Wednesday, August 24, 2016

HAMBURGER BUNS

We have but one car and it was leaking gas yesterday. We had it towed into town and when I was thinking about dinner, I needed hamburger buns. The local store is 3½ miles away, all down hill, which means, all up hill coming back! I made hamburger buns years ago and forgot about my recipe. So I made them and they turned out great! You can also make them into hot dog rolls.



1 cup lukewarm water
¼ cup lukewarm milk
1 T active dry yeast
2 T honey or granulated sugar
½ cups all-purpose flour
2 t sea salt
3 T unsalted butter, softened
1 large egg

1 T sesame seeds
1 T poppy seeds
1 T dried minced onions

In medium bowl, combine the warm water, milk, yeast and honey.
Let proof for 5 minutes, until foamy.

In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, add the flour, sea salt, and butter. Mix the ingredients until the butter is the size of crumbs.

Turn off mixer and remove the paddle attachment and add the dough hook.
You do not have to have an electric mixer to make these buns. It can be done with a wooden spoon and a bowl.

In a small bowl, beat the egg and then add to the flour mixture, along with the yeast mixture. Mix for about 5 minutes. If you need a little more flour, add it while mixing. 
Dough should be lightly sticky.

Shape the dough into a ball and place in a lightly oiled bowl.

Cover with plastic wrap and place in a warm place until doubled in size, about 1½ hours.

Using a dough scraper divide the dough into 10 to 12 equal portions.
Shape into somewhat flattened and smooth balls.
Sprinkle with sesame seeds, poppy seeds, & dried minced onions, if desired

Let rise for 30 to 40 minutes in a warm place.

Preheat oven to 375 F degrees.

Bake for 15 to 18 minutes, or until golden brown.
Transfer to a wire rack to cool.