My vacation continues until July 22nd, and I'm looking forward to sharing with you a few recipes that I'm back logged on sharing with you. Since July 4th is two days away, I thought I'd start with homemade hamburger buns.
Craig and I love to grill outdoors. Burgers are still high on my list of favorite barbecue dinners. We finally bought a new gas grill, for the times we don't have to patience to wait for briquettes to turn that perfect temperature.
Homemade hamburger buns aren't very difficult to make. They have a much better texture than most commercially made hamburger buns. "Brand X" buns feel gummy, to me. I like a bun that is dense enough to hold up against ketchup, mustard and/or barbecue sauce. Don't you?
This recipes comes from one of my favorite recipe websites, "King Arthur Flour". I admit that I have an addiction to shopping on this website. I had an unopened bag of their Vermont Cheese Powder, and I was thrilled to see a recipe that I could make with this. NOTE: It's not a requirement to use this particular cheese powder. The recipe includes how to adapt this to freshly grated cheese.
The dough doubled in about 45 minutes-- I helped that process to speed up, by placing the dough in a slightly pre-warmed oven. I turned my oven to WARM for 3-4 minutes, then turn it off.
I pressed the dough into a flattened it, and cut it into eight pieces. I then shaped them into balls...
We fired up the new gas grill, and used some homemade barbecue sauce to flavor the burgers.There was no need to add cheese, since the flavor was in the buns.
Sure, I'll still buy burger buns when I don't have 1-1/2 hours to spare, making my own. But they won't taste nearly as good as baking your own. If you love cheese, then you'll enjoy this Cheeseburger Bun. The recipe comes from King Arthur Flour, so you can't go wrong.
I'm glad to be back home, and I'm ready to get back to my own cooking. While it's a treat to take a break from cooking and washing dishes-- I got tired of eating out for nine days, and eating food that wasn't exactly memorable. Sorry, West Yellowstone, but the choice of good eats isn't that great. I still love you, though!
You can view a printable recipe card at the end of this post.