Sunday, July 18, 2010

Homemade Sandwich/Burger Buns - In One Hour. Yes, that's right!

This Saturday, I asked Craig if he would would venture into learning how to make Pulled Pork on our Weber Grill.  Since that process took almost five hours, and involve babysitting the fire and soaking chips-- there was no way I was going to buy store bought hamburger buns!  I remembered that Cathy, from Wives with Knives, had posted her version of Homemade Sandwich Buns.   Fine. Go and peek at her gorgeous photos. But, come back and I'll show you how easy they are to make.  Are you still me? Let's go!  I made mine with a Kitchen Aid Stand Mixer, but I'll also tell you how to make these with your own two hands.  You need instant yeast, to make these in under an hour.  I like to use SAF Instant Yeast.  You'll need whole milk, honey, water, butter, one egg, yeast and unbleached flour.  

I've added 4 cups of the unbleached flour and reserved 1/2 cup into the mixing bowl.  I've also added the instant yeast and the kosher salt.  Now, to see how the wet ingredients are doing, temperature-wise. A thermometer is very helpful, to make sure you don't add liquid to the flour and yeast that's too hot.  First you want to heat the liquids until it's at 120F.  As you can see, my thermapen accurately registers at 126F.  I waited a few more minutes...

The instructions say to add the egg to the hot liquid, which has cooled down to 120F.  I turned on the mixer on low speed and...Ooops... I added the egg. No worries, the warm milk mixture is coming next, and all is well.  Using my New Metro beater blade the ingredients are blended together... for 1-2 minutes.  Now, I switch to the dough hook. 
I let the machine do the work, for about 5 minutes.  I am so pleased that the dough comes together and it's no longer sticky. I only added a wee bit more flour. 

Mix 2 cups of the flour, yeast and salt. Mix into the milk mixture. Stir in the rest of the flour, 1/2 cup at a time. Beat well after each addition.
When the dough pulls together, (it will form a soft ball) turn it out onto a floured surface and knead until smooth and elastic. This should take about 5 minutes.
Divide dough into 12 equal parts. A scale is a handy tool to use, to ensure equal sizes. Otherwise, eyeball it! Shape into smooth balls, flatten slightly, and place on a silicone mat, or parchment covered baking sheet. Cover loosely with plastic film and allow to rise in 30-40 minutes.
TIP: I preheat my oven to WARM, and then turn it off. I place the dough to rise, and they were perfect in 35 minutes.

30 minutes later, I opened the oven door. Yessssssssss! They are ready to bake.

 I also have a "Bun Pan", so I used that. I wanted to compare which method I prefer as a baking tray.

These have risen perfectly.

Normally, I would brush an egg wash over the dough. I like how it makes the buns shiny. Only I ran out of eggs.  I have a Plan B.  The oven is preheated to 400F.  I bake them for 10 minutes, and decide 2-3 minutes more is a good idea.

Plan B:  Immediately brush melted butter, once I remove them from the oven. 

My oldest brother has arrived for dinner.  We have pulled pork we just took off the grill. The buns are cooling, the homemade BBQ sauce is ready.  The homemade slaw is ready and the beer is chilled.  I tell you this, because now my photography becomes rushed.  My finished rolls don't look as beautiful as Cathy's.   It's time to eat:

I grab a bun, and the bread knife easily slices through it. I love the texture! Now, to build a Pulled PorkSandwich. First, a pile of tender and juicy smoked pulled pork. Next, some homemade BBQ sauce...

Gotta add the slaw and now to add the top of the bun.

VERDICT:  While the bun looks rather "Plain Jane", it's The bun is a success. I love the texture and it's perfect.   These are so easy to make, that I doubt I'll ever buy store bought again.  The bun pan helps to shape the buns nicely. But, the baking sheet works fine, too.

Oh. The rest of the recipes?  Are you curious how I made them. It's coming! I decided to break down each dish as a separate post.  It was a lot of work, but I've missed not being able to cook for a week.  I took a lot of photos and I look forward to sharing the rest of this meal with all of you.  Cathy, thanks for sharing this easy recipe. It's my turn to share it with more people!  

A printable recipe is at the very bottom of this post.  

With love, from my oven to yours,


Homemade Burger or Sandwich Buns


What I love about this yeast bread recipe is that it’s so easy to make— even for a beginner.  If you own a Kitchen Aid Stand mixer (or any stand mixer with a dough hook) this can be ready from start to taking them out of the oven in one ...    

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Patti (aka Mint) said...

oooh, these look great! I keep telling myself that I need to make homemade sandwich buns. Thanks for sharing this recipe!
I can't wait for the pulled pork's one of my faves and with coleslaw to top it off..YUM!!
(By the way..I have a KA stand mixer and I still knead yeast doughs by hand. It's great therapy!)

Joanne said...

Homemade pulled pork DEFINITELY requires homemade buns...the two are fated for each other. I think your buns look awesome! I'm adding them to my list of yeast breads to try.

Chiara "Kika" Assi said...

I make pulled pork and sell it at a friend's bar here in Milano, Italy. People go crazy about BBQ and American food... wish they could have it with your awesome homemade buns!

T.W. Barritt at Culinary Types said...

Plain is good - those buns are gorgeous and set off the pork perfectly!

Jen_from_NJ said...

What a perfectly timed post - I am making pulled pork today - but in the crock pot! I've never made homemade buns. These look fantastic!

Donna-FFW said...

This would be my new favorite sandwich. It looks outstanding! I want one. Seriously. You rock!

Big Dude said...

The buns look perfect and glad to know you're one who has discovered the pleasures of turning you grill into a smoker.

Cathy said...

Hi Debby - I'm so happy that you like this recipe for sandwich buns. I think they are the best, and they are so quick and easy to make. I love your bun pan and it certainly is the trick to getting all the buns the same size.

Can't wait for your recipes for pulled pork and coleslaw, two of my favorite things. Thanks so much for the shout out.

BTW, the buns freeze beautifully. I wrap each one in plastic wrap so moisture doesn't accumulate on the surface, and then put them into a zip lock bag. This way they are always on hand.

The Short (dis)Order Cook said...

The buns sound wonderful, but I can't take my eyes off the pulled pork. Such a favorite of mine.

Mary said...

What lovely buns. I like the idea of the bun pan for those times I want uniform rolls. Great idea! The texture of your rolls is really lovely. I can tell all this feast ate well. I hope the day treats you kindly. Blessings...Mary

Monica H said...

Nice buns Deb!

Your sandwich looks so good. I made BBQ pulled pork for the 4th that I still need to blog about. so good, I wish I had more.

Kim said...

Love the picture of your brother at the door!
Homemade pulled pork definitely deserves homemade buns. Looks like a wonderful summertime meal.

Cheryl said...

I have never made home made buns before, but this looks like I could handle it. I love the step by step process!

Healthy and Homemade said...

Oh wow, desperately craving pulled pork now!! Looks fantastic.

Debinhawaii said...

Very impressive to make your own buns and of course the pulled pork looks delicious too!

Penny said...

My husband just bought a smoker and made this very pulled pork. It was delicious! Now I am going to have to make your buns. Look forward the the rest of the recipes. Great pictures.