Friday, August 13, 2010

Homemade Hamburger and Hotdog Buns

I've been meaning to share a new DIY food I've tried this summer, but the time has gotten away from me.  However, there still should be plenty of time to barbecue, so why not make some homemade hamburger and hotdog buns?

I'd been wanting to try homemade buns for a while, so when a friend suggested a recipe, I tried it almost immediately.  Verdict: a keeper!  The buns taste like the form that store-bought buns are imitating; a tastier, fresher, better textured version of what you're used to.  It's always good when homemade food tastes like that!

The recipe shared by my friend from a cookbooks of her mom's is pretty similar to this recipe, although mine calls for about 4-1/2 cups of flour and makes up to 16 rolls.  The buns are really simple to make.  I use the dough cycle on the bread machine to mix the dough and for the inital rising.  Then I shape them and let them rise again, then bake them.  It really is hardly more trouble than making my regular sandwich bread.  I also like to substitute a cup of whole wheat flour for one of the cups of bread flour for a little extra nutrition.

I didn't do an exact price comparison, but I'm confident I can make a batch of 16 for less than $1.  Since the cheapest I can find store-bought buns is an 8-pack for $.99, I'm at least cutting costs by 50% in making these. 

Plus, you really impress people if you serve them hamburgers and hot dogs on homemade rolls!

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  1. Liz - How could you burn my hotdog!

  2. how could you do this without a bread machine? I'd love to make my own but we don't have a bread machine. I've modified a few recipes and don't feel I need one, but this I'd need help modifying...-Amanda Y. (ayyogurt)(at) (yahoo)

  3. I would love to know how to do it w/out a bread machine as well! They look delicious!

  4. Ladies, honestly the best advice I have for you is just to Google recipes for homemade hamburger and hot dog buns. I found a ton out there!

    I really don't have much experience modifying bread machine recipes. However, I would imagine that in most cases it would be a matter of just mixing and kneading the dough by hand and adding an extra rising in the bowl (that the bread machine usually does).

    Let me know if you ladies have any success!


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