October 31, 2006

BURGER BUNS


My Husband is a great fan of burgers.He asked me once ,why,when I bake so many cakes and cookies,I cannot bake a burger bun.So I grabbed this opportunity to learn bread making.I have experimented in the past,with bread making.I used recipes that came at the back of flour packs.Finally,I found this recipe which makes excellent burger buns.


Ingredients:1/2 cup warm water

1 tbsp active dry yeast

1 tbsp sugar+1/2 tsp for proofing yeast

90 ml warm milk

1 tsp salt

1/8th cup melted ghee(can also use shortening)

1 tsp Horlicks

1 1/2 +2/3 cups bread flour(can use normal all purpose flour)

Butter/milk to brush the buns

Sesame seeds to sprinkle on top

Method: Add the sugar and yeast to 1/2 cup warm water and let it sit in a warm place for 15 mins till it froths.

Mix 1 1/2 cups of flour with 1 tbsp sugar,melted ghee,warm milk,horlicks and salt.Add in the frothing yeast liquid.Mix with a large fork.Now add some more of the extra flour and mix till you get a ball that comes together.

Now,put the dough on your kitchen counter and knead till you get a semi - sticky,soft dough.You may need to add more flour as required.But take care not to add too much flour as the buns may become dense.You may need to smear your hands with some butter/ghee to knead the dough so that it will not stick to your hands.

Let the dough rest on your counter (You can also use a clean large bowl) covered with a kitchen towel or paper towels so as not to dry out the dough.After 10 mins,knead the dough gently 8-10 times,not more.Now coat a large bowl with oil and put the dough in it.Cover with a clean tea towel and put it in a warm place.Let it sit for about 1 to 1 1/2 hours.The dough will have risen and doubled in size.

Preheat the oven to 375F.

Gently punch down the dough and divide into 6 equal sized balls.Roll withthe hand to make smooth buns and flatten a little.Put them on a greased baking tray and cover again with a tea towel.Let it rise.This will take about 30-40 mins.

Brush the tops and sides of buns with butter or whole milk and sprinkle sesame seeds on top.

Bake the buns for about 20 mins.Keep checking after 15 mins.


I used skimmed milk and a little ghee to knead the dough smooth.The dough will get sticky,so smear your hands with a little oil/ghee/butter before kneading.


8 comments:

Sugarcreations said...

Nice blog. Your burger buns look great nice job.

Vini K said...

Hey SC,thanks for visiting my blog.I saw your blog too.It is nice.I will add your blog to mine too,so that it becomes easy for me to refer to!Very eagerly waiting for your posts about Rose Levy Berenbaum's recipes.

Anonymous said...

Nice burger buns. What is horlicks?

Nadia

Anonymous said...

Nice burger buns. What is horlicks?

Nadia

Vini K said...

Hey nadia,thanks for visiting my blog.Horlicks is nothing but malted drink powder.Horlicks is only the brand name for it,you will be able to find it in any stores around.But you can omit it if you donot find it.

Laskhmiammal said...

Hi Vini,
First time here.I was taken by your passion for baking.I Should try baking buns atleast once. I jus love the smell of yeast.

Anuradha said...

Nice one Vini, will give it a try on weekend. I used to get readymade buns before. But no need now.

Lakshmiammal said...

Hi Vini,
Thanks for your wonderful recipe.I tried it and was a success.Thanks again