Saturday, April 3, 2010

HOMEMADE SOURDOUGH HAMBURGER BUNS

Instead of making 2 loaves of bread the last time I made sourdough bread, I decided to make 1 loaf of bread and attempt to make hamburger buns with the rest of the dough.  Click here for the recipe.  I patted out the dough and cut them like I would a biscuit.  My 'biscuit cutter' is just an old vegetable or soup can that I washed and popped air holes in.  It works beautifully and was free.  I also have one made from a tomato sauce can that is smaller.  I thank my mom for this idea. :0)


Next, I laid my 'buns' out on a cookie sheet to rise until they were doubled in size.


Once they had risen I baked them at 375 degrees until they were done.  Definitely check them after about 15 minutes.  Cooking time will vary according to the size of your 'buns'.

Here is my final result:


My thoughts:
  • When I buy whole wheat hamburger buns in the store I spend about $3.00 for an eight pack.  I got eight buns out of my dough for pennies.  This makes much more sense financially.  Plus, I know exactly what is in there - no processed gunk.
  • Next time I make them I will use a cake pan so they won't be so far apart from each other.  They didn't rise as much as I was hoping.  I think if they are closer together in a pan that just barely fits them, it will force the buns to rise up instead of out.  But, skinny rolls seem to be the in thing right now, anyway.  :0)
  • They freeze extremely well.  I didn't plan on using mine right away - so I stuck them in a freezer bag in the freezer after they were completely cooled.  They thawed much more quickly than a loaf of bread because of their size and density. 
  • The taste was great.
  • I will definitely be making these again the next time I make sourdough bread.
  • Making hamburger buns would probably work with my basic whole grain recipe, too.  I may try that next.
  • The next time I need hot dog buns, I'll try hand forming them with this same method.  I'm sure it would work as well.
There you go.  If you are looking for ways to "healthy up" and have been easing your way into bread-making, I hope you consider making your own hamburger or hot dog buns.  They're easy, peasy, home-baked goodness!

Happy Homemaking!

2 comments:

Jessie said...

Yesterday TRex and I went for a walk and she mentioned this post! We are so wow'ed by your homemaking prowess. You should be on TV. Seriously- I'd watch.

Pam said...

Jessie,

Thanks! You're way too sweet to me! You'd probably be the only 2 people watching if I did have a show, though! LOL!