Monday, February 20, 2012

Messy Janes and 40 Minute Burger Buns

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My idea of fast food is something I can whip up in less than an hour and it's healthy.  Fast food doesn't have to be junk food.  With a little planning you can make delicious, healthy foods your  family will love . . . especially your kids and/or grandkids!
Messy Janes and 40 Minute Burger Buns meet my fast food criteria.  Make a double batch of Messy Janes and you'll have a great meal for now and a quick meal you can pull out of your freezer to use on those busy days when cooking is nearly impossible!


This is the #1 fast food my Grands ask for every time they spend the weekend with us.  "No one can make it better than Gramma!"  We have renamed the classic sloppy joe, Messy Janes in honor of our 4 granddaughters:  AJ, Hannah, Matty and Emmy!


Messy Janes on a 40-Minute Burger Bun

So, let's get started with the 40 Minute Burger Buns!  These buns can be made with a mixer, but I prefer using a bread machine because it saves time and cuts down on the mess.  Before you begin set out all the ingredients called for in the recipe, also the kitchen tools you will need i.e. measuring cups, spoons, baking sheets  etc.  Also, fill your sink with hot, soapy water to wash up your baking tools as you go.  If you don't have a dish drainer, purchase one, it will make cleanup so much easier.  An important part of being a good cook is also being an effective home manager.  That means we find efficient ways to keep our work environment tidy and clean, we plan healthy meals for our family and we save money by making food from scratch.  

40 MINUTE BURGER BUNS
These fluffy yet hardy buns are perfect for Messy Janes and burgers.


Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.

    2   tablespoons active dry yeast
    1   cup plus 2 tablespoons warm water (110 to 115degrees F.)
1/3    cup canola or light olive oil
1/4    cup sugar
   1    egg 
   1    teaspoon salt
3 to 3-1/2 cups unbleached flour
         
For seeded buns-- 1 egg white 
                                    1 teaspoon warm water
                                     your choice of sesame or poppy seeds

BREAD MACHINE INSTRUCTIONS
  • Remove bread machine bowl.  
  • To the bowl add:  water, oil, sugar, egg, salt, and flour.
  • Make a small hollow with your fingers in the middle of your flour, taking care not to break through to the wet ingredients below.
  • Add yeast.
  • Set bread machine on Dough Cycle. 
  • Let machine knead dough for 5 minutes.
  • Turn off machine.  Dough will be soft and sticky.
  • Gently remove dough from bowl by pulling it from the sides and adding a sprinkling of flour as you work the dough onto a floured surface.
  • Pat the dough to 1/2-inch thickness.  (For tender buns handle dough gently and don't over flour as you work with dough).
  • Cut circles out and place on a parchment lined baking sheet or a greased cookie sheet.  (you can make smaller buns for children and also hot dog buns.)
  • Cover with light tea towel or greased plastic wrap and place in a warm spot to rest for 10 minutes.  (A large microwave provides a warm place if you barely close the door so the light bulb remains on.)
  • While waiting for buns to rest, separate an egg white and mix with 1 teaspoon of warm water and whisk together.
  • Brush gently on tops of buns; sprinkle with seeds. 
  • Bake 425degree F. oven on middle rack for 8 to 12 minutes.
  • Cool on cooling rack.  
Tip:  Freeze buns you are not using in freezer bag with a layer of wax paper above and below       
         buns.  This will stop crystals from forming on your buns.  This also works with cookies,
         rolls, any baked goods.

40-Minute Hot Dog Buns
MESSY JANES

To a large frying pan add:

1 1/2  lbs. ground chuck
      1  cup chopped onions
   1/2  teaspoon salt
   1/4  teaspoon pepper
      
Cook meat until browned. 
Drain grease (save your tin cans to pour grease into).
Messy Jane Mix 

To browned ground chuck add:

       1  cup Heinz ketchup
       2  teaspoons yellow mustard
       2  tablespoons sweet pickle relish
1 1/2  teaspoons horseradish
    1/2 cup water
       2  tablespoons brown sugar

Simmer for 10-15 minutes allowing flavors to mingle.
Serve on split 40 Minute Burger Buns.

There is nothing quite like the smell of fresh bread baking in your very own oven!  This is a great way to fill your house with wonderful smells, happy smiles, and these recipes are kid tested and Gramma approved . . . Over at Julie's.
      

Homemade Goodness on a Homemade Bun!!!

HAPPY MONDAY!!!
Have a Great Week!!!