Have you ever made your own yeast bread? If you have, then making hamburger buns is a breeze. Using a basic focaccia dough, these flavorful buns can be made in an afternoon ... and finished just in time for dinner.
Until recently, I would never have dreamed of making my own. But when I started cutting back and looking for ways to save, this seemed like a natural progression.
For awhile now, I have been on a spending diet
- basically, I am limiting when, where and how I spent in an effort to be more responsible about money. It's going really well, and despite a few hiccups, it's been a good experience.
Early on in my spending diet, I made a commitment to cutting back on groceries and also on trips to the grocery store. So when I was making hamburgers, but had forgotten buns, I decided to make them. Adapting a focaccia recipe that I have been making for years, I came up with these Focaccia Hamburger Buns
I know, you are probably rolling your eyes now at the absurdity of making buns that you can just buy. But the flavor was far superior than typical store-bought buns, and the cost of making them? Next to nothing.
The process is simple. You start by making the dough. It's sticky, but relatively simple to mix and knead. It takes just a few minutes. Then you cover it and let it rise. During first rise, it doubles in size.
Once it's risen, you punch down the dough and divide it into six equal-sized balls. The ends are tucked under, the top dimpled and seasoned. They go onto a cookie sheet, where they are covered again for a second rise.
Finally, you bake.
And when it's all over, you have six lovely hamburger buns with fabulous flavor that even my kids - who normally prefer a knife and fork to a bun - will eat. It's a testament to their deliciousness.
Come on ... I dare you to try it.
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Sarah W. Caron (aka scaron) is a food writer, editor and blogger who writes about family-friendly foods and raising a healthy family at Sarah's Cucina Bella.