Nothing makes me happier than getting to spend an afternoon cooking. I know it sounds crazy but it really is fun! We had a few people over for dinner the other night and decided to make some homemade hamburger buns. I wasn’t sure how it would work out but was excited to try!
Rachel Ray has had some awesome little recipe blurbs in her magazines lately that have things you can make with just a couple of simple ingredients. That is the source of the butternut squash dip and the sweet potato fries… although the fries didn’t turn out very fry-ish…
For the buns- the original recipe came from food.com, you can find it here. A bread mixer would be really awesome for things such as this. I think hand kneading just doesn’t quite give you the rising results you need. I also doubled the recipe and couldn’t find my dough hook attachment for my electric mixer so this process was a little messy. I’m going to post the recipe for the original amount (8 buns) instead of the double amount. Here it is…
- 12 1/2 ounces whole wheat flour or whole spelt flour
- 1 1/2 ounces vital wheat gluten
- 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
- 2 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 1 tablespoon butter, melted and cooled
- 1 1/4 cups warm milk (110 degrees)
- beaten egg
- poppy seeds (optional) or sesame seeds (optional)
Place the dough in a lightly oiled mixing bowl and cover with a towel. Place in the warm oven for 10-15 minutes to rest. Mine rose like crazy during this time!
Sprinkle a baking sheet with cornmeal. After the bread has rested, punch it down and roll it out. Separate into 8 buns and shape them how you would like them. Tuck the seams under and place on the pan. Boil some water on the stove top or in the microwave, carefully pour the boiling water into a pan and place on bottom rack in oven. Put bread, uncovered, in the oven to rise for 25 minutes. After 25 minutes, replace water with more boiling water and let rise for 25 more minutes.
Take bread out, make sure it isn’t sitting under the AC vent, and preheat oven to 350. Whisk the eggs and brush buns with the egg wash and sprinkle poppy seeds or sunflower seeds on top. Bake for 20 minutes or until browned. These were pretty heavy, one hamburger went a long way, I kind of felt like I had eaten 3 hamburgers after I finished 1 but it was well worth it!
While the buns are cooking…
Make some butternut squash dip!
- 1 butternut squash- medium to large
- 1 small sweet onion
- a little salt & pepper
- olive oil