Tuesday, January 12, 2010
By now you’re wondering what my hamburger buns and Elvis have in common. Well, last Friday would have been Elvis’ 75th birthday. Everyone who knew about Elvis knew he loved to eat. One of his favorite meals was a cheeseburger and home fried potatoes. Bob and I decided that is what we would have for dinner. It was going well until I realized I didn’t have any hamburger buns. So, I made some. No, I didn’t take pictures of my cheeseburgers or potatoes. You’ll just have to use your imagination for that. But I did want to share “my buns” with you. Bob’s been using them for sandwiches for his lunch. They really are very good.
I wonder what Elvis would like in leather pants at 75?
Homemade Hamburger Bun Recipe
Ingredients for the Dough:
4 1/2 cups all purpose or bread flour
3 tablespoons sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
5 tablespoons butter, soft or melted
1 tablespoon yeast (dissolved in 1/4 cup warm water)
1 1/4 cup warm milk
Flour for kneading
Vegetable oil, for greasing the bowl and baking pan.
Egg wash made from one egg and one tablespoon milk (optional)
1 tablespoon vegetable oil or melted butter, for brushing on the hamburger buns
To Make the Dough:
Blend the flour, sugar and salt in a mixing bowl. Add the butter, yeast mixture and milk, and mix by hand to form dough. Knead five minutes with an electric mixer with dough hook, or turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead for seven to nine minutes by hand.
As the dough kneads, add small amounts of additional flour or warm water as necessary to achieve a dough that is light and slightly sticky.
When the dough has been kneaded until smooth, transfer it to a greased bowl and turn over the dough once to coat it with oil. Cover the bowl with a towel, and leave the hamburger roll dough to rise until doubled in bulk, about one to one-and-a-half hours.
Shape and Bake the Hamburger Buns:
Turn the dough out of the bowl and divide it into 12 portions. Shape each portion into a smooth ball and place the dough on a greased baking sheet. Lightly pat the tops of the balls of dough to flatten them slightly.
Cover the tray with a towel, and leave the dough to rise again for another hour to hour-and-a-half.
Preheat an oven to 425° F (220° C). If garnishing the hamburger buns with sesame seeds, brush the rolls with the egg wash and sprinkle sesame seeds on top. Bake the hamburger rolls until rich golden brown, about 20 minutes. Immediately upon removing the rolls from the oven, brush their tops lightly with melted butter or vegetable oil.
Transfer the sandwich rolls to a rack and cover them loosely with a towel to trap steam and keep the crust soft as they cool. Store thoroughly cooled rolls in a plastic container or plastic Ziploc bag. Freeze any rolls which won't be used within a day