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Beautiful Burger Buns

Wednesday, March 19, 2014


 

Ah, most beloved of buns…Soft and golden, butter-brushed, seed besprinkled…Open thy crust to receive a fat, juicy, grill-charred BURGER. And ketchup. And relish, onions, a slice of orange cheese, maybe a dab of mayo. Hold the yellow mustard, though. I’ll take mine dark and honey-sweet.

Beautiful Burger Buns

Yield: 8 large buns.

Ingredients :

Buns
  • 3/4 to 1 cup lukewarm water
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 large egg
  • 3 1/2 cups King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons salt
  • 1 tablespoon instant yeast
*For best results (a smooth, slightly soft dough), use the smaller amount of water in summer (or in a humid environment), the greater amount in winter (or in a dry climate); and something in between the rest of the time

Topping
  • 3 tablespoons melted butter

Directions :
  1. Mix and knead all of the dough ingredients — by hand, mixer, or bread machine — to make a soft, smooth dough.
  2. Cover the dough, and let it rise for 1 to 2 hours, or until it's nearly doubled in bulk.
  3. Gently deflate the dough, and divide it into 8 pieces. Shape each piece into a round ball; flatten to about 3" across. Place the buns on a lightly greased or parchment-lined baking sheet, cover, and let rise for about an hour, until noticeably puffy.
  4. Brush the buns with about half of the melted butter.
  5. Bake the buns in a preheated 375°F oven for 15 to 18 minutes, until golden. Remove them from the oven, and brush with the remaining melted butter. This will give the buns a satiny, buttery crust.
  6. Cool the buns on a rack.