Last night we made a good dinner. We used a recipe for cloned Big Macs and altered it a bit. I didn’t have any lettuce in the house and, of course, it was dark outside and I didn’t want to trudge to the greenhouse to get lettuce, so we used small spinach leaves instead and next time will use lettuce and spinach. We also didn’t have any fresh tomatoes, as I won’t buy them at the grocery store; because, they have no taste. No tomatoes on these burgers. My Hero made 6 hamburger patties and grilled them in the cast iron grill pan and made the special sauce for them. The sauce was spectacular! We served one pattie on a single homemade hamburger bun. They were fabulous!
Homemade Hamburger Buns
2 packages of dry yeast or 2 Tbsp bulk
1 c warm water
1/3 c olive oil
1/8 c sugar
1 tsp sea salt
1 Tbsp flax meal (optional)
1/4 c whole wheat bran (optional)
3 c flour (preferably bread flour) may need 1/4 c more flour if not adding flax meal or wheat bran. Perhaps a tad more, depending upon dough stickiness after mixing.
Proof yeast in 1/4 c of the warm water and 2 tsp of the sugar. Place water, sugar, and yeast in bowl. Mix to dissolve yeast and allow to sit 10 minutes. Should foam up, if yeast is alive and good.
Add oil, egg, and rest of water to yeast. This is the wet mixture.
Place flour, wheat bran, flax meal, sugar, and salt into food processer with dough blade. Pulse a few times to mix dry ingredients. After mixing, add wet ingredients by pouring slowly through the feed chute of processer. Mix well until all is incorporated. Check dough for stickiness and add tiny bit more flour or if too loose, add a tiny bit more warm water and mix any added ingredients well.
Lightly oil a warm bowl with more olive oil. Turn dough into bowl and turn dough over to get both sides oiled. Cover and allow to rise 1 hour to 1 1/2 hours.
Punch dough down and with oiled hands, form into 10 balls. Place onto oiled cookie sheet, flatten these a bit, brush with softened butter, sprinkle with sesame seeds, and cover to let rise 15 minutes.
Bake in preheated 425 degree oven for 10 minutes or until browned. Remove from baking sheet and cool on wire rack before slicing in half. Add burgers, sausage patties, barbeque beef, pork, chicken or sloppy joe mixture and enjoy. If serving hot dogs or sausages, shape the dough into long rolls rather than flat balls.