Hamburger Buns

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    I’ve been seeing a lot of homemade hamburger buns on blogs lately and was wondering what all the hype was about.  I decided to try making them one weekend since we were already planning on grilling burgers on Sunday.  The recipe was fairly simple though the bread needed to rise twice before baking. 

    I wasn’t sure if they were going to turn out or not because they looked so small sitting on the baking sheets.  Thankfully they puffed up and grew in the oven and turned a lovely golden brown on top.  They smelled wonderful as they were baking.  I ate one of the buns fresh out of the oven with some butter on it and it was very good.  The bun was soft slightly sweet.

    We put our hamburgers on top and went to town.  I really enjoyed the way the bun tasted with the hamburger.  The one complaint I do have is that the bun got soft very quickly with A1 and mustard on it.  It was still very good, but for all the work, I think I’ll stick to store bought buns.

Hamburger Buns (adapted from Beantown Baker)
1 c. warm water
3 T warm milk
1 package yeast
2 T. sugar
2 eggs
3 1/2 c. flour
2 t. salt

2 T. butter

1.  In a small bowl combine the warm water, milk, yeast, and sugar.  Let stand for 5 minutes.  Meanwhile, beat one of the eggs.

2.  In a large bowl combine the flour and salt.  Add int he melted butter and rub it into the flour with your fingertips.  Mix in the yeast mixture and beaten egg until a dough forms.  Dump the dough onto an unfloured counter top and knead the dough, scooping it up and slipping it on the counter.  Knead for 5-10 minutes or until the dough is smoother and elastic.

3.  Shape the dough into a ball and return it to a greased bowl.  Cover with plastic wrap, then a clean kitchen towel, and let rise for 2 hours or until doubled.

4.  Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.  Divide the dough into 8 equal pieces.  Gently roll each piece into a ball.  Arrange 4 balls on each baking sheet, leaving 2-3 inches between each.  Cover with a clean kitchen towel and let rise 2 hours.

5.  Set a large, shallow pan of water on the bottom rack of the oven and preheat to 400 degrees.

6.  Beat the remaining egg with 1 T. water and brush on top of each bun.  Bake for 15-20, turning in the middle of baking, until the tops are golden brown.  Cool completely on a wire rack.

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  1. They look really good. Do you think if you had toasted them slighty after cutting them opne and before adding stuff that they would have held up better? Ive been wanting to try and make buns for a long time, but have been either intimidated or too busy.

  2. I was wondering about making hamburger buns as well, so thank you for your honest review. Yours look beautiful, and I’m sure they were delicious. I may still give it a try for fun. 🙂

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