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Homemade Hamburger Buns

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Here’s a great way to take your Labor Day cookout to the next level. Homemade hamburger buns take some time to prepare, but the payoff is huge: a soft, pillowy roll with a slightly sweet, yeasty flavor. Make the most of the last days of summer with your best burger yet.

Homemade Hamburger Buns

1 1/2 cups milk

8 Tbs. (1 stick) unsalted butter, cut into 8 pieces

4 1/2 tsp. active dry yeast

4 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting

5 Tbs. sugar

1 Tbs. kosher salt

1 egg, beaten with 1 tsp. water

Sesame seeds for sprinkling (optional)

 

In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine the milk and butter and heat until the butter is melted, about 7 minutes. Remove from the heat and let cool to 105° to 115°F. Add the yeast and stir until the yeast is dissolved. Let stand for 10 minutes.

 

In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the dough hook, combine the 4 cups flour, the sugar and salt and beat on low speed until combined, about 30 seconds. Add the milk mixture and knead until the dough forms a ball, about 1 minute. Increase the speed to medium-low and knead until the dough is smooth and elastic, 4 to 5 minutes. Remove the dough from the mixer bowl, oil the inside of the bowl and return the dough to the bowl. Cover tightly with plastic wrap and let the dough rise in a warm place until doubled in volume, about 1 hour.

 

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. On a lightly floured work surface, roll out the dough into a 10-by-7 1/2-inch rectangle. Using a ruler as a guide, cut the dough into 2 1/2-inch squares. Transfer to the prepared baking sheet, spacing the buns evenly apart, and cover tightly with plastic wrap. Let rise in a warm place for 30 minutes.

 

Preheat an oven to 400°F.

 

Remove the plastic wrap from the baking sheet. Brush the tops of the buns with the egg mixture and sprinkle with sesame seeds. Bake until the buns are golden and an instant-read thermometer inserted into the center of a bun registers 190°F, 14 to 16 minutes. Transfer the buns to a wire rack and let cool completely. Cut in half and use as hamburger buns. Makes 12 hamburger buns.

 

For slider buns: Follow the instructions above but roll out the dough into a 9-inch square. Cut into 1 1/2-inch squares and place on 2 parchment-lined baking sheets. Cover tightly with plastic wrap and let rise in a warm place for 30 minutes. Position 1 rack in the upper third of an oven and 1 rack in the lower third and preheat to 400°F. Brush the tops of the buns with the egg mixture and sprinkle with sesame seeds. Bake for about 14 minutes, rotating the baking sheets from top to bottom and 180 degrees halfway through baking. Makes 36 slider buns.

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Recipe Roundup: Thanksgiving Pies

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It’s the grand finale for our favorite meal of the year: the Thanksgiving pie! Whether you swear by the classics or are looking for a sweet new spin, these autumnal recipes have you covered. Keep reading, and get inspired to start baking.

 

Classic Pecan Pumpkin Butter PieClassic Pecan Pumpkin Butter Pie
This pie’s filling is a snap to prepare with Muirhead pecan pumpkin butter. With flavors of ripe pumpkin, premium pecans and classic spices, it’s a customer (and employee!) favorite every year.

Salted Caramel Apple Pie with Lattice CrustSalted Caramel Apple Pie with Lattice Crust
Capture the flavor of fall with a delicious apple pie, a traditional autumn favorite that gets a modern twist here with the addition of salted caramel.

Deep-Dish Apple Bourbon Streusel PieDeep-Dish Apple Bourbon Streusel Pie
Baked in a rectangular baking dish, this pie is perfect for serving a crowd. It’s packed with apples and spiked with a splash of bourbon, then topped with a crispy, buttery streusel.
Pear-Almond Pies with Toasted Almond-Spice Ice CreamPear-Almond Pies with Toasted Almond-Spice Ice Cream
Sized for individual servings and prepared with ourBreville pie maker, these little pies will be a hit at any gathering. Puff pastry makes a wonderfully flaky crust for the ripe pear filling.
Apple-Ginger-Cranberry Pie with Vanilla Ice CreamApple-Ginger-Cranberry Pie with Vanilla Ice Cream
Here, autumn flavors of apple and cranberry get an extra hit of warmth from crystallized ginger. This pie is easy to make ahead, which makes it great for entertaining.

Classic Pumpkin PieClassic Pumpkin Pie
This traditional pie is easy to make, so get the whole family involved! The creamy, spiced pumpkin filling is wonderfully comforting and a little nostalgic. To add a fanciful finish, use decorative piecrust cutters to create shapes from rolled-out pie dough. Then bake the cutouts and place them on the baked and cooled pie.

Apple PieApple Pie
There is nothing more homey, autumnal and American than a warm apple pie cooling on the kitchen counter. Top each slice with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or slices of sharp Cheddar cheese.
Spiced Apple-Cranberry PieSpiced Apple-Cranberry Pie
A medley of spices gives a flavor boost to this pie, which makes a festive addition to a winter gathering. Apples complement the flavor of tart cranberries, creating a bright, colorful filling.

Pecan PiePecan Pie
This Thanksgiving dessert is easy as pie, thanks to our jarred pecan pie filling. For even faster prep, use our piecrust mix instead of making the dough from scratch.
Pumpkin Ice Cream PiePumpkin Ice Cream Pie
Put a new spin on your holiday pie by filling it with pumpkin ice cream. A crispy crust and whipped cream topping completes this gorgeous dessert.
Sweet Potato Pie with Pecan StreuselSweet Potato Pie with Pecan Streusel
Sweet potatoes make a delicious and unexpected substitute for pumpkin in pies. This Southern-inspired treat is a great way to showcase yams in a new way.
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Pumpkinpalooza! 30 Days of Pumpkin Recipes

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This time of year, nothing compares to the irresistible aroma of sweet pumpkin baked goods or the nutty richness the veggies add to savory dishes. Now that the season’s finally arrived, here’s a month’s worth of our favorite ways to get your pumpkin spice fix.

 

Roasted Pumpkin with Garlic, Sweet Potatoes and Cherry TomatoesRoasted Pumpkin with Garlic, Sweet Potatoes and Cherry Tomatoes
This medley of roasted vegetables transitions between the seasons with summer’s last tomatoes and autumn’s first root vegetables and firm squashes. If you’ve never combined maple syrup and olive oil before, you’re in for a pleasant surprise!
Pumpkin Quick BreadPumpkin Quick Bread
True to its name, this bread comes together in no time, thanks to our premium mix — and here’s agluten-free version so everyone can enjoy.
Pumpkin Ravioli with Sage ButterPumpkin Ravioli with Sage Butter
Here’s the classic ravioli of the city of Ferrara, in Emilia-Romagna, although the city of Mantua, in Lombardy, also claims the dish. It is best served with a simple sauce of lightly browned butter and fresh sage, which heightens and contrasts with the sweetness of the pumpkin in the filling.
Classic Pumpkin PieClassic Pumpkin Pie
This is our ultimate pumpkin pie recipe (customer-approved!) with rich, deep flavor and a wonderful texture. To add a fanciful finish to this pumpkin pie, use decorative piecrust cutters to create shapes from rolled-out pie dough for the top.
Spiced Pumpkin and Lamb TagineSpiced Pumpkin and Lamb Tagine
In this recipe from Chef Michael Voltaggio, a whole pumpkin is filled with a hearty, warmly spiced lamb tagine. Serve over steamed rice or couscous, and scoop out the tender flesh as you eat.
Pumpkin Coffee Cake with Brown Sugar-Pecan StreuselPumpkin Coffee Cake with Brown Sugar-Pecan Streusel
This coffee cake is lighter than you would expect, with the rich flavor of pumpkin and spices and a thick layer of crunchy brown sugar and pecan streusel. It was made for a festive autumn brunch, paired with big steaming cups of joe.
Bulgur Pilaf with Pumpkin and RaisinsBulgur Pilaf with Pumpkin and Raisins
Here, cubes of sugar pie pumpkin are cooked with nutty bulgur for a beautiful side dish or light vegetarian main.
Pumpkin Soup with Spicy Pumpkin SeedsPumpkin Soup with Spicy Pumpkin Seeds
The best part about this recipe is that it uses almost the entire pumpkin, and the seeds from the pumpkin are roasted to use for the garnish. Pack leftover toasted pumpkin seeds in your child’s lunch box (or your own!) for a fun treat.
Pumpkin Cupcakes with Candied Pumpkin SeedsPumpkin Cupcakes with Candied Pumpkin Seeds
This recipe demonstrates the versatility of ourBundt cake mix—the batter is baked in muffin pans, then the cupcakes are topped with cream cheese frosting and candied pumpkin seeds. These sweet treats will be a hit with kids and grown-ups alike.
Pumpkin Lasagna with FontinaPumpkin Lasagna with Fontina
This hearty lasagna is perfect for this transitional time, when late-summer produce is winding down and the first fall vegetables appear at farmers’ markets. Combining yellow squash, zucchini and pumpkin, the dish comes together quickly, thanks to our ready-to-use pasta sauce.
Pumpkin Ice CreamPumpkin Ice Cream
Combine pureed pumpkin with plenty of spices and a classic custard, and you’ll have the makings of this rich, creamy autumnal ice cream. It’s ideal for pumpkin lovers!
Pork and Pumpkin StewPork and Pumpkin Stew
Chock-full of tender pork and pumpkin and seasoned with a medley of fragrant spices, this warming stew is perfect for a fall dinner with friends.
Ooey Gooey Pumpkin BarsOoey Gooey Pumpkin Bars
This dessert has become a favorite of our staff and customers ever since one of our sales associates created it. These bars are delicious on their own but to take them over the top, sprinkle with candied pecans or add a dollop of whipped cream just before serving.
Braised Beef with Autumn VegetablesBraised Beef with Autumn Vegetables
Here’s a hearty stew to get you through the cold winter months. The addition of a light vinaigrette laced with green onions and peppery mint just before serving infuses this dish with bright, fresh flavors.
Pumpkin Pie WafflesPumpkin Pie Waffles
These waffles are made with the same spices used for pumpkin pie along with sour cream for smoothness; the dark rum is there for extra flavor and a little mystery. Like pumpkin pie, they are comforting, custardy and filling.
Pumpkin Chocolate TriflePumpkin Chocolate Trifle
A beautiful centerpiece for a dessert buffet, this seasonal trifle is made using our pumpkin Bundt cake mix, chocolate sauce and whipped cream flavored with pecan pumpkin butter.
Pumpkin Cassoulet with Caramelized Onions and Roasted GarlicPumpkin Cassoulet with Caramelized Onions and Roasted Garlic
White beans, tender squash and savory onions bake under a crisp blanket of garlic bread crumbs in this spectacular meatless main dish. It’s a great choice for a vegetarian Thanksgiving dinner.
Pumpkin Pots de CrèmePumpkin Pots de Crème
Our signature pecan pumpkin butter gives classic pots de crème a seasonal spin. With a touch of grated orange zest and nutmeg, it’s packed with fall flavors.
Pumpkin Tortelloni with Sage & Pumpkin SeedsPumpkin Tortelloni with Sage & Pumpkin Seeds
Tortelloni—a bigger version of tortellini, closer to a dumpling—is traditionally stuffed with pumpkin, nutmeg and Parmigiano-Reggiano. But beyond that starting point, the regional variations are countless. Chef Thomas McNaughton of San Francisco’s restaurant Flour + Water puts pumpkin seeds in the sauce, to give the tortelloni a little crunch and nuttiness, and he coats the pasta with a brown butter sauce.
Iced Pumpkin-Raisin CookiesIced Pumpkin-Raisin Cookies
Perfect for casual gatherings, these pumpkin cookies are laced with raisins and walnuts and seasoned with a medley of spices. A cream cheese glaze adds a delicious finishing touch.
Roasted Baby PumpkinsRoasted Baby Pumpkins
Sweetened with maple syrup, these petite pumpkins make a wonderful accompaniment to the Thanksgiving feast as well as to other autumn meals. The pumpkin puree is served directly in the shell for a colorful presentation.
Pumpkin TartPumpkin Tart
This festive tart is a wonderful alternative to the classic pumpkin pie, and it’s not just for Thanksgiving. Store-bought puff pastry streamlines prep and saves you time.
Thai Pumpkin & Chicken CurryThai Pumpkin & Chicken Curry
Take chicken curry to the next level by adding sweet, nutty pumpkin! You’ll love how quickly this dish comes together.
Pumpkin Bread with DatesPumpkin Bread with Dates
Buttery dates make this quickbread extra special. Serve it for breakfast, with coffee and tea, or for dessert with a scoop of ice cream of spoonful of whipped cream.
Pumpkin Cream Cookie SandwichesPumpkin Cream Cookie Sandwiches
For a fun twist on the traditional sandwich cookie, a cream cheese filling flavored with pecan pumpkin butter is tucked between chewy ginger-molasses cookies. They’re perfect for Halloween parties and other autumn get-togethers.
Pumpkin-Braised Pork with GreensPumpkin-Braised Pork with Greens
This comforting braise is simple to make with a slow cooker and our pumpkin braising base. It has a mix of fall spices for hearty character and delicate sweetness.
Chocolate-Pumpkin CakeChocolate-Pumpkin Cake
The magic ingredient in this cake is grated raw pumpkin! Its color and flavor are indiscernible in the baked cake, but the pumpkin creates a moist texture.
Pumpkin Crème BrûléePumpkin Crème Brûlée
This colorful dessert is enhanced with grated whole spices. Served in individual ramekins, it’s an elegant presentation for a dinner party.
Pumpkin Soup with Brown Butter and Crème FraîchePumpkin Soup with Brown Butter and Crème Fraîche
This warming soup is the creation of Chef Marjorie Taylor, who runs the Cook’s Atelier in Burgundy. She finishes the soup with a drizzle of brown butter, which adds a nutty richness.
Classic Pecan Pumpkin Butter PieClassic Pecan Pumpkin Butter Pie
This pie’s filling is a snap to prepare with our pecan pumpkin butter, one of our favorite fall products. Use our precision cutters to top your dessert with beautiful decorations that would make any pastry chef proud.