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Easy poppy seed burger buns recipe.

Yeah, I can be a little snobbish when it comes to making homemade burgers. I always insist on serving them with homemade buns. Just something about using store bought buns that make me feel like I can’t really call the burgers homemade.

That’s probably why I’ve only ever made homemade burgers twice so far, hehehe.

Anyway, I’ll probably be making more homemade burgers now that I’ve discovered this bun recipe. I took the liberty to tweak it a little with some knowledge I acquired from watching one too many bread making videos on YouTube.

This recipe is fantastic because everything only happens in 2 bowls. You don’t really need a large, clean surface to knead the dough or anything (something I personally quite detest due to the mess).

# – Easy poppy seed burger buns.

The ingredients:

  • 1 cup of warm milk
  • 2 tablespoons of butter, melted
  • 2 tablespoons of warm water
  • 2 tablespoons of white sugar
  • 2 tablespoon of dry instant yeast
  • 1 teaspoons salt
  • 3 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 1 egg white
  • Poppy seeds
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  • # – First, pour the mixture of warm milk, warm water and melted butter into a mixing bowl.

    # – Then sprinkle the dry yeast and sugar all over the surface. Allow to stand for 10 minutes.

    # – Sift flour over the yeast mixture.

    # – Followed by salt (Don’t put salt in with yeast, it murders them!)

    # – Now, with your fingers gently mix everything together till combined. It will be very sticky, but refrain from adding flour. The more you work with your finger, the less sticky it will be, trust me! Stop when the dough is only just a bit sticky but manageable.

    # – Grease another bowl with olive oil (I poured 1 tablespoon of oil into the bowl then used a kitchen towel to spread it all over). Transfer the dough into the greased bowl and cover with cling film. Leave it be in room temperature for 1 hour.

    # – After an hour, the dough should double in size. Use a pastry cutter or a knife to cut the dough into 6 equal pieces. It is very easy to handle the dough now. Not sticky! :)

    # – Take one piece and pull it towards the end of your finger tips like this.

    # – Then pull it back towards your body, like this. Repeat 2 or 3 times.

    # – Then form into a ball and lay it on a non-stick baking tray. Do the pulling thing with the rest of the dough pieces.

    # – Cover the balls with a clean tea towel and let stand for another hour. They will expand in size as well.

    # – Before sticking them into the oven, brush egg white all over the surface of the balls.

    # – Sprinkle poppy seeds all over. You may use other type of seeds too.

    # – Bake in a pre-heated oven at 190 degrees celcius for 15 minutes.

    # – Poppy seed burger buns, DONE!

    # – Slice bun in half and put in your homemade patty for a true homemade burger :D

    The buns were soft and spongy. Absolutely delicious and so simple to make! Like I said, it all only happened in 2 bowls, no messy counter top to clean, no flying flour. Lovely :)

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    The Orange English Trifle.

    It is compulsory for me to make an english trifle since I’m dating an Englishman. Besides, I LOVE trifle. It’s easy to make and it’s so decadent and delicious.

    # – The Orange English Trifle.

    I decided to make trifle the easy way, by using all store bought ingredients rather than making the ingredients from scratch. Reason? LAZINESS.

    # – Some of the store bought ingredients :D

    The beauty of this dish is that you can decide how thick each layer is. If you like more fruits, put in more fruits. For us, we had a massively thick custard hehehehe. So you can just use my recipe as a reference more than anything :)

    For the sponge, fruit, jelly & cream layers:

  • 1 packet of instant orange jello, mine yielded 400ml of jelly
  • 6-8 pieces of lady’s fingers (the biscuit, not the vegetable)
  • A few tablespoons of Cointreau or any orange liquer
  • 300 ml of whipping cream, whipped
  • 1 can of mandarin oranges
  • For the custard layer:

  • 4 tablespoons of Bird’s custard powder
  • 2 tablespoons of caster sugar
  • 600 ml of milk
  • # – First, break the lady’s fingers and lay them on the bottom of a clear jelly bowl.

    # – Add a few dashes of Cointreau or as much as desired over the lady’s fingers until they are quite soaked.

    # – Now lay the mandarin oranges over the lady fingers.

    # – By now you should have cooked the orange jello according to instructions on the packet. Pour it over the mandarin oranges and lady’s fingers.

    # – It will now look like this. Stick it in the fridge to set (length of time refer to jelly setting instructions on the packet).

    # – Make the custard by first dissolving 4 tablespoons of custard + 2 tablespoons of sugar in a large bowl with 10 tablespoons of milk taken from the 600 ml of milk. Use your fingers to dissolve to make sure there’s no lumps. Then warm up the remainder of milk in a saucepan and pour it into the bowl with the dissolved custard while whisking the mixture constantly. Then, pour the mixture back into the same saucepan. On gentle heat, warm up the mixture again and stir until thickens. Allow to cool slightly then pour custard onto the set jelly.

    # – Stick it in the fridge for at least 3 hours or until custard has set.

    # – When the custard has set, whip up the cream and pipe it onto the surface of the custard if you like it like that. Otherwise, feel free to just spoon it over.

    # – The Orange English Trifle, DONE!

    # – Absolutely delightful with a variety of textures that come together so harmoniously.

    Orange jelly, Cointreau soaked sponges, tart mandarin oranges and creamy, smooth custard AND cream. It’s awesome. True story.

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    Charlie & I are going to win PURINA ONE Picture of Health Contest!

    I had so much fun taking pictures of Charlie for the PURINA ONE Picture of Health Contest!

    In my not so humble opinion, Charlie is the epitome of health so I’m banking on my hairy son on winning the main prize of RM10,000 and one year’s supply of PURINA ONE kibbles!

    Finally an awesome contest for dog lovers! C’mon Charlie, make it happen for mummy! :D

    # – PURINA ONE Picture of Health Contest.

    PURINA ONE promises improvements in 6 areas when you feed your dog PURINA ONE exclusively for 30 days and they are:

    1. Better body condition
    2. Clearer eyes, healthy skin & coat
    3. Strong bones & joints
    4. Improved digestion
    5. Strong immune system
    6. Healthy teeth & gums

    So in the spirit of PURINA ONE’s promises, Charlie and I have decided to submit photo entries into the contest that are centered around them! Check us out :D

    # – Charlie with Better Body Condition (That’s why he’s such a happy, jolly, merry cocker spaniel!).

    # – Charlie with Clearer Eyes, Healthy Skin & Coat (EEEEk too cute!!! I can squeeze the air out of him right now!).

    # – Charlie with Strong Bones & Joints (See he can support his weight on only 3 legs hehehe)

    # – Charlie with Improved Digestion (I contemplated taking a picture of his beautiful, slightly soft but not too soft ahemmm but I refrained lah!)

    # – Charlie with Strong Immune System (Out everyday, on grass, mud and gawdknowswhat but still awesome!)

    # – Charlie with Healthy Teeth & Gums (He only eats kibbles which keep his gnashers strong and bright)

    So, do you want to have a fun time taking pictures of your furkids and stand a chance to win some monehs and year’s supply of dog food while at it??

    The PURINA ONE Picture of Health Contest ends on 2nd October 2011 and this is how you participate:

    • Log on to PURINA ONE website.
    • Answer 2 simple questions (the answers are on the website).
    • Upload your furkids’ photos.
    • Enter the expiry date and barcode name of your PURINA ONE product as proof of purchase to enter.
    • Register as member by keying in your details and voila…on your way to winning cash and PURINA ONE supplies!

    By the way, if you’re not into online submission, you can also get entry forms from shops that sell PURINA ONE.

    # – PURINA ONE Smartblend Lamb & Rice, Charlie’s favourite.

    For more information, check out: May the best furkid wins!

    /competitive mode switched on

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