We should all have a solid command of the ABCs of baking. Thankfully, Food52's Test Kitchen Manager Erin McDowell -- alongside photographer Sarah Stone, who both blog at The Shutter Oven -- is here, with tips and tricks to help you master the most essential desserts and the simplest breads.
Today: Add some DIY to your BBQ -- by making your own hamburger and hot dog buns.
Grilling season is officially upon us, and while I'm sure you’ve got your summer routine down, there’s something I think you should add to your next backyard festivities: homemade hamburger and hot dog buns.
Everything is better homemade, and these buns are no exception: They’re light, fluffy, and super buttery (I brush on two layers of butter, for good measure). After a hearty lunch around the grill (well, grill pan -- I'm a city girl over here), I am now confident that no burger or hot dog should be consumed without them.
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Best of all? This is one of those magical bread recipes that doesn’t need a lot of mixing (read: you can do it by hand), so the prep time is practically nill. Plus, they bake up super fast (under 20 minutes) and freeze beautifully, so you can make them ahead. They also stand up excellently to grilling, if you’re a toasty bun kind of person. In the hopes that I’ve convinced you to brave the path of the homemade bun, let’s break it down:
Makes about 18 medium rolls
6 cups bread flour
1/2 cup sugar
1 tablespoon salt
1 1/2 teaspoons yeast
1 1/3 cups warm water (around 105-110 degrees F)
1/4 cup honey
1 cup mashed potatoes
4 ounces (1 stick) unsalted butter, cut into small pieces and softened
2 eggs, gently whipped
1 egg yolk
2 tablespoons water or milk
4 ounces (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted
Photos by Sarah Stone
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