Saturday, October 25, 2014

Potato and Sweet Corn Sliders ~ Mini Burgers for Party!

When I baked in those beautiful Eggless Burger Buns, I knew I had to make two more recipes as the combo, as I was sure I won't be able to bake the other bread that was suggested for this month's Tame the Yeast theme. The Eggless Burger Buns were suggested by Gayathri and she made 4 buns from her measurement. I wanted to make smaller versions as I was planning on making the Sliders. A slider is supposed to be a smaller version of the regular burger, made with patty or other toppings served on a smaller buns.

Since Konda has been asking me for some burgers for a while, I thought this would be the best option I can go for. Infact I made two version of the sliders, you can come back to read on the other idea tomorrow. Coming to the first version, I used a very simple patty, with ingredients that my daughter would love to eat. Sweet corns are always stocked, so I boiled some and made a simple patty mixed with boiled potato, seasoned with Italian seasoning and chili flakes. The highlight comes in cooking this in butter and getting the golden texture on both the sides.

It's been raining the whole week and we are having a wonderful weather. I miss my rides in a rain drenched roads, however the way the roads are so poorly maintained it becomes a exercise in extreme to wade through the waters and reach your destiny. On the Diwali day we work and that day I mostly use my bike. So riding my bike on an almost empty road, with some handful of kids playing with the firecrackers, splashing on the patches of rain water, I was get reminded of the many such rides from past. I don't know what's it about rains and rain clogged roads and a bike ride. It always gets me nostalgic and reminds of roads not taken and I get very poignant. Of course nothing dramatic happens after this. I still get back to regular everyday stuff. However those few moments spent alone on your bike, with hardly any company on the roads and the weather being so chill, takes you to heaven, if not literally!

And the heaven it was, was what Konda told me when she took a bite of this slider I made for her. She was undecided on which was best. She voted both as awesome, basically she finished off the buns mostly as such. I had to request her to keep some for these two recipes.
Coming to the picture set up, did you notice the green and fresh coriander leaves? well I am so grinning with joy as these are plucked fresh from my pot! I have a pot full of fresh coriander leaves and it looks so awesome. Have clicked some pictures, didn't get around sharing it. Anyway make this and enjoy!
Potato and Sweet Corn Sliders

Ingredients Needed:

Eggless Burger Buns

For the patties

Mashed potato - 1/2 cup
Boiled Sweet Corn Kernels - 1/2 cup
Butter - 1 tbsp
Salt to taste
Italian Seasoning - 1 tsp
Chili flakes - 1 tsp

Other ingredients

Ketchup as required
Cheese Slices
Onion Circles Rinds
Tomato Circles

How to make the Potato Sweet Corn Patty

Wash and slash the potato and MW for 4 mins. Soak in water and mash with fork.

Boil sweet corn kernels for 5 mins and drain.

Take both mashed potato and corn, add in the spices and mix well.

Press tightly so that the potatoes and corn get combined well. Pinch out small portions and roll them into patties.

Heat a non stick pan with butter, place the patties and cook on low flame, till it gets golden on both sides.

For the assembling the Sliders
Slice the burgers half, heat a pan with butter. Toast the burger on both sides.

Remove to a plate, spread ketchup on the lower slide, place the cheese slice and then this patty on top. Press and serve.

I didn't add cheese slice in the slider that I have clicked. However cheese slice makes all the difference.

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Friday, October 24, 2014

Homemade Eggless Burger Buns ~ Step by Step Pictures

I decided to do at least two weeks of BM in this space as well, seeing how badly I need the push factor to get going. I guess there are moments in life when you simply want to shut down everything and just close your eyes and sleep. Yay, simply sleep. I strongly embrace the thought that life is just too short to be wasted sleeping. This thought has seen me through many nights and days, without a wink, trying to do as many things as I could.

However for the first time in my life, I felt I should simply not bother on anything and l should just forget I have two blogs that need to be actively fed with new recipes. Infact off late my quality of recipes have gone very bad. I no longer seem to have the zeal to think for much interesting dishes, dishes that hardly would get my family's fancy. If all I want to make is a simply chutney, I just do.
Life is not that simple right, we carry on, carry on with the thought that this might be a freak period in life that comes to everybody, and one fine day you wake up and think it was just a dream. Anyway reasons are quite simple, work life and family life has become so hectic. Though it wasn't as hectic it was some seven summers back, when we had infant babies on hand, yet I blogged non stop on daily basis.

Maybe I need to wait for my mojo to come back. I strongly believe, what goes, comes back. So with that thought in mind, I present the Tame the Yeast Challenge, we took upon on ourselves. This month we had Gayathri and Priya Suresh Challenging us to make some Eggless Burger Buns. Unfortunately I didn't find enough time to make the second one.

So I made Gayathri's Eggless Burger Buns and planned on some long pending versions of dishes with these burgers. The recipe was supposed to make 4 buns, however I made smaller ones and got 6 buns. Konda as always, loved it so much and wouldn't let me get on with the recipes I had in mind. I told her that I would surely be baking these again.

Konda was all for eating these as such, however I told her, with the given time I had on hand, I simply couldn't afford to bake another batch right away.

Eggless Burger Buns

Preparation Time - 15 - 20 mins
Resting time for first rise - 2 hrs
Second Rise - 45 mins
Baking Time - 25 mins at 170 C

Makes 6 small Buns

Ingredients Needed:

All purpose Flour / Maida -1 & 3/4 cup
Unsalted Butter - 1 tbsp
Curd / Yogurt - 1/4 cup + a pinch of Baking Soda (this acts as the egg substitute)
Sugar - 1/8 cup
Luke Warm Water - 1/3 - 1/2 cup
Salt - 3/4 tsp
Instant Yeast -1/2 tbs (If using dry yeast use the same amount)

How to make the eggless burger buns

In a wide bowl add the flour, salt, sugar, butter, yeast and curd baking powder mixture.

Add water slowly to knead into a soft and slightly sticky dough. Start from 1/4 cup of water and slowly add water by tablespoon. I used about 1/2 cup.

Continue kneading till you get a soft pliable dough. This takes about 10 - 15 mins. This is to ensure gluten is developed. 

Then oil the mixing bowl, place the dough and keep it covered till it doubles. It took me nearly an hour and half, as I had kept in a pre heated oven. Else it might take more time if the weather is not hot.

When the dough is doubled in volume, punch it down and knead it again.

Divide the dough into 6 equal parts. Roll each ball by cupping it inside the palm and rolling it in circles until you get a smooth finish.

In a greased baking tray, place the balls with enough place for rising. Next latten each ball and keep it covered with a towel until it doubles.

When the time is almost up for baking, preheat oven to 170C.  When the balls are ready, brush the top with milk and sprinkle sesame seeds on top.

Place the tray in the oven and bake for 15-25 minutes or until the top is golden.

Remove the tray from oven and brush the buns with melted butter.

Allow it to cool completely before handling.

The temperature you bake also depends on the baking tray you use. If you use black tray, bake it at lower temperature. The recipe asks for 160C, however mine has only 170C.

Also I was not planning on making typical burgers but something else, so for that sake, I had to make these smaller. Come back tomorrow to check out what all I made!

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