Wednesday, June 2, 2010

We're going to need considerably bigger buns

A thousand points if you can tell me what movie the title of this post comes from.  Negative fifty points if you google it.

So, perhaps you know that I like to cook?  Bake, really.  I don't care for making dinner (except for homemade for it!) but I like to make treats.  Every Sunday night, we have dinner with our neighbors, and I generally pick what dessert I'm going to make before I pick a main course.  For example, I had already picked chocolate toffee cookies before we decided on homemade pizza again (watch for it!).

Anyway, we rarely eat hamburgers, because I don't love 'em. But I also don't hate them, and I had been wanting to try out a recipe for hamburger buns that I had found in the NY Times.  Fortunately, the remarkable Deb of Smitten Kitchen made them for me (by which I mean on my behalf, not to give to me.  Dude, I don't even know her.  Or her adorable baby.  Sigh.).  You can find the recipe there, but note that I used no bread flour (because who keeps bread flour?) and it turned out just fine. They're even good for eating plain (also toasted with a little garlic salt and mozarella).  See?

I also made a batch using instant yeast instead of active dry (try googling that difference some time) and again, just fine.  They mostly just rise faster, which is just fine by me.  I actually made the second batch during the week, it was so speedy (it helps if they're sitting by the dishwasher during a heated dry cycle, I'll admit).  I have them in the freezer, just hanging out, waiting for me to cook something meaty to put inside it.

Dare to dream, little breads.  Dare to dream.


  1. Calendar Girls!!! 1,000 points for me ;)

  2. I watched that the other day. Love that movie.

  3. Those look really good. Totally jealous of your skillz.


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