So, yesterday, I added a thingy (I think it's called a "widget") to my blog called "Dinner Tonight".
My plan is to frequently post what I am cooking for dinner, and the recipe. :) Probably some photos too, because I am a total freak about taking photos of food. It's a sickness, I know.....
So tonight, I made homemade hamburger buns........
(plus, they're called "beautiful buns" which I think is funny...hahahahaha!!)
Here are the ingredients you need:
So first you want to dissolve 1/4 cup sugar in 3/4 cup + 2 TB warm water. Then sprinkle 1 TB yeast over the top. I took a photo of the yeast developing in a measuring cup, so you can see how it should look when it blooms (foams up) properly:
So then you're going to put the yeast mixture in the bowl of your kitchen aid, and add 2 TB softened butter, one egg, and 1 1/4 tsp salt. Then top with 3 1/2 cups flour. Knead with the dough hook for about 4-5 minutes, it should climb the dough hook and pull away from the sides. (sometimes you need to add more flour or water, that's fine, just keep an eye on the dough. You want it to be the consistency of new play-dough, kind of moist and springy)
(hopefully your cookie sheets aren't as disgusting as mine...)
Funny story. (now it's funny...) When we were first married, Wade, who is very much a clean freak, decided he was going to clean my BRAND NEW, never used Airbake cookie sheets. Which I had just gotten for Christmas. And they weren't even used yet (did I say that already???)
....he scrubbed them all. Hard. With Comet cleanser. Totally ruined the finish.
He is a good man. Very tolerant of my craziness, devastatingly handsome, a wonderful dad and excellent provider. But should not be allowed within 25 feet of any bake ware. Especially if he intends to clean it.......
Anyhow.... back to the beautiful buns.
So now you want to let them rise again. (remember, we just shaped them into 3" discs) for about 30 or 40 minutes, then bake them at 375 degrees for 15 or 18 minutes, or until golden brown.
With these, I made my favorite chicken burgers from Trader Joe's: