Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Easy and Affordable Hamburger Buns

I find yeast intimidating. Don't ask me why, I just do. I've always been a cake and cookie baker, but never anything that needed yeast. I decided to suck it up this past weekend, though, when I wanted veggie burgers. I decided that I didn't want to pay over 2€ for a small bag of hamburger buns, and that I would attempt to make my own instead. I've got to tell you, I was fully expecting to fail miserably and never, ever speak of said failure again.

But I didn't fail!

While my favorite kitchen co-pilot, Jessica, worked on our veggie patties(recipe courtesy Jamie Oliver), I set to work on a bun recipe that promised I'd have delicious buns is 40 minutes. I followed that recipe to a T, which is something I rarely do. The only liberty I took was dividing the dough into nine pieces instead of 12, since we had nine patties.

After about nine minutes in the oven, I had achieved picture-perfect buns. The real test, though, was what they looked like in the middle:


In regards to flavor, these were definitely designed for a southern palette. They were a bit sweet, and while we ate them up I'm not sure this recipe is for everyone. When it comes to price, though, this recipe is a much better option than buying store-bought processed buns. I had everything the recipe called for in my cupboard already, other than the yeast.

Please, give these a try before your next grilling gathering. If you're vegan, find a recipe that omits the egg.  There's no reason why anyone shouldn't be able to enjoy awesome burgers on awesome, yeasty, home-made burger buns!

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