Sunday, April 29, 2007

Hamburger Buns

We kicked off the grilling season last weekend with these extremely conventional hamburgers. In truth, it could have happened a lot earlier, weather-wise, but the barbecue, which had wintered on the balcony, had mysteriously acquired a layer of greeny-gray mold, and it took some girding of loins, etc, before it could be tackled. (Please tell us how to avoid this fate next year, as it will then be my turn to clean it!)


Anyway, the point of this isn't the grilled patties (since I'm not the designated griller in this household), or even the rest of the fillings. (Look, it was the first hamburger of the season. Nasty processed cheddar-like substance is totally required. I think there's a law somewhere.)

Hamburger Buns

The point is, I love these hamburger buns. It's slightly embarrassing, because it's basically just... white bread. Very unhealthy white bread. That goes stale in, like, twelve hours. Still. They taste right, and not like the plastic-textured ones you buy ready made.

Hamburger Buns
based on Jorden runt på 80 degar by Annica Triberg

for 6-8 buns

25 g (scant 1 oz) butter
250 ml (&1 cup) milk
25 g (scant 1 oz) fresh yeast
½ tsp salt
½ tbsp sugar
600-700 ml (2½-3 cups) all-purpose flour

1 egg
sesame seeds

Melt the butter in a pan, add the mil and heat until lukewarm. Crumble in the yeast and stir until dissolved. Add salt, sugar, and most of the flour and knead until you have a smooth dough. Cover and let rise for 30 minutes.

Punch down the dough and roll it out to a thickness of about 1cm (scant ½inch). Cut out rounds about 10 cm in diameter and transfer to a cookie sheet. Cover and let rise about half an hour.

Whip the egg lightly and brush the buns with it. Sprinkle with sesame seeds and bake at 225°C (440°F) for about 10-12 minutes. Cool on racks.


Ilva said...

This is great, I never thought about making them myself but now I will! Thanks!

oliivia said...

I agree, this really IS great! I've been looking for a tried&true recipe to make my own, but up until now turned up with scratch. Thanks for another great recipe!

Orchidea said...

Those buns look gorgeous! They must be really good and perfect for a home-made burger.

deinin said...

Ilva, I really like them this way. I tend to throw in a bit of bran and seeds into almost every bread I make, but with these, I've managed to restrain myself so far.

Oliivia, I hope it works as well for you as it does for me!

Orchidea, thanks! They were very good.

SteamyKitchen said...

So perfect! I don't know if I have the patience to try making hamburger buns - but I'll just drool over yours...

deinin said...

SteamyKitchen - it wasn't the least bit fussy, I promise!

jenjen said...

Wow, these hamnurgers look incredible. They look just like hamburgers do on tv, except that these probably taste as good as they look.

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