Sunday, February 03, 2008

Moomie's Beautiful Burger Buns

These burger buns are legendary on the internet. I've heard tons about them from other food blogs and food bulletin boards, and they were apparently originally posted on another bulletin board and found their way onto the King Arthur Flour website, etc. They are supposed to be the best recipe for homemade hamburger buns.

And it's true!

They were so easy, since we have a breadmaker (although you can make it without a bread machine) and they came out looking nice and tasting delicious. Our dinner of black bean burgers was good, but probably wouldn't have been nearly as good if it weren't for the delicious buns. I plan to make these any time we have burgers. Will that happen? I guess we'll see. But I'll try to make them whenever possible, at least!


Moomie's Beautiful Burger Buns
The following recipe created quite a stir when it was first posted on our “bakers sharing” site, Baker after baker tried these buns and declared them THE BEST. Soft, vaguely sweet and golden-yellow from the butter and egg, these simple buns are perfect for burgers, but also fine for any kind of sandwich. Or shape them into round balls and crowd them close together in a pan to make dinner rolls.

Just to give folks unfamiliar with a taste of the site, I’ll reprint Moomie’s recipe just as she wrote it: Thanks, Moomie!

1 cup water
2 tablespoons butter or margarine
1 egg
3 1/4 cups flour*
1/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon instant yeast

*Ed. Note: We think King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose is a good choice, naturally!

Place all ingredients in your bread machine. Select dough. Allow to run cycle.

Dump out onto lightly floured surface. Divide into 8 pieces. With each piece, slap into a bun shape. Usually four or five slaps will do it. Place on greased cookie sheets or your bun pans, cover; rise about 30 to 40 minutes.

Bake in preheated 375°F oven for 12 to 15 minutes till golden. Cool on wire racks. I like to add a teaspoon of onion powder and about 1/2 teaspoon dried onion to the dough in the bread machine. It makes a light onion-y flavor that is wonderful!

When I do these for burgers, I split the bun, butter, and fry in a skillet till brown. Yummy! They make great sandwich buns too! Nice and soft! You can’t go wrong with this recipe!

Ed. Note: Moomie’s right; you really can’t go wrong with these buns. If you don’t have a bread machine, simply mix and knead the dough by whatever method you prefer. Let it rise for about an hour before shaping into eight big buns.

Yield: 8 buns

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