Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Hamburger Buns

As I promised, here is the recipe for the hamburger buns that I made to accompany the oven-barbecued beef brisket. I got this recipe from the same cookbook that I got the brisket recipe, Better Homes and Gardens New Cookbook. These came out tender but sturdy enough to stand up to the brisket, a perfect match!

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4 Cups of Flour
1 Package of Active Dry Yeast
1 Cup of Milk (skim milk)
1/3 Cup of Honey
1/3 Cup of Butter
3/4 Teaspoon of salt
1 Beaten Egg

1. Stir together 1 1/4 cups of flour and the yeast.

2. Heat the cup of milk, 1/3 cup of honey, 1/3 cup of butter, and 3/4 teaspoon of salt on the range in a medium saucepan. Heat until just melted.

3. Beat the egg. I did this by hand with a fork in a small bowl.

4. Combine the milk mixture into the flour mixture.

5. Add the beaten egg to the mixture.

6. Beat this mixture together. You can use an electric mixture, but I just did this by hand with a wooden spoon.
7. As you stir the dough, add in as much of the remaining flour that you need to bring the dough together and so that it is no longer sticky but still a bit tacky.

8. Lightly flour the counter and knead the dough, integrating as much flour as needed to remove the tackiness from the dough. You want it to be very soft and elastic. This dough is a bit stiffer than a typical loaf dough due to the fact that it is for rolls and buns, so it needs to be able to hold its own shape as opposed to being held together by the loaf pan.

9. Shape the dough into a ball and place in a greased bowl and cover and let rise in a warm place. The dough should double in size. Mine didn't totally double as I was too impatient to wait the whole hour. You should really wait the whole hour!

10. Once the dough has risen, turn it back out onto the floured surface and divide the dough into 8 pieces. Cover and let rest for about 10 minutes.

11. Shape each piece into a ball and flatten slightly.
12. Place the dough pieces onto a prepared baking sheet.

14. Bake in a 375 degree oven for about 15 to 20 minutes.

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