Thursday, April 1, 2010

Hamburger Buns

One of the great things about being a foodie and loving to cook, is being able to make most anything from scratch. Take hamburger buns for example. My dinner plans today were in need of hamburger buns, but with Hubby already gone to work, I wasn't going to drag the kids to the nearest store, on foot. I remembered jotting down a recipe, from a blog I use to follow (unfortunately the blog no longer exists) and I went for it. They turned out wonderfully. I honestly am never going to buy hamburger buns again. I used my bread machine, to make the dough and about 3 hrs later, we had soft, fresh and chewy buns. I'm even thinking of trying to make hot dog buns, with the dough, in the future as well.

Hamburger Buns

3/4 to 1 cup lukewarm water
2 T butter
1 large egg
3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 cup sugar
1 1/4 tsp. salt
1 T instant yeast

Mix and knead all of the dough ingredients—by hand, mixer, or bread machine—to make a soft, smooth dough.

Cover the dough, and let it rise for 1 hour, or until it's doubled in bulk.
Gently deflate the dough, and divide it into 8 pieces. Shape each piece into a round 1" thick (more or less); flatten to about 3" across. Place the buns on a lightly greased baking sheet, cover, and let rise for about an hour, until very puffy.

If desired, brush buns with melted butter. Or brush lightly with egg wash (1 egg beaten with 1 tablespoon water), and sprinkle with sesame or poppy seeds.
Bake the buns in a preheated 375°F oven for 12 to 15 minutes, till golden. Cool on a rack.

Makes 8 buns


MM said...

Thanks for the picture! I've been wondering what they look like. Some recipes I've tried end up being more like dinner rolls rather than buns. These look great.

Hun said...

My Mom said the same thing when I was telling her about them. She was picturing huge dinner rolls, LOL.

Brenda said...

Thanks for linking me Hun! I responded to you back on my site, but just wanted to say glad you enjoyed the buns.