The Monster Mac
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First of all a couple of notes… this is quite a big pimp because everything is handmade and I thought you might as well have it all in one place If you have a better bread recipe by all means use that one. Secondly, the estimation of the cost is quite a big estimate as I had a lot of the ingredients in the kitchen already but I’ve done my best to give an accurate estimation for making four burgers; £18.97. Finally you should add sesame seeds to the top buns but we poor students found this a luxury and decided to omit them, right, let’s get pimpin’!!

Monster Mac sauce

1 cup of mayo £0.64
4 tbsp French dressing £0.85
8 tsp sweet pickle relish £0.26
2 tbsp finely minced white onion £0.15
2 tsp white wine vinegar £0.65
2 tsp sugar
¼ tsp salt

Total cost: £2.55

Simply mix all ingredients together and chill for a couple of hours before tasting; this allows the flavours to really combine

If it is too vinegary/pickley then add a bit of mayo and if it is visa versa add a bit more pickle until it tastes right. Ideally this should be left overnight in the fridge, stirring a couple of times as it chills

Monster Mac buns

This recipe makes two buns which makes one burger.

450g plain white flour £0.35 x2
10ml salt
15g butter £0.85
1 packet of dried yeast £0.60
300ml lukewarm water
Milk or beaten egg for brushing

Total cost: £2.15

1. Dissolve 1tsp of sugar into the water and sprinkle yeast on top. Leave in a warm place for ten minutes until it becomes frothy.

2. Sift flour and salt into a bowl, you might want to weigh out a bit more than 450g of flour because it will go EVERYWHERE!

3. Add frothy yeast water to the flour and mix well until the dough leaves the sides of the bowl clean (add more flour if needed but patience is a virtue in this process!)

4. Knead on a floured surface for ten minutes. Cover with a tea-towel and let double in size. A tip is to put the dough on a floured chopping board and place under/next to a radiator, just speeds everything up.

5. Cut in two

and knead again on a floured surface until firm (usually a couple of minutes) and shape into greased dishes.

Cover with tea-towel and place back under radiator to double in size again.

6. Once doubled brush with milk/egg and place in a pre-heated oven at 230c/450f/gas mark 8 for about 20mins or when browned on top. If using a non fan assisted oven you may need to swap the bread around in the oven to get an even cooking.

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