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Married twenty-three years to my wonderful husband and best friend. We have 3 "home-grown" kids, 1 hand-picked by God from Africa and 1 very hyper-active dog. Our life is blessed. We are a close knit family with strong Christian beliefs. And just recently we have bought ourselves a farm. Do we know what we are doing? Nope. Come along with us on our journey…you might have a great laugh or two.

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Hamburger buns in a flash….

I can make hamburger buns in less than a hour.  Start to finish.

Seriously.

I know, I know.  I was skeptical at first as well.  But I have tried the recipe several times and each time it has worked fantastic.  Woo-hoo for me!

You see, I rarely buy bread anymore.  Actually I try not to.  Because the reality is, you can make any kind of bread for just pennies on the dollar.  But sometimes I'm not always smart on planning ahead.  More likely than not, I go to start the burgers and fries for dinner and realize that I've got….ugh, no buns to go with them.  Well problem solved, if you've got 40 minutes….then you've got time.

Hence, the perfect recipe for me.

The original recipe I got from Taste of Home but I did alter it because we do not use any vegetable oil in our house, only coconut oil.

So let's do this.  Let's go bake us up some buns.

40-minute Hamburger Buns:

Ingredients:

2 Tablespoons active dry yeast (make sure your yeast isn't old)
1 cup warm water
1/3 cup coconut oil (I heat it so that it is in the liquid form)
1/4 cup sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon salt
3 - 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

Directions:

1.  In a large bowl, dissolve the yeast in warm water. Add oil and sugar and let it stand for 5 minutes.  If it begins to foam then your yeast is good.  If it doesn't foam (even a little) then your yeast is bad and start the entire process over with fresh yeast.  After 5 minutes add the egg, salt and enough flour to form a soft dough.

2.  I use a large stand up mixer which makes this process a whole lot easier.  If you don't have a stand up mixer than just turn onto floured surface and knead until smooth and elastic.

3.  After the dough has formed, do not let it rise.  Immediately divide into 12 pieces and shape each into a ball.  Place 3 inches apart on greased baking sheets.  Cover and let the dough rest for 10 minutes.

4.  Bake at 425 degrees for 8 - 12 minutes or until golden brown.  Remove from pans to wire racks to cool.

Yield:  1 dozen

This dough could also be made into hot dog buns, but I must admit I haven't tried that yet.  We don't eat a lot of hot dogs here.

Enjoy!





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