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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: Hearty Breakfasts

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Ward off the winter chill with these rib-sticking breakfast and brunch favorites. They’re perfect for a celebratory weekend with friends and family in town!

 

Poached Eggs with White Bean-Tomato RagoutPoached Eggs with White Bean-Tomato Ragout
White beans simmered with pancetta, rosemary and fire-roasted tomatoes make an enticing base for poached eggs. Serve with thick slices of broiled country bread.
Smoked Salmon Frittata with Goat Cheese and ChivesSmoked Salmon Frittata with Goat Cheese and Chives
Fold your favorite seasonal ingredients into fluffy eggs for a meal in a skillet. Here, delicate smoked fish is combined with tangy goat cheese and fresh, oniony chives.
Spiced Pecan Pumpkin Waffles with Homemade Pecan Maple ButterSpiced Pecan Pumpkin Waffles with Homemade Pecan Maple Butter

Nothing warms up a chilly autumn morning quite like these spiced pumpkin waffles, which are easy to make using our mix. Here we top them with homemade pecan-maple butter, but you can substitute regular unsalted butter instead.

 

Mushroom Omelette with Fontina and ThymeMushroom Omelette with Fontina and Thyme
The earthy flavors of mushroom, thyme and fontina cheese make a wonderful combination in an omelette. Serve with artisan bread, brushed with extra-virgin olive oil and toasted under the broiler.
Corn and Chili Strata with Mexican ChorizoCorn and Chili Strata with Mexican Chorizo
Strata, a casserole of eggs, bread, cheese and other ingredients, is a busy cook’s secret weapon: The dish can be assembled the night before, then baked the next morning to golden perfection. Use fresh Mexican-style chorizo, not smoked Spanish sausage links, for this Southwestern version, which is studded with mild green chilies and sweet corn.
Bacon-and-Cheddar-Cornmeal-JohnnycakesBacon-and-Cheddar Cornmeal Johnnycakes
The subtle crunch of cornmeal gives johnnycakes appealing texture and a bit of heft. This version, embellished with crisp bits of bacon and sharp cheddar cheese and served with honey or syrup, makes a delightful sweet-and-salty breakfast treat.
Breakfast Hash with Bell Pepper and Swiss ChardBreakfast Hash with Bell Pepper and Swiss Chard
Red peppers, sausage, potatoes and earthy chard combine to make this satisfying one-pot hash. Top with fried eggs, and serve fried bacon slices alongside.
Steel-Cut Oats with Honeyed Pears and Glazed PecansSteel-Cut Oats with Honeyed Pears and Glazed Pecans
Steel-cut oats result in a textured oatmeal, with a deliciously chewy yet tender bite. They do require longer simmering than regular oatmeal, but it’s worth the effort. Top with crunchy sugared pecans and cinnamon-coated pears, and you’ll be in oatmeal heaven.
Potato, Egg and Cheese Breakfast TacosPotato, Egg and Cheese Breakfast Tacos

There are so many variations on the theme of eggs and tortillas that it’s hard to pick a favorite. When you want something especially hearty, try this version, which includes panfried potatoes. The fresh salsa is essential.

 

Spiced Cider DoughnutsSpiced Cider Doughnuts
You may wonder if making your own doughnuts is worth the effort. Just one bite of these sugar-glazed deep-fried treats will prove it is. The spicy flavor is sure to bring back memories of crisp autumn mornings and relaxing breakfasts in flannel pajamas.
Broccoli Rabe, Pesto and Smoked Mozzarella StrataBroccoli Rabe, Pesto and Smoked Mozzarella Strata
Broccoli rabe has a slightly bitter taste with overtones of sweet mustard. Layer it with egg-soaked sourdough bread, pesto and Italian cheese in this gorgeous winter strata.
Pumpkin Quick BreadPumpkin Quick Bread
True to its name, this bread comes together in no time, thanks to our premium mix. And what could be more enticing than the aroma of spiced pumpkin bread studded with pecans emerging from the oven?
Pizzas with Eggs and BaconPizzas with Eggs and Bacon
A breakfast pizza is a delicious way to dress up bacon and eggs. To save time in the morning, make the dough the day before and let it rise overnight in the refrigerator.
Brussels Sprouts and Potato Hash with Fried EggsBrussels Sprouts and Potato Hash with Fried Eggs
An unexpected twist on a classic, brussels sprouts add a delicious crunch to traditional hash. Serve with a warm baguette for any meal. If you have leftover cooked brussels sprouts or potatoes, this recipe is a great way to use them up.
Cheese-and-Marmalade French Toast SandwichesCheese-and-Marmalade French Toast Sandwiches

If you grew up eating plain French toast made from generic white bread, this decadent stacked version filled with cream cheese and marmalade is a revelation. To ensure the sandwiches cook through, first brown them on the griddle and then pop them in the oven to finish.

 

Eggs Florentine with Savory Waffles and Herbed HollandaiseEggs Florentine with Savory Waffles and Herbed Hollandaise
In this delicious twist on eggs Florentine, we swap in savory waffles for the traditional English muffins. Fresh parsley lends color and flavor to the hollandaise sauce, and crispy hash browns make the perfect side.
Apple Oven PancakeApple Oven Pancake
This cross between a souffle and an omelet is oven-baked in a hot pan instead of on the stovetop. Here, we embellish it with crisp apples, but you can substitute Anjou or Red Bartlett pears, if you like.
Potato and Pepper FrittataPotato and Pepper Frittata
This hearty frittata stars potatoes and sweet bell peppers. Plump and golden, it shows how no more than a few eggs, a handful of vegetables and a sprinkling of cheese can become a simple yet hearty meal to start the day.