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Homemade Hamburger Buns

Reviewed: Aug. 14, 2013
Gotta love Chef John's buns! These turned out really well - light, lovely taste and texture. Also delicious when made with whole wheat flour. The only change I made to the recipe was to cut the sugar down to 1 tblsp, because 3 tblsp makes it way too sweet for my (European) taste, and it adds unnecessary calories. I whisked the egg, then tossed all the ingredients into my bread-making machine on the dough-making setting, thereby skipping steps 2 through 6, resuming at step 7. I also use this recipe for hot dog buns, and the results are excellent. For hot dog buns, in step 7, flatten each of the 8 pieces into 15x15cm (6x6-inch) rectangles, very tightly roll each one, pinch the ends and along the remaining edge, then lay out on the baking sheet with the remaining edge down. In step 10, brush lightly with the egg-wash, but skip the sesame seeds.
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Carrot Cake III

Reviewed: Jun. 13, 2013
Great base but definitely needs adjustment. Overpowering amounts of sugar, cinnamon and pecans destroy the subtle tastes and could easily leave the blind taste-tester wondering if it's just a spice cake with butter icing. Instead of 2c white sugar, I use 1-1/4 c loosely packed light brown sugar. Instead of 1-1/4 c oil, which I find too much to consume in one cake, I used 3/4 c oil (peanut oil) and 1/2 c apple sauce. I added 4c of carrot, grated with a course cheese grater. 2 tsp cinnamon overpowers the carrots and leaves a burning sensation in the throat, so I reduce to 1 tsp. I wouldn't recommend additional vanilla, cinnamon or nutmeg, because it just overpowers it. Baking soda works as a rising agent when combined with acid so I found it odd there's no particularly acidic ingredient in this recipe, so I added 4 slices pineapple, crushed and drained. 4 c sugar in the icing is way too much, I reduced it to 1/2 c to let the lovely cream cheese flavour come through, and I eliminated the nuts and butter. To those having problems with the centre caving in, I would suggest having all your ingredients ready beforehand, and add the baking powder and soda at the end. Baking soda starts rising immediately and if it's added before you've grated your carrots or chopped your pecans, it will have used and lost some of its rising abilities before going in the oven.
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Quinoa Black Bean Burgers

Reviewed: Jun. 11, 2013
Great taste and consistency. For a slightly fuller flavour, I added 1tsp Worcestershire Sauce to this recipe. I used bread crumbs as called for in the recipe, but they were from a whole wheat loaf I'd made myself. I put a piece of the bread in a food processor for a few seconds to pulverise it. I baked/grilled the patties in the oven, eliminating the need for oil. For the last couple of minutes in the oven, I top each of the patties with with a slice of pineapple and a slice of swiss cheese (my favourite toppings) and served with some curry ketchup.
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Pop's Dill Pickles

Reviewed: Jul. 17, 2012
Excellent recipe! Although I love garlic, I prefer the simpler taste of "Pop's" original recipe without garlic. The first time I made these, I didn't have dill heads or seed, so I substituted 4 sprigs of fresh dill weed per 1 litre jar (2 sprigs at the bottom, 2 sprigs on top), and the result was great. I find have to increase the brine recipe by about a half to make sure I can fully cover the pickles.
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Apple Pie by Grandma Ople

Reviewed: Aug. 19, 2010
Grandma Ople was right: this pie doesn't need vanilla, cinnamon and/or nutmeg. In fact, those extra ingredients just ruin the subtlety of the flavour and overpower it. If you are unable to appreciate simple flavours and feel you *must* add them, then just add 1 TSP of vanilla (NOT a TBLSP, as a TBLSP really kills it!), 1/2 TSP of cinnamon and a pinch of nutmeg. But, really, this recipe is perfect the way it is. Make sure you use light brown sugar and not dark, as the extra molasses in dark brown sugar will cause the butter to separate off again and the sauce will not be smooth.
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