Sunday, February 27, 2011

Bun Bliss

My first burger bun making experience turned bad when my boxer Chino ate all but two of them at the very end of their second rise. I was quite angry for quite awhile, but yesterday I decided it was time to give it another go. Oh Em Geezy. I would like to say I'll never buy packaged buns again, but I'm lazy so I probably will. I will say that I will try my darnedest to home make my buns any time we have burgers in the future. These were amazing. I mean that. Truly rewarding. I found this recipe at Annie's Eats and adapted it slightly, as I only had brown sugar on hand. I know it sounds weird, but they were still absolutely perfect. I was too busy making googly eyes at my buns and then eating my buns to take a picture of the final burger. We mixed some ground beef with A-1 sauce and chopped fresh jalapenos. I sauteed some additionally sliced jalapenos and onions to put on mine. Anyway, here's the bun recipe. And a few really bad pictures of some really good buns.

Light Brioche Burger Buns
recipe from Annie's Eats

3 Tbs warm milk
1 cup warm water
2 tsp instant yeast ( I used one packet, that's the only way they sell it here)
2.5 Tbs sugar (I used brown)
1.5 tsp salt
1 egg
3 cup bread flour
1/3 cup AP flour
2.5 Tbs butter, softened

1 egg beaten with 1 Tbs water for egg wash

In a large bowl combine your liquids, yeast, sugar, salt and egg. Add the flours, mixing to incorporate. Mix in the butter and knead for at least 5 minutes. The dough will be a little tacky. That's okay. Form the dough into a ball then place in a lightly oiled bowl and cover. Place in a warm area and allow to rise for at least an hour, until doubled in size. Divide the dough into 8 equal portions and gently roll into balls. Place on a parchment lined baking sheet, cover, and allow to rise for another hour, again until doubled in size. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Bake the buns about 15 minutes rotating halfway through baking, until the tops are golden brown. Allow to cool before slicing.

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