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Homemade Finger Buns

I was scouring over the recipes on the Thermomix Recipe Community (when I should be writing reports….I know) when I came across something that looks easy, yummy and perfect for work – “Finger Buns”.

I like to try and find ways to make the food we eat more organic and less processed, so thought I would have a go at making these little beauties before I sat down to write reports.

I never thought I would be someone who would go organic in my food choices when I can. I have always thought the whole “organic vs. sprayed” food debate was a bunch of baloney…..but now after researching it myself, I get it. Not everything hubby and I eat is organic – no way! – but we try and substitute when we can. ¬†BUT I definitely steer well away from Genetic Modified Foods…that is just plain freaky!

As you read through this recipe, you will see things got a little runny – mixture and icing – so I just kept adding bits and pieces until it thickened up. That is the way I cook…a bit left-field ūüôā

Finger Buns

BunsI had to add more SRF to the mixture as it was too runny.¬†I am told by my taste-testers that this is the BEST dough recipe ever. “Tastes just like damper”.

  • 280g organic self raising flour
  • 30g homemade butter
  • 50g sultanas
  • 30g organic raw sugar
  • 170g raw milk
  • 1 backyard egg

Sweat Topping (Yep, I had to reread too – sweat, not sweet)

Putting the sweat-stuff on the warm buns

  • 2 tbs hot water
  • 2 tbs castor sugar (ground up in TM from organic raw sugar)

Icing Sugar – a bit too runny, so put it in the fridge to set. It was the water content of the strawberries I bet!

The icing hardening in the fridge.

  • 140g icing sugar (made the same way as castor sugar)
  • Some fresh strawberries and a touch of strawberry essence (recipe says a drop of pink colouring instead of both of these)
  • 1 tbs hot water
  • 1 tbs homemade butter

1. Preheat oven to 220C. Line baking tray with baking paper.

2. Add SRF to TM 4 sec/sp 8. Add butter 8 sec/sp6. Add sultana’s & castor sugar & mix REVERSE 10sec/speed 2.5

3. Remove MC & place a tall empty cup ontop of TM lid. Clear the scale. Add milk & egg into cup.

4. Place TM on REVERSE 15 sec/sp5, while adding milk & egg mixture through the lid hole. Do not over-mix.

5. Knead for 30 sec/Interval sp. 6. Turn onto lightly floured surface. Break into 10 even sized pieces & shape into oval finger bun shapes (smaller is better).

7. Place buns close together on baking paper & brush top lightly with milk. Bake for 12-15 mins until very light brown.

Sweat Topping

1. Combine water & castor sugar in a small cup. Brush over hot buns & allow to cool on a wire rack.

Icing

1. Combined icing sugar, water & butter. Either in a small bowl or in TM with the BUTTERFLY 5 sec/sp 4

2. Add the pureed strawberries (or food colouring) & mix for a further 3 sec/sp 4 with BUTTERFLY.

3. Spread mixture on buns & serve with homemade butter

I strangely didn’t take a photo of the finished product because….well….I forgot. They got wrapped up and ready for lunches. You can use your imagination though.¬†They got the big thumbs up from husband!

Introducing Tilly!

Tilly busy telling Sidney Poitier off!

I first loved the name Tilly when my friend and I were watching ‘Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner’ starring Katharine Hepburn. ¬†In the movie, they introduce the maid who spends most of the time in the kitchen organising dinner. ¬†I leant over to my friend and said, “wouldn’t it be amazing to have a Tilly? ¬†You just get dressed for dinner and all the work is done for you!”. ¬†My friend smiled and said one word, “Thermomix”.

So without further adieu, let me introduce you to my Tilly.

Tilly

Isn’t she beautiful! Tilly is my Thermomix. Here she is making us an omelette while I am busy in the bathroom straightening my hair.

Thermomix? I hear you ask. Let me blow your mind. She is an expensive piece of equipment who is worth her weight in gold…a milliion, trillion, gazillion pieces of gold. I wish I had bought her years ago! She is a machine that I have always dreamed of and only found out about at the end of last year. ¬†Since then I have been wanting one! From non-cooker to I-can’t stop-myself-cooker, my life has changed.

Tilly can do the following with the push of a button and a turn of a dial –¬†chop, beat, mix, whip, grind, knead, mince, grate, juice, blend, heat, stir, steam and weigh¬†food. ¬†I have been selling all my old kitchen stuff (juicer, rice cooker, blender, food processor, bread maker, mixer, scales, etc) and Tilly has pride of place on my counter. ¬†I use it three or more times a day.

The kitchen appliance that has changed my life

I can put uncooked pasta and vegies inside Tilly (sounds a bit weird) and she will chop and cook to perfection while I get other things done around the place. She won’t burn a single thing.

These are some of the things that I (I mean Tilly) have made so far –

  • bacon and mushroom risotto (while I sat on the couch with mum & a glass of white)
  • countless quantities of vanilla custard (while I cleaned the kitchen/put the eggs, flour, milk, vanilla extract & honey away – I only had 7 minutes until the custard was ready!)
  • sweet chilli sauce (forget the¬†preservative¬†stuff from the shop – this stuff is WAAAAAY better)
  • chilli con carne (while I had a shower & hopped into my PJ’s. Yes, Tilly cooks the meat too. ¬†She is so clever)
  • the omelette in the above photo
  • Juice (orange juice with all the seeds – just peel. Carrot, apple and ginger juice – apple core and all). No wastage here, all the fibre and you don’t need as much fruit.
  • sticky rice dessert (while hubby and I sat and had coffee on our patio)
  • beetroot salad (quick, delicious lunch while tidying up the house)
  • Sorbet (using organic rapadura sugar, ice, frozen berries and lime in no time!)

My most favourite thing about Tilly the Thermomix is that you can eat foods in its most natural state. If I want Rice Flour, Tilly will whip it up for me from plain old rice! I can make my own peanut butter, butter, mayo, choc sauce, bread, etc. It is amazing for people with allergies too.  Hello gluten-free world!

Here is a sample of what Tilly can do –

There is so much I could tell you.¬†I don’t want to write a long post here (cause who likes endless reading right?), but if you own a Thermomix please comment below on your favourite thing about this amazing machine ūüôā