I used to be terrified to make any kind of bread. Yeast was a scary unpredictable ingredient, and kneading was a laborious art form. But listen, there is something you should know about me… If I can mess something up in the kitchen, I will! I get distracted easily and I’m not great at following directions. I do steps out of order and mess up measurements. If you came here to learn from a pro, you’ve come to the wrong place. I’m more of that person that you look at and say, “Well, if she can do it, then I can definitely do it too!” If you follow me on instagram you can join me in the kitchen to make some hamburger buns, and see just how many mistakes I make.
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If you came here from instagram get excited, this is where I share the recipe I used! (This recipe is not mine)
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I’ve learned that rolls, buns, and pizza dough (NOT the toss, flip, and spin pizza doughs…) are very do-able for the average home cook. Yeast is just an ingredient and nothing to be scared of. Most recipes tell you to add sugar and water to “proof the yeast” Basically yeast is dried. Sugar and water make it come back to life. So if it bubbles its good, if it doesn’t (Which rarely happens. It’s only happened to me once or twice) then something is wrong. Your yeast could be expired, or your kitchen could be too cold.
Aside from being a bit messy, kneading isn’t so bad. And if you have a mixer with a dough hook, you don’t even have to get your hands dirty. I was always scared that you had to knead the dough to the perfect consistency or you’d ruin your bread. And while over kneading can make your bread more dense, it still comes out of the oven warm delicious bread. I always try to remember my dough should look smooth, and once it does, stop kneading.
The other big concern for me, was the flour measurements. Most people make such a big deal about using more or less flour depending on how your dough looks, feels, and pulls away from the bowl. To be honest, this step is very similar to the kneading results. If you add too much flour your bread won’t be as soft and fluffy. If you don’t add enough its hard to work with. I’m sure not adding enough flour alters the texture as well. I’m not a professional, so I don’t know. What I do know is, even if you get this step wrong, you still end up with warm yummy bread.
All of these things take time to get down, but don’t let that stop you from trying out a few easy recipes. You’ll learn what works best for you, but you’ll still make lots of yummy treats in the process.
Here are some of my favorite easy recipes I found on Pinterest:
A quicker burger bun recipe (You can also just make them smaller as serve them as dinner rolls)