Saturday, June 19, 2010


Hamburger buns!

A couple of weeks ago I was invited by my neighbor/good friend Michelle to come over and have a lesson in bread/bun making.
She has an awesome grain mill for grinding her own flour, and a Bosch mixer thingy, that can knead, I don't know, about 6 loaves of bread at a time.
I don't have anything near that powerful, but I DO have a nice, sturdy Kitchenaid mixer which will knead a couple loaves at a time.
Which suits me just fine as there is only 3 of us at our house, as opposed to 10 of them at Michelle's house.
She KNEADS (get it?) to make that much bread at once!!!
She sent me home with nearly a dozen buns which we ate that night with our grassfed burgers.
SO good!
She graciously passed on the recipe which I am now passing on to you!
Ooh....go back into her archives a couple of weeks and see her demo/video 3 different ways to making your own mayo!
No excuses NOT to make your own after you see what she does!

Makes 1 dozen large buns

Preheat oven to 400F

Place in mixer with dough hook:
2 cups warm water
1 TBL sugar
1 cup whole wheat flour
1/8 cup white vinegar
1/8 cup oil (I used olive oil)
1 TBL vital wheat gluten (in flour section, near "Bob's Red Mill" stuff)
1 TBL powdered milk (I used non instant from health food store)
2 1/2 cups unbleached white flour (I used bread flour)
2 TBL yeast

Mix until moistened. Let rise( sponging) in bowl until it reaches the top of the bowl.

Add 2 teas. salt

Add enough whole wheat flour until the dough pulls away slightly from the side of the bowl.
I think mine took another cup of wheat flour. Add a bit more water if it seems too dry.
Knead 5-8 minutes, depending on the texture of the dough.
Using olive oil, spread a thin layer on counter....laying dough onto oil.
Divide dough in 12 pieces, oiling your hands when dough becomes too sticky to work with.

Form into large balls---6 per cookie sheet (use parchment paper or silpat)
Let rise till doubled. (this took less than 1 hour for the 2nd rising)

Bake for 20 min. at 400F until golden brown. Watch carefully!

Brush with butter while still hot. (I forgot)


These are now another item I do not ever have to buy from the grocers again.
And did you check the list of ingredients?
Nothing weird.
Nothing unpronounceable.
Just goodness through and through.

Enjoy your weekend and give all those fathers/daddies an extra big hug!


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Camille said...

Yummy...thanks for sharing! I'm bookmarking this! :)


Wendy (The Local Cook) said...

making buns has been on my to do list for awhile. I have a rye hamburger bun recipe from Mother Earth News that I've been wanting to try. These look good for regular buns, though.

I so wish I had a grain mill and/or a more powerful KitchenAid. My poor little model can barely knead through two loaves. It protests but does eventually get the job done.

Mari said...

The Bosch's are nice indeed...but I have a Kitchen Aid mixer to do mine too. I love making ww bread...but haven't done so in awhile.
Homemade hamburger buns are great.
Thanks for the recipe.

Melodie said...

Those look terrific! What another great way to feed our families health good stuff!

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

Great looking buns! I'm saving the recipe to try. There's nothing like home made bread.

Faith said...


I have to fight feelings of inadequacy whenever I see posts like this.

I miss cooking and baking so much! I wish I could spend more time in the kitchen honing my skills and creating yummy things.

These look beautiful!

(I wish we were neighbors, too!)


Holly said...

I'm really curious about what the vinegar does. I've never seen a bread recipe with vinegar. I do have a wheat bread recipe for a small amount of lemon juice in it. Six loaves is a lot.

Maria said...

Those are the best lookin' buns I've ever seen!

Seriously, the house must have smelled fantastic! There's nothing like fresh baked breads and rolls...
such an inviting aroma~
happy Father's day to your husband!
enjoy your family, Cindy!
love the sidebar pics and all the great info too!

Renata said...

YUM! They sure look delicious!
I'm going right on over to her blog to visit - sounds great (well after I finish catching up on yours first :))
Hope you're keeping well - are you recovered fully from your op?
Have a great week ahead

Michelle (She Looketh Well) said...

Your buns look favaloso!! So glad they turned out. we make hot dog buns out of them too.

Love you!!

cityfarmer said...

looks like a lot of carbs .... sigh

how do you get to be certified organic?

Amy @ Homestead Revival said...

Those are gorgeous! Someone was just asking me about a recipe for these a couple of weeks ago. I wish I could remember who so I could direct them here! Hopefully, it will come back to me. In the meantime, we'll definitely have to give these a try! Thanks for passing it along.

Mountain Home Quilts said...

We make our own hamburger buns too- my recipe is a little different but they turn out great! Yours look fabulous!

Sandra said...

How could you Possibly forget to brush with butter?! I mean, you were eating one just as it came out of the oven, yes???
Mercy, sounds like you could use some help on baking day. Call me when the next batch comes out of the oven, k?

KathyB. said...

I don't think I have ever thought of making home-made hamburger buns. I gotta give them a try!I also will check out the mayo demo. I have way too many farm fresh eggs not to be making my own mayo.

Beautiful pear tree lane said...

Hi Cyn,
As always I am delighted to have one of your recipes, and in this case two recipes I read your last post, and the chicken stir fry looks so yummy, and I am for quick dinners in this heat wave. Thanks for sharing. You have one of the most inspiring blog here in blogland, always so helpful, and encouraging. What a joy to know you.