Homemade Hamburger Buns: Easier Than You Think, Tastier Than You Buy

first_img How to Smoke Meat: Everything You Need to Know Easy 3-Ingredient Cocktails You Can Master 6 Essential Scotch Cocktails That You Need to Know 5 Classic Whiskey Cocktails You Should Know How to Make Flickr User Tim SacktonThere’s nothing like homemade food, especially when it’s a home-cooked meal that’s genuinely made from scratch. When a cook starts with nothing but raw ingredients and ends with a sumptuous and entirely original feast, the diners (AKA friends and family) are in for a treat. This is all the more true when dealing with grilled foods, as grilling allows a home chef to add their own unique blends of spices and marinades, to use smoke or rubs, to cook slowly and steadily over low heat or to quickly sear on a blazing barbecue.You probably have your own preferred way to create, season, and prepare hamburger patties and I’ll wager you have your own preferred cheese pairings, condiment blends, and selection of toppings, but when it comes to the bun, if you’re like most people, you settle for a few blasé store-bought option. (Or maybe you saw my article on a few great hamburger bun options that add more flavor and character?) What if I told you that making hamburger buns from scratch is easy, satisfying, and delicious? Let’s find out…Making hamburger buns from scratch is easy, satisfying, and delicious. Now that we have that cleared up, here’s how to make hamburger buns at home using nothing more than…Homemade Hamburger BunSteven JohnIngredients:3 Cups Flour (I use all-purpose; whole wheat is fine too).5 Cup Lukewarm Water.5 Cup Lukewarm Milk1 Tbsp Dry Yeast (a Heaping Tablespoon)1 Egg, plus one Egg White (or two very small eggs—set aside about a tbsp of egg)1 Tsp Salt1 Tbsp Sugar3 Tbsp Melted Butter (or a butter substitute, or 2 tbsp oil —but not olive oil!)Method:Combine water, milk, and yeast and stir gently, then rest the blend for about five minutes.Stir the sugar, salt, egg, and flour into the yeast/liquid blend, in that order, and blend well.Knead the dough (yep, it’s dough now!) for about five minutes, then cover the mixing bowl and set it aside for an hour, ideally in a rather warm part of the house. (I often rest my dough bowl on top of the hot water heater).Pre-heat the oven to 375, then punch the dough back down before you divide the mixture into eight balls; shape those balls into discs.Brush the tops of the discs with a bit of that reserved egg.Bake your dough discs for 15 minutes, then let ’em cool. Slice and serve.Making Your Homemade Hamburger Buns AwesomeSo there you have it, folks: a super simple recipe that makes satisfying burger buns.But if you want to make your homemade buns next level awesome, you need to spice things up. You can use that brushed on egg to coat the top of your buns in classic sesame seeds, in sea salt, with cracked pepper, or with any other seasoning you want. But where things get extra tasty is through blended in herbs and spices.You can mix rosemary or thyme into the dough, or bake in red pepper flakes for extra kick. Add shavings of cheeses (hard cheese work great; softer ones are fine too, just go easy). Add fresh, finely chopped chives. Add anything that sounds excellent to you; worst case scenario, you wasted about three dollars worth of ingredients. Best case scenario, you create an entirely original bun recipe that lives up to your legendary burgers. Editors’ Recommendations 10 Classic Vodka Cocktail Recipes You Can Mix at Home last_img read more

New Brock research examines forgetfulness in preschoolers

In spite of their best intentions, three- and four-year-old kids often struggle with remembering what they were supposed to do.Prospective memory, or the memory of future intentions, is the focus of a new Brock University study by Caitlin Mahy, Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology, and her research team, student Lydia Lavis and lab manager Amanda Krause.The researchers are exploring two possible reasons why children forget, and whether these reasons differ depending on a child’s age.“Children forget either because of memory failure, when they can’t remember what they have to do, or because they don’t detect a cue to trigger the behaviour, even though they can remember and report what they had to do,” Mahy says.“Our prediction is that three year olds fail to carry out their intentions because they forget what they had to do, whereas four year olds forget to carry out their intentions because they don’t detect the cue at the right time — but can still remember what they had to do.”In order to collect a high volume of data in a short period of time, the research team collaborated with the Ontario Science Centre (OSC) through its Research Live! program.There is a growing trend of developmental research being conducted in public learning spaces like museums, and Mahy and her team understand why. With a high volume of visitors, the team was able to collect the same amount of data in seven days as they typically would have in a year if restricted to the lab.Data collection was less controlled than in a lab, because of noise and distractions. But Mahy’s team found that the children were surprisingly focused.The OSC also provided a diverse group of subjects from different ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds. Families from Canada, the U.K., United Arab Emirates and the U.S. all agreed to participate.Mahy found it moving to see so many children from diverse backgrounds getting excited about participating in science, and enjoyed discussing the research with parents who want to better understand their children’s behaviour.“Caitlin’s approach to developing novel ways to undertake data collection is a fine example of the innovative efforts made by junior faculty in the Social Sciences,” says Diane Dupont, Associate Dean for Graduate Studies and Research in the Faculty. “It not only improves their own research, but also showcases the breadth of research inquiry undertaken by Brock faculty.”Mahy’s study is ongoing. Data will be used for Lavis’s honours thesis project, and eventually published. For more information on the study, visit brockdmclab.com read more