Sunday, January 17, 2010

Hamburger Buns

1 1/8 cups warm water
2 tsp active dry yeast
2 T sugar (you can use a little more sugar if you like your dough a little sweeter)
3 cups white flour
1 t salt
2 T nonfat dry milk
1 1/2 T oil
1/4 cup potato flakes

Add the ingredients in the order listed into a mixer bowl (like a kitchen-aid) with a dough hook attachment and mix on low for 10-12 minutes. Or mix it on the dough cycle in your bread machine.

After all the mixing is complete, if the dough still seems too gooey and you are unable to handle it, add 1 Tblsp flour at a time, and mix after each addition until the dough is manageable with your hands.

Let rise about one hour and punch down. Now divide dough into 4oz balls. This will be approximately 8 balls of dough. Spray cookie sheet with Pam, or sprinkle with cornmeal. Shape dough balls by rounding dough and pinching bottom together. To see a video on how to shape the perfect hamburgers buns copy and paste this link in a new window:

Shape all your buns and place them evenly on the cookie sheet. let them rest for 5 minutes. Then use the palm of your hands to flatten slightly so they are shaped more like hamburger buns and less like dinner rolls. Let rise for about 30 minutes until they are the desired size. Then, if desired, spray with water (if your rub the water on you might deflate them) and sprinkle with sesame seeds. Bake at 400 for 12-14 minutes or until tops are light golden brown.

Slice in half and build your burger!

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