Thursday, September 8, 2011

Buns buns buns buns... (sung to the tune of "Spam spam spam spam"...)

I have only made yeast bread a few times in my life, most recently with the recipe I'm going to tell you about today, and also a "No Knead Bread" recipe that I had fantastic results with and posted about in March. I also like to make Irish Soda Bread (which really should be called, "Breadmaking for Dummies" because it is completely fool proof because there's no yeast involved).

Back to the subject. I had found this recipe for home made burger and hot dog buns, so Lee and I decided to make grilled burgers and the buns were fantastic! I neglected to take pictures of my bun-making adventure because, to be totally honest with you, I didn't expect that I would be successful with them!  I think my only mistake was that I didn't roll the dough THICK enough. I used a large plastic cup to cut them -  it was the perfect size for buns. You can also make hot dog buns with this same recipe and these can be frozen too.

I found this bun recipe online on another recipe posting site. It was very simple to make - and quick too!
The poster's name is Bonnie Dare, and she gives credit to Sally. I don't know either one of these people....but I'm happy they like to post their recipes!


1 cup plus 3 tablespoons warm water 110 degrees
1/3 cup of canola oil
1/4 cup of sugar
2 full tablespoons active dry yeast
1 teaspoon salt
1 egg beaten
3 1/3 cups bread flour
1 pat of real butter


1. Prepare a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Assemble all the ingredients. Use exact measurements. Do not substitute ingredients and follow the recipe exactly.

2.  Rinse a large mixing bowl with hot water to warm it up. Add warm water, oil, sugar and the yeast. Set the timer for 15 minutes.

3. While you are waiting for the yeast to work, measure your flour and add the one teaspoon of salt to the flour and mix well. Beat the egg.

4. After the 15 minutes is up and the yeast has had a chance to work, add egg and the bread flour a little at a time to the yeast mixture with a whisk until it starts to get thick, and then trade your whisk for a wooden spoon and finish adding the rest of the flour or as much as needed to make a dough you can roll. It will be a nice tender dough.

5. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured board. Roll to about 3/4 inch thick and cut out with a 4 inch glass or a clean can. Transfer the cut out dough to the parchment paper. If you want hotdog buns, turn the sides down and under to overlap and lay on the parchment paper. If you want hamburger buns, use the entire circle and place it on the parchment paper.

6. Brush tops of buns with the melted butter. Dont' skip this step because it makes them like store bought buns!

7. Let buns rise in the oven with the light on for about ten minutes. Bake buns at 425 for 10 minutes.

NOTE: I followed these instructions exactly, and I found that it took my oven way too long to heat to 425, and I had to bake them longer than 10 minutes. You may want to begin heating the oven as you put them in to rise for 10 minutes.

1 comment:

  1. you lost me at "dry active yeast.." but they do sell things like these in the supermarket.. :)