So, I skipped buying them to force myself to make them. Fingers crossed all the way.
I googled and found a few recipes but one blogger's photo sold me. It looked like a real hamburger bun! So, I based my recipe on hers...but I used the technique I generally use to make bread. Sheesh I hope that doesn't mess things up. Of course, you readers will know before the end of the post (and since there's a photo at the beginning of the post you know it turned out!). So, here goes.
HOMEMADE HAMBURGER BUNS
Adapted from www.creationsbykara.com
3/4 cup hot water
2 tsp. instant yeast
2 Tbsp granulated white sugar
2 Tbsp oil (I used 1 Tbsp vegetable oil and 1 Tbsp olive oil)
1 tsp. salt
2 3/4 cup to 3 cups of unbleached AP flour
Add hot water, instant yeast, and sugar to bowl of a stand mixer with dough hook attached. Allow to prove for about 4-5 minutes (until good and foamy).
Mix the salt into the flour and mix the oil and egg together.
Add all but 1 cup of flour to the yeast mix and turn on the mixer.
Add the liquid ingredients and allow to incorporate. You will have an extremely sticky dough.
Add all but 1/4 cup of the flour and mix until a good tacky dough has formed. It should all be pulled away from the side of the bowl...maybe a bit still on the bottom, but the sides should be pulled away. Allow to knead for 4-5 minutes. Touch the dough and see if it sticks to your hands - if it does add a bit more flour and let it incorporate. I used the full 3 cups of flour.
Put the dough out on a floured surface and knead by hand for about 1 minute. Form a ball and allow to rest. You should have a nice soft but elastic dough at that point.
Shape dough into a log and cut into 8 fairly equal pieces with a bench scraper or knife.
Roll into balls and place on a well-greased baking sheet (I used a Silpat instead). Gently press down with the palm of your hand (if it sticks - add a small amount of flour to your hands - and try to make yours more even than I did - I have multi-sizes).
Place in warm non-drafty place to rise. I covered mine with a cotton cloth although the original recipe didn't say to do that. It's an old habit. Let rise until doubled. Mine took about 45-50 minutes.
Bake in preheated 350 degree Fahrenheit oven for 15-18 minutes. If you desire sesame seeded hamburger buns (which I did) - bake for 10 minutes, remove from oven, brush lightly with beaten egg white and sprinkle with sesame seeds.
Return to oven for remaining cook time.
Slice in half and serve your burgers.
I can't tell you how wonderful my house smells. When I was a little girl living in Austin, we routinely drove by the Butter Krust bakery - and when they were baking, the blocks surrounding the factory smelled the way my kitchen smells right now. Warm yeasty bread baking. Nothing like it. I couldn't wait for dinner - I cut one open and ate it out of hand. It tastes absolutely incredible...I may never buy another hamburger bun at the grocery store again. Wow!
Bon Appetit, Y'all!!!