Friday, May 7, 2010

Friday Firsts - Hamburger Buns

Friday Firsts

Happy Friday everybody! This week flew by way too fast for me - funny how school deadlines will do that to you! Last week Mara shared her red mole with us, and if you haven't checked it out - you need to! Mara has been making some really awesome dishes every weekend that require a lot of time and love.

My first for this week did require some time, but luckily it was just rising time. I made my own hamburger buns from scratch using a recipe I adapted from Ally!

2 1/4 tsp active dry yeast (or one pkg)
1 cup lukewarm water
2 Tbsp olive oil, plus additional for bowl and topping
2 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp salt
sesame seeds, optional

Combine the yeast and warm water in a measuring cup and set aside. In a large bowl combine the flour and salt. Add the olive oil to the yeast mixture, stir to combine, and add to the flour mixture. Stir with a spoon just until combined and then using floured hands knead in the bowl for about 5 minutes until the dough is smooth and elastic. Set the dough aside for a minute to wash out the bowl and put a little bit of olive oil in the bottom. Turn the dough in the oil to coat and set a damp kitchen towel overtop and let rise in a warm place for 1 hour. Punch down the risen dough a few times and divide into six even pieces. Form into rolls and place on a greased baking sheet. Using the tips of your fingers, dimple the tops of the rolls. Brush with olive oil and gently press on sesame seeds if using. Cover the rolls with the damp towel and let rise in a warm spot for a minimum of 30 minutes. Bake in a 375° oven for 20-25 minutes. Let cool before slicing. Yields 6 rolls.

These were so much easier to make than I thought they would be! They left barely any mess since I used the same bowl to mix in, knead in, and rise in. I served my pulled pork barbeque on these buns and received high praises from Johnny!

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sophia said...

That looks lovely. Impressed that you baked your own hamburger buns! I'm planning to make burger to ship the buns over? lol.

I wonder, if I subbed half the flour for mochi flour...would it be a gorgeous, chewy thing? hmmm..

Laura said...

WOW mental twins again! I made hot dog buns on mayday-they were so good!
I love making fresh rolls for instead of using store bought rolls.
My first was using portabellos as a sandwich or burger I guess. Ohhh so good!

April@The 21st Century Housewife said...

I'm going to have to try those - they look so much nicer than store bought and I am sure they taste loads better too! Thank you for hosting Friday Firsts.

Jessie said...

I am so impressed you made your own hamburger buns, Christina! I've only ever bought the 8-packs in the store, to my shame. Yours look SO much more delicious than those tasteless things in the grocery store. Will you make some for me?? ;)

Simply Life said...

oh those look great! Thanks again for the food drive info! I just posted it on my blog today and referenced to you! :)

Anonymous said...

Hamburger buns from scratch, I can understand that same idea as making bread sure you can buy it cheaper and easier but fun to do from scratch. Also posted a recipe dosen't really qualify but kind meat the first sort of

Ally's Sweet and Savory Eats said...

I'm glad you enjoyed my "buns"! Ha! I've made them multiple times now, pretty much every time we grill burgers, which is about once a week now that the weather is nice:)

Fight the Fat Foodie said...

I love Friday Firsts! So many folks trying cool new stuff!

nourfadly80 said...

Yay!I participate in First Friday....again :)

Greatest Info said...

Hamburger Buns???
how it taste??
i never try it before
but thanks for the article