The other night we decided to have hamburgers for dinner. I thought this would be the perfect time to use my new bread making skills and make the buns. I found a recipe by King Arthur Flour that had great reviews, so I thought I would give it a try.
You can find the original recipe here at Beautiful Burger Buns.
I started by proofing the yeast. I always do this step first because if your yeast doesn’t work it’s a lot easier to find out now than two hours later.
Next I mixed together the butter, egg, and some water in the bowl of a stand mixer.
When the butter and egg were well mixed I added the sugar, salt, and a little bit of flour. I mixed until the flour was well incorporated.
Then I dumped the yeast mixture into the bowl and mixed that in well.
After that I started to add the remainder of the flour, ½ cup at a time. Here is the first one . . .
Second . . .
Third . . .
After the third ½ cup the dough was getting very stiff and dry so I decided to add some more water to keep things moist.
Forth . . .
Fifth! After all the flour had been added the dough looked smooth and had formed a nice ball.
I finished kneading the dough by hand to make sure everything was homogenous and elastic.
I love to see the before and after pictures of the dough rising. I think the science behind rising dough is quite amazing and you can see how it works in The Whole Picture
After the dough was done rising, the recipe says to divide it into eight equal pieces. Since I don’t have a kitchen scale, I just eye balled it.
Forming the dough into smooth balls for the buns was harder than I expected. I really had to manipulate the dough to smooth them out. They started out pretty rough
but ended up smooth in the end. I found that pulling the top around the sides seemed to work well.
You can see here how not all of my buns were the same size.
After I smashed them down they turned out ok. The recipe said to press the dough down more in the middle. I wasn’t sure about this but they seem to cook up more in the middle so this was an important step.
Butter, Butter, Butter! These little buns got lots of butter coverage. And thank goodness, I’m sure all the butter coverage made them so delicious.
These buns turned out better than I expected. They were very light and fluffy. All the butter made them very moist and delicious as well. The buns were very large though. I think the next time I make them I will try to do smaller one.
I thought I had taken a picture of the finished product but I can’t find it. I guess you will just have to make them and see how they turn out for yourself.
King Arthur Hamburger Buns
1 ¼ to 1 ¾ cup warm water
2 tablespoons melted butter plus more for brushing
1 large egg
3 ½ cups all-purpose flour
¼ cup sugar
1 ¼ teaspoon salt
1 package active dry yeast
Add the yeast and a pinch of sugar to a bowl. Add ½ cup warm water and stir until the yeast is dissolved. Let sit for 10 minutes or until the mixture is foamy.
Add ¾ cup water, 2 tablespoons butter, and egg to the bowl of a stand mixer. Beat together on low until all incorporated.
Add 1 cup of flour, the sugar, and salt to the bowl. Mix until the flour is well incorporated.
Add the yeast mixture to the bowl and mix well.
Begin to add the remaining flour, ½ cup at a time, mixing until each ½ cup of flour is fully incorporated in the dough before adding more. More water should be added ¼ cup at a time if needed to keep the dough moist and elastic.
Place the dough in a large container and cover with plastic wrap. Allow the dough to rise until double in size, about 1 hour.
Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and divide into eight equal pieced. Use a kitchen scale if available.
Roll each piece of dough between your hands until smooth. Then flatten each dough ball into a 3 inch diameter. Flatten the middle of the dough slightly more to create a dimple.
Brush each piece of dough with melted butter, then cover lightly with plastic wrap and allow the dough to rise until double in size, about 30 minutes.
Preheat the oven to 375°. Before placing the dough into the over to make, brush the tops again with the melted butter.
Bake for 15 to 18 minutes or until the tops of the buns are golden. Brush the tops of the buns one more time with melted butter right when they come out of the oven.
Allow to cool before slicing and serving.