Work has been overwhelming the last few days and I have barely had time to breathe, let alone cook and blog. I have a little bit of time right now as I have gotten caught up between projects, doing laundry, trying to get the house clean, picking Sean up from play practice and dealing with a wife and son that both have some type of virus so they sound like frogs. On top of that I really need to find time to go and get my haircut in all of this mess! Anyway, when I have found time to cook over the last few days I have been able to try out some recipes and one of them was perfect for when I made some pulled pork for dinner. I decided I wanted to make my own rolls for this one and found this great easy recipe from King Arthur Flour for beautiful burger buns. it is a very simple recipe that gives you great soft buns that are perfect for any type of sandwich and you can have them done in a couple of hours. With he breadmaker, they are even easier.
Beautiful Burger Buns
1 cup lukewarm water
2 tablespoons butter
3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 cup sugar
1 1/4 teaspoons salt
1 tablespoon instant yeast
3 tablespoons melted butter, for topping (optional)
Mix and knead the water, butter, egg, all-purpose flour, sugar, salt and yeast together – by hand, mixer with a dough hook attachment or by breadmaker making a basic dough – to make a soft and smooth dough. Cover the dough and let it rise for 1 to 2 hours or until the dough has nearly doubled in bulk. If you are using the breadmaker, you can use the rise function during the basic dough course for this.
Place the dough on a cutting board or work surface and gently deflate the dough and then divide the dough into 8 pieces. Shape each piece into a round ball and then flatten the ball so it is about 3 inches across. Place the buns on a lightly greased or parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Cover the buns with a damp kitchen towel and allow them to rise for about an hour until they are noticeably puffy.
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Brush the buns with about half of the melted butter, if desired. When the oven is up to temperature, bake the buns in the oven for 15 to 18 minutes until they are golden brown. remove the buns from the oven and brush them with the remainder of the melted butter, if desired. This will give the buns a satiny, buttery crust. Cool the buns on a wire rack before using.
If you want to make slightly smaller buns, which is what I did, divide the dough into 12 pieces instead of 8 and bake them for 12 to 15 minutes instead of the 15 to 18 minutes. you could go over even smaller if you wanted slider buns and cut the dough into 24 pieces and bake them for 12 to 15 minutes if you like. I have to say the resulting buns were really good. they were perfectly browned and cooked, soft on the outside with a nice crust and ideal for the pulled pork that we had for dinner. These would also be great for hamburgers or really any type of sandwiches that you might like to serve on them. they are so easy to do you could put them together just about any weekend that you have time to do them and then freeze some to use the rest of the week when you need them. Sean is already planning on his lunches for the rest of this week with them.
That’s all I have for today. Check back next time for another recipe (hopefully it will be tomorrow). Until then, enjoy the rest of your day and enjoy your meal!