Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Hamburger Buns

Let me tell you a little something about Mr. ShoeFanatic. This man is not an underachiever. He is 110% about everything. So when he decided to make homemade pulled pork, he also decided to make homemade hamburger buns. He's a keeper!

1 c water, lukewarm
2 T unsalted butter, room temperature & creamed
1 egg
3 1/4 c all purpose flour
1/4 c castor sugar (he just put regular sugar through the food processor)
1 t salt
1 T instant yeast

Bun Glaze:
1 egg yolk + 1 t water
Sesame seeds

Sprinkle the yeast into the water and leave for 5 minutes. Stir to dissolve. Combine all remaining dough ingredients and mix well. If you have a stand mixer and dough hook, mix it with that.

Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured working surface and knead for about 10 minutes until you've made a soft, smooth dough. Place the dough in a clean and lightly greased bowl. Cover with a towel and let rise for an hour to an hour and a half; until it doubles in size.

Divide the dough into 8 pieces and shape each piece into a flattened ball. Place the buns on greased baking sheets, cover with a towel let rise for 30-40 minutes; until they're quite puffy and they've doubled in size.

Preheat the oven to 375.

Glaze the buns with the egg yolk and water mixture and sprinkle with sesame seeds. Bake for 12-15 minutes or until they are golden brown. Remove from oven and let them cool on a wire rack.

Ok, these were really, really yummy. The only critisism I have is that they could have been a tad bit thicker but then again, they held the pork just fine. All I know is we are never buying store bought buns again!

I am adding this part of the verdict a few days later. These got really, really dry. I'm not sure how to correct that but if you make these, definitely eat all of them the same day you make them.

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