Hamburger Buns

For those keeping track, my due date was two days ago. Still no baby in sight, but we did manage to have a really productive weekend (even if it wasn’t exactly productive in the way I was hoping it would be!)

Obviously the best weekends involve pancakes. I made my usual Whole Wheat Oatmeal Pancakes) but added about 2 tbsp each of coconut, sunflower seeds, flax sees, and chia seeds (all Mike’s idea). They were amazing with molasses, and SO FILLING!

Being the masterful procrastinators that we are, we finally got the decal up on the nursery wall. Nothing like waiting til the very last minute (or apparently, not quite the last minute, since that crib is still empty.)

The diaper area is all ready to go now too. That’s not even a week’s worth of diapers. Scary.

Just like I did all summer, I’ve been trying to keep myself distracted by staying busy in the kitchen, which is even more essential now that I’m past my due date. I don’t know why I never bothered to make my own hamburger buns before, but they really are a billion times better than store-bought. They are much sturdier and just a tiny bit sweet. They were perfect with barbecue tempeh sandwiches and black bean burgers. Totally worth a little effort in the kitchen!

(from The Gourmet Cookbook)

makes 10 buns

1 cup whole milk
2 tbsp hot water (about 100 F)
1 tbsp active dry yeast
2 tbsp sugar (plus a pinch)
2 tbsp softened butter
1 egg, lightly beaten
1 1/2 tsp salt
3-3 1/2 cups all purpose flour

Heat the milk in a saucepan until it’s between 100 and 110 F.

Combine the hot water, yeast, and a pinch of sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer and stir until the yeast is dissolved and creamy. Add about half the milk, and let stand for about 5 minutes, or until the yeast is foamy. (If it doesn’t get foamy, you’ll need to start over with new yeast).

Add the rest of the milk, sugar, butter, and eggs and mix on low with the paddle attachment to combine.

Add the salt and about a cup and a half of flour, mixing until the flour is incorporated. Switch to the dough hook, add another cup of flour, and beat on medium until the dough pulls away from the side of the bowl. Add additional flour about a tablespoon at a time until the dough is smooth and not too sticky, then mix with the dough hook on medium for about five minutes.

Transfer to a greased bowl, cover with plastic wrap, and let rise until doubled, about 2.5 hours.

Line two baking sheets with parchment. Turn the dough out onto a floured surface and roll out with a floured rolling pin into a large round about 1/2″ thick. Cut out 3″ circles using a cookie or biscuit cutter, and place the circles a few inches apart on the prepared baking sheets. Combine the scraps and roll them out, cutting into circles until you’ve used all the dough.

Cover the buns loosely with a towel and rise in a draft-free place for about an hour and a half. Preheat the oven to 375 F.

Bake for about 15 minutes, or until golden brown and hollow-sounding when tapped. Cool completely on a wire rack.

14 Responses to “Hamburger Buns”

  1. 1 Maria September 6, 2011 at 9:12 am

    Hang in there! The nursery is super cute!

  2. 2 Jen September 6, 2011 at 9:34 am

    cate – i’ve been thinking about you so much! hope that the baby arrives soon. the pancakes look awesome.

  3. 3 Kate September 6, 2011 at 9:59 am

    One more day and your girl and my brother will share a birthday!

  4. 4 Tasha September 6, 2011 at 10:20 am

    My 2nd one was a week late, and the waiting game was agonizing, but I was determined to have her choose her own birthday and not be induced. And of course, she was every bit worth the wait! At least you know the end is near 🙂 Love the nursery decals! So cute.

  5. 5 maria @ a life to bragg about September 6, 2011 at 11:02 am

    I love making homemade hamburger buns too, they’re so much better. And most first time babies come late…I still can’t believe you’re past your due date though. Time really flies! I can’t wait till you meet your baby!

  6. 6 Kelsey September 6, 2011 at 12:24 pm

    The buns look delicious and the decals look adorable. I can’t wait to see pictures of the sweet baby that goes in that crib!

  7. 7 Colonel Kenneth Wayne Treuter, Esquire September 6, 2011 at 2:06 pm

    I am truly sorry, missy, but your hamburger buns DO NOT LOOK like they are something that a true Texan would use.

    I can buy far better burger buns at any supermarket in Texas.

    Perhaps you should stick to nursing your baby than attempting to tell the world how to make hamburger buns (on your FREE blog site).

    If MY wife made me a burger on a bun that looked like yours, I would kick her ass.

    Just sayin’.

  8. 9 Stephanie September 6, 2011 at 9:04 pm

    Your hamburger buns look great! Your nursery is super cute too, especially the decals. I hope your little one arrives soon!!

  9. 11 Page September 7, 2011 at 7:53 am

    The reason the baby hasn’t come yet is because you needed time to post those decals – so frickin cute!! And homemade hamburger buns? You are officially the most ingenious and amazing chef ever. Teach me your ways.

  10. 12 Michael Melton September 7, 2011 at 9:11 am

    @Colonel Kenneth Wayne Treuter,Esquire – I’m glad my wife makes me Tempeh pulled pork on these hamburger buns…seriously the best buns I’ve ever had…even though they weren’t procured at a grocery store in texas.

  11. 13 Beth September 7, 2011 at 11:29 am

    The koala decals are adorable! Plus the homemade hamburger buns look amazing. I’d be more impressed except most everything you post looks amazing 🙂 I have the miso-curry tofu and roasted veggies on our meal plan for this week, so I’ll be thinking of you. Hopefully you’ll have a little cutie in that nursery in no time!

  12. 14 heather September 7, 2011 at 6:06 pm

    These buns look bakery-perfect, and I should know having spent five years baking and packaging buns in a former life way back during high school and college. I bake bread like there’s no tomorrow, but I’ve yet to delve into buns. You have certainly lit a fire for them now…



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