Cheeseburger Buns

My mom called me last week and tried to order a pizza for delivery. She says it’s not fair to post all these recipes and pictures and she doesn’t get to eat any. So this weekend I decided I would make dinner for my family, and talked my sister Jamie into helping. We decided to make these Cheeseburger Buns I found in a Taste of Home magazine, with a few minor changes.  It seemed like it would be a fun one to make with kids, and the taste is very kid friendly too. My sister enjoyed kneading the dough, though it was pretty sticky business at first! She also had fun rolling out the dough and pinching it together over the fillings.

Dough:
1 pkg rapid rise yeast
1/3 cup warm water (110° to 115°)
1/3 cup warm milk (110° to 115°)
1/8 cup sugar
1/8 cup shortening
1 egg
1 tsp salt
2 to 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour


Filling:
1 pound ground beef or ground turkey
1 small onion, chopped
1/2 pound Velveeta Cheese, cubed
salt and pepper to taste
1 to 2 tbsp butter, melted


Makes about 1 dozen


In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Add the milk, sugar, shortening, egg, salt and 1 1/2 cups flour; beat until smooth. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a soft dough.
Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about 6-8 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 30 minutes.

Meanwhile, in a large skillet, cook the beef, onion, salt and pepper over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Add cheese; cook and stir until cheese is melted. Remove from the heat.
Punch dough down. Turn onto a lightly floured surface; divide in half. Roll each portion into a rectangle about 12-in. x 8-in.; cut each into six squares. Place 1/4 cup meat mixture in the center of each square. Bring corners together in the center and pinch to seal.
Place 2 in. apart on greased baking sheets. Bake at 400° for 9-11 minutes or until lightly browned. Brush with butter. Serve warm with your favorite cheeseburger toppings.


I was impressed with the flavor and texture of the bun, it was nice and soft just like a hamburger bun. Since we used the rapid rise yeast the dough was ready by the time the filling was cooked. The filling was pretty simple and definately hit the spot for a cheeseburger craving.


My mom called and said she thought these would be good to try with sloppy joe filling.  I think that she means I should come over there and try it!

– Jodi

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Whole Wheat Pizza Dough

I’ve been making homemade pizza lately because it’s one of the things I’ve been craving, but it’s much healthier to make it myself. I’ve been playing with different dough recipes and so far this one’s my favorite.
It makes a thin crust that is crisp on the outside, but still has some chewy on the inside. The whole wheat flour gives the dough more flavor than a white pizza dough.  It uses a quick rise yeast, so I can pull it together last minute. But if you like, you can make the dough ahead and store in a plastic bag coated with cooking spray in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. Bring to room temperature before using.



3/4 cup whole-wheat flour
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 package quick-rising yeast
3/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp sugar
1/2-2/3 cup hot water (120-130°F)
2 tsp extra-virgin olive oil
(Makes 12 oz of dough)


Combine flours, yeast, salt and sugar in a food processor or stand mixer; mix to combine. Combine hot water and oil in a measuring cup. With the mixer running, gradually pour in enough of the hot liquid until the mixture forms a sticky ball. The dough should be pretty soft. If it seems dry, add 1 to 2 tablespoons warm water; if it’s too sticky, add 1 to 2 tablespoons flour. Mix until the dough forms a ball, then mix for 1 minute to knead.


Transfer the dough to a lightly floured surface. Coat a sheet of plastic wrap with cooking spray and place it, sprayed-side down, over the dough. Let the dough rest for 10 to 20 minutes before rolling.


Place a pizza stone or inverted baking sheet on the lowest oven rack; preheat oven to 500°F or highest setting. Roll (about a 13-inch circle) and top the pizza as desired and bake the pizza until the bottom is crisp and golden, 10 to 14 minutes.

I’ve also been playing with different toppings. My new favorite thing to put on my pizza is caramelized onion. Regular chopped onion is good too, but that extra sweetness and tenderness they get when you brown them first just makes it so much better! For this one I put:
1-2 tbsp olive oil
1 sliced tomato
a handful of fresh chopped basil
1 thinly sliced onion sauteed with
2 cloves garlic
1/3 small can of black olives
fresh mozzarella cheese, thinly sliced
shredded parmesan cheese




Now that I found a dough that I like I think I will have to play with it a bit, maybe add some herbs or garlic to the crust. And of course try some different toppings! What do you like on your pizza?


– Jodi

Strawberry Cream Cheese Frosting

I love strawberries, so when they go on sale I tend to lose my head and buy too many.  This week I found myself with 4 lbs to use up. While I don’t mind just eating a handful as a snack, I wanted to get more creative to use them up before they go bad. Today I found a recipe on one of my favorite blogs, My Baking Addiction, I just had to try.


I decided to just use a box mix for these vanilla cupcakes to save time. Normally I’m not a big frosting person, I’ve never been the type that could just eat frosting out of the bowl. This frosting is so tasty, it might be the exception for me. It tastes almost like strawberry ice cream. It is a bit soft, but keeping the cupcakes in the fridge does the trick.

from My Baking Addiction

1/2 cup whole strawberries
1 stick unsalted butter, firm and slightly cold
1 8 ounce package of cream cheese, slightly cold
1/2 teaspoon clear vanilla extract
22 ounces of confectioners’ sugar (approximately 1.4 pounds)

Place strawberries in the bowl of a small food processor; process until pureed. In a medium bowl beat butter on medium speed until light and fluffy. Add in the cream cheese and beat until combined. Reduce mixer speed and slowly add confectioners’ sugar; beat until well combined. Add vanilla and 3 tablespoons strawberry puree (save any remaining strawberry puree for another use); mix until just blended. Do not over mix or frosting will incorporate too much air.


Next time you want something other than the traditional chocolate or vanilla frosting, give this one a try. I know I will be making it again!  🙂

– Jodi

P.S. What’s your favorite way to use Strawberries?