Homemade Hamburger Buns

I am in big trouble… Hubby has proclaimed that these hamburger buns are so good we shouldn’t buy them at the store any more. While I agree that they are that good, I’m worried that he’s going to be expecting homemade hamburger buns around the house often…

It’s not that they’re difficult to make, they just take some time with the rising and whatnot. But boy are they worth it. And they freeze well. Each batch makes 8 buns, so they last a decent amount of time since we don’t keep much bread in the house.

This is definitely one of those foods that is worth the small amount of effort to make at home. So the next time you’ll be home for a few hours, make these buns. You’ll thank me.

Be sure to check back next week when I’ll be sharing some great ways to fill these buns!

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Homemade Hamburger Buns

Yield: 8

Ingredients:

3 Tbsp warm milk
1 pkg (2 1/4 tsp) yeast
2 1/2 Tbsp sugar
2 eggs
3 cups bread flour
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp salt
2 1/2 Tbsp unsalted butter, softened
sesame seeds (optional)

Directions:

In a glass measuring cup, combine 1 cup warm water, the milk, yeast and sugar. Let stand until foamy, about 5 minutes. Meanwhile, beat 1 egg.

In a large bowl, whisk flours with salt. Add butter and rub into flour between your fingers, making crumbs. Using a dough scraper, stir in yeast mixture and beaten egg until a dough forms. Scrape dough onto clean, unfloured counter and knead, scooping dough up, slapping it on counter and turning it, until smooth and elastic, 8 to 10 minutes.

Shape dough into a ball and return it to bowl. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and let rise in a warm place until doubled in bulk, 1 to 2 hours.

Line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Using dough scraper, divide dough into 8 equal parts. Gently roll each into a ball. Arrange 4 of the dough balls onto each baking sheet, 2 to 3 inches apart. Cover loosely with a clean kitchen towel and let buns rise in a warm place for 1 to 2 hours.

Set a large shallow pan of water on oven floor. Preheat oven to 400 degrees with rack in center.

If the buns have risen too much and are really flat, reshape into balls.

Beat remaining egg with 1 tablespoon water and brush some on top of buns. Add sesame seeds if using. Bake, turning sheet halfway through baking, until tops are golden brown, about 15 minutes. Transfer to a rack to cool completely.

Recipe adapted from Smitten Kitchen, originally from The NY Times

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17 Responses to “Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls and How to Freeze Cinnamon Rolls”

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    Megan — January 10, 2011 at 5:20 pm

    I think it’s very interesting that KAF has you freeze after baking. With most yeast things, you can pop them in the freezer before the second rise, and then take them out the night before, let them have a slow rise in the fridge, and then leave them out until they are proofed and then bake. It seems so much easier to just partially bake them. Interesting.

    All the flavors sound incredible!

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    Lauren — January 10, 2011 at 5:23 pm

    1. Pumpkin cinnamon rolls are fabulous, and these look great!
    2. I love the tip about pre-baking the rolls before freezing. I will definitely be employing that technique :).

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    Boston Food Diary — January 10, 2011 at 5:30 pm

    These sound AMAZING! I’ve been fearful of making cinnamon rolls- both for the baking and having them around- this is great to know though! Thanks!

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    Bridget — January 10, 2011 at 5:42 pm

    No fair using my recipe and then making prettier cinnamon rolls than me. Hmph!

    Oh well, I suppose it’s worth it to find about this great freezing trick!

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    Anonymous — January 10, 2011 at 6:03 pm

    Wow, do those look and sound delicious! Thanks for the info on how to freeze the rolls. I think I’ll attempt yeast soon.

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    Fun and Fearless in Beantown — January 10, 2011 at 6:04 pm

    Thanks for sharing the tip on freezing cinnamon rolls. I seriously love KAF’s helpful hints on their blog and website!

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    stephchows — January 10, 2011 at 6:09 pm

    ok what a brilliant idea!! I love making pumpkin cinnamon rolls, I just made a batch last weekend 🙂

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    Rhondi — January 10, 2011 at 6:14 pm

    Oh YUM! Thanks for the freezing tips. I wanted to make my kids homemade cinnamon rolls this weekend, but like you, didn’t want them sitting around to tempt me! Does the pumpkin make the rolls really moist? I’m saving this recipe.

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    Jen — January 10, 2011 at 6:20 pm

    Rhondi – I found the dough to be similar to other cinnamon roll dough as far as the moistness goes.

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    Christina — January 10, 2011 at 7:31 pm

    I haven’t had cinnamon rolls in such a long time! I can’t wait to try these.

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    In and Around Town — January 10, 2011 at 7:40 pm

    These look great – the pumpkin is such a nice touch. Love the freezing tips!

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    EliFla — January 10, 2011 at 9:47 pm

    Hello as I am sure you know here in Italy we use the yeast in very many recipes. To freeze some dough leavened with baking powder (such as croissants or Daddy), some experts have advised me after giving shape to freeze before the final rise, then remove from freezer the night before putting in the oven thawing, and morning turn on the oven and cook as usual. I must tell you that I tried and the result was perfect.
    Ciao Flavia

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    innochkaskitchen — January 11, 2011 at 12:25 am

    Yum! I LOVE cinnamon rolls and pumpkin cinnamon rolls are definitely a nice change-up from the usual plain cinnamon rolls. Great recipe!

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    Michael - Innkeeper — January 11, 2011 at 1:29 am

    pumpkin cinnamon rolls!? get out of town!? these look ah-mazing!!!!

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    Kerstin — January 12, 2011 at 3:29 am

    I love your freezing tip! I actually haven’t tried making cinnamon rolls yet, but will soon! It’s nice to know you can make them the night before too and then just finish baking in the morning.

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    Torviewtoronto — January 12, 2011 at 4:27 pm

    delicious a favourite I make similar

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    Tiffany @ Triple Crème Decadence — February 20, 2014 at 2:56 pm

    I never knew pumpkin cinnamon rolls existed until now. Looks and sounds divine!

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