Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Homemade Hamburger Buns

So I havent posted in a bit, but I made a goal to be more Betty Crocker like and to attempt making new meals. Tyler and Chris love hamburgers so I found a really yummy recipe to make your very own buns and I had to try it because I love me some bread. Thought I would share it with you. Look at how yummy it turned out.


4 1/4 cups unbleached bread flour

1 1/2 teaspoons salt

3 tablespoons sugar

2 teaspoons instant yeast1 large egg, lightly beaten

1/4 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature

1 1/2 cups buttermilk or milk, at room temperature
sesame seeds for the tops (optional)


Mix together the flour, salt, sugar, and yeast in a large bowl. Pour in the egg, butter, and buttermilk and mix with a large metal spoon until all the flour is absorbed and the dough forms a shaggy ball. You can trickle in a little water if the dough seems very stiff, until the dough is soft and supple.
Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured countertop, where you’ll do your kneading. Knead for about 8 minutes, until the dough is soft, supple, and tacky but not sticky. You can test if you’ve kneaded it enough by pulling off a little piece of dough, gently stretching and pulling it with your hands until it’s paper thin, and holding it up to the light: if the dough stretches and holds its shape without breaking, to the point where it’s translucent, it’s done. This is called the windowpane test.

Lightly oil a large bowl and transfer the dough to the bowl. Roll it around to coat it with the oil. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap or a towel and let it rise at room temperature for 1 1/2 to 2 hours, or until doubled in size (I use an electric heating pad under the bowl, as we keep our house on the cool side.)
Remove the risen dough from the bowl and divide it into eighteen 2-ounce pieces (for slider buns) or twelve 3-ounce pieces (for standard size burger buns.) Shape the pieces of dough into rounds, transfer them to baking sheets lined with Silpats or parchment paper, and cover them with a towel. Let the buns proof at room temperature for 60 to 90 minutes, or until they’re nearly doubled in size.
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Whisk together 1 egg with 1 teaspoon of water, for an egg wash. Brush the tops of the buns with the egg wash, and sprinkle with sesame seeds if you like. Bake the buns for 15 minutes, until the tops are golden brown. Remove them immediately from the pans and cool completely on a wire cooling rack (cool them at least 1 hour before slicing.)
Makes 18 slider buns or 12 regular burger buns.

Important Step to Follow!!

Well except on this particular day the Baker only made one bun, and the pictures above are fake. There is only one bun in my oven, and wont be seen til September 20th, 2010. Did you really think I could make something that yummy? Ya right..We are excited to announce we are excpecting baby #3!!

Hurt Elbow

So as if stitches at 2 werent enough, Tyler had to make turning three just as memorable. He left the 2 year old age with a bang on the head caushing him to get 5 stiches right in the middle of his forhead. So he thought he would start off his new year as a 3 year old with something almost as exciting..A very injured elbow. Poor guy landed the wrong way on the trampoline, and hurt his elbow pretty good. Thankfully he did not break or fracture any bones, but it hurts him just as bad. Doc is not quite sure yet if its a torn ligament or just a really injured muscle. We are waiting it out and see how he does, and then see an orthopedic doc. It's so difficult to see your baby in pain, I wish he would stop getting hurt, I feel terrible for him. Boys will be boys I guess. He has been such a trooper though.

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Tyler turns 3

Time sure does fly. Tyler James turned 3 on January 20th. What a big boy he is. He was my tiny little baby boy, who sprouted to 42 lbs and who knows how tall these days. He is becoming too big for me to even lift anymore. He had a wonderful birthday. Small, but filled with tons of fun and smiles. He was so happy for his "balloon party" as he called it. Thats all he wanted pizza, cupcakes and balloons. He loved all of his presents, and we had a fun time just playing in our awesome neighbors backyard on the trampoline. I think this had to be one of the easiest parties I had for him. But he loved it so much.

The day before we visited Sea World with his cousins and they had a blast. It never gets old there. There's always something fun and new to see. The boys loved all of the shows, and rides.