Homemade Hamburgers

Every now and then I go over to the Healthy Food Guide and grab a recipe for dinner. They have hundred of recipes that are healthy, low-cost (using few ingredients) and easy!

As a kiwi, I enjoy an outdoor barbecue every now and then! And like most, I also enjoy creating a homemade hamburger! Seems awfully simple and not entire worthy of a blog post, but helpful none the less.

Homemade Hamburgers
Serves 6

  • 500 grams beef mince
  • 1 carrot, grated
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon garlic or onion salt (I used regular cooking salt)
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats

Place the beef mince, carrot, onion, salt and rolled oats into a bowl. Mix with clean hands and divide into 6 lots. Press each lot into a saucer to make a patty, or shape patty with your hands. At this stage place all 6 patties on a plate and pre-cook in the microwave for around 5 minutes. This really speeds up the cooking process!

Now if you’ve got yourself a beautiful sunny evening, you can use the BBQ to cook these. I didn’t so I sprayed a frying pan. Put patties in and fry, turning, until cooked. Remember to turn down the heat if you find they are cooking too fast.

Split buns in half. Grill until golden. Spread with tomato sauce. To put hamburgers together, place cooked meat patty on top of sauce, then tomato slices on top, then lettuce and other salad ingredients of your choice! Put lid on top and serve. Yummy.

Deliciously Sticky Hot Cross Buns

Well, it is Easter Sunday in New Zealand so Happy Easter. I do hope you’ve spent the better part of today munching down on some tasty chocolate, alongside family and friends!

Although hot cross buns are a traditional Good Friday treat, I made these buns last night and they are seriously tasty! I told myself I shouldn’t but when they came out of the oven at 10-something pm I cut  a bun open, spread it with creamy butter and gobbled it down….right then and there. Then I went in for another. But hey, it’s Easter. We can do that at Easter. Kind of.

There is just something I love about hot cross buns! They are perfect fresh, freeze well and are fabulous toasted. Happy cooking!

Sticky Hot Cross Buns
Makes 15

For the buns:

  • 1/2 cup of milk
  • 1/2 cup boiling water
  • 1 tsp brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp yeast
  • 4 cups white flour
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 cup mixed fruit (I used a simple combination of sultanas and currants)
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten

 For the crosses:

  • 1 tbsp butter, chilled
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 2 tbsp cold water
For the glaze:
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup boiling water

Pour milk and water into a bowl. Stir in sugar, and sprinkle over yeast. Set aside for approximately 5 minutes or until yeast mixture is nice and frothy.

Using a larger bowl, mix together flours, extra sugar and salt. Rub in butter, add fruit and spice. Make a well in the centre, pour in yeast liquid plus egg, mix thoroughly, dough should be slightly sticky – a little more warm liquid may need to be added. It could be up to an extra 1/4 cup.

Turn onto a lightly floured bench and knead for 10 minutes. Return dough to a warm, greased bowl, leave in a warm place to double in bulk – this will take roughly 1 hour. Turn the dough onto a lightly floured bench, and knead 2-3 minutes.

To shape buns, divide the dough into 15 pieces and roll into balls. Place onto a lightly greased tray, one finger width apart. Return to a warm place to double in bulk for approximately 60 minutes.

Right, you are now ready to place the crosses on the buns. Rub 1 tablespoon  of chilled butter into 1/4 cup flour then mix to a soft dough, using 2 tablespoons of cold water. Roll out on a floured board and cut into appropriate lengths. Place carefully onto risen buns just before they go into the oven.

Bake at 220 degrees for 8-10 minutes. To make the sticky glaze,  mix 2 tablespoons of brown sugar, and 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon with 1/4 cup boiling water. Microwave for 2-3 minutes and brush on the hot buns. Deliciously sticky and gooooood!!