A McDonald's breakfast is simply the best. Now that it's an all-day affair, you don't even have to have a Big Daddy moment. With all its greatness, it's still impossible to replicate a lot of Maccy Ds' greasy awesomeness from your kitchen.
Whether you're in the mood for some delectable chicken nuggets, a juicy Big Mac or even some McDonald's fries, it's pretty difficult to recreate in your own home. Previous attempts have left me upside down in the kitchen really bummed out and out of pocket because I've wasted money on even more McDonald's.
Enter the YouTube channel HellthyJunkFood. Food junkies JP Lambiase and Julia Goolia (amazing names) are dedicated to creating food that helps calm the cravings during a cheat day or stressful day, suggesting you think of their hacks like a non-alcoholic beer. They've created a giant Egg McMuffin and I'm so excited to try it.
The giant sandwich starts, of course, with perfecting the English muffin. To a bowl, add one cup of warm water with a packet yeast and mix. In a pot, heat up 200 ml of milk with two tablespoons of sugar, whisking while cooking.
Heat the milk until it reaches 187°F, then, take it off the heat and add it to the watered yeast bowl, along with melted shortening and three cups of flour. Whisk in a whisking machine. Slowly add in flour until you get a dough ball that sticks to the whisker.
Flour a countertop and knead the dough. Place in a greased bowl, cover in a damp towel and it and let it rise until the dough doubles in size. When that's done, roll out your flour and cut a giant, muffin-shaped circle out of it.
Keep the dough in the cutter and cover in some film and another damp towel so it gathers moisture. Next add oil and cornmeal to a pan over medium-high heat and place your muffin in to cook.
Cook the first side until you have a crispy, golden brown color on the outside. Add more oil and cornmeal to the uncooked top before flipping it.
Cook the muffin in the oven until it reaches an internal temperature of 195°F and let it rest. Wrap it in clingfilm overnight and fight those cravings for a little bit longer.
Get loads of Canadian bacon and ham or sausage meat for your meat filling, (the guys use a boneless ham steak and sausage meat). If your meat comes in small portions, combine it into one giant patty and cook through in a pan.
For the giant cooked egg, separate 12 egg whites and yolks in two separate bowls. When you come to fry it in a round cutter or equivalent, have a smaller cutter ready for the yolks if you want to really emulate that yellow/white contrast McDonald's have in their eggs.
Grease up the pan and moulds and pour the egg whites and yolks into their respective places. Cook for a little bit on the hob until the egg holds a little, then bake in the oven like a quiche. Take out the yolk mould after a little bit before you let the whole bake cook through.
Get out your muffin and carefully cut in half. The guys use a fork to gauge the centre before slicing the giant bread in two.
Liberally brush some butter on the inside of the muffin slices and place in the oven to toast for a few minutes.
Take the slices out of the oven and layer on cheese, your giant egg, your meats and the other half of your muffin and you're done!
With that, you have your very own, giant, egg McMuffin sandwich. Use this recipe at your leisure, tell your friends and try not to eat it all in one sitting. Check out JP and Julia's YouTube channel for more crazy cool hacks.