Homemade Hamburger Buns

I experimented making my own hamburger buns tonight. I wanted to make burgers for dinner after ballet, but Terry has this thing against eating burgers off of regular bread. But I didn't have any store-bought buns on hand.

So I decided to make my own. I had my ubiquitous supply of whole-wheat dough I use to bake bread, so I decided to wing it. I formed bun-shaped loaves on parchment paper before I left in the afternoon, and let them rest on the counter for several hours.

I baked them at 350F instead of the 450F I use to make crusty loaves. I also put them on a metal baking sheet instead of a stone, and didn't add steam to the oven. I baked them for 30 minutes, which is the usual amount of time.

I think they turned out pretty well! I was prepared for Terry to complain (he threw a veritable fit this morning when I didn't make his eggs quite right, so William and I ate his share), but he actually liked the buns.

Now I will never have to buy hamburger or hot dog buns again! Whenever I want them, I'll just bake them fresh, like the rest of the bread around here. I will stop by the Happy Cook next time I'm in Cville, and see if they have the metal rings used to make English muffins. If I can get fresh English muffins whenever I want, that would be awesome. It's like having a bakery right in my kitchen. Seriously, it is SO LITTLE effort to bake bread using this no-knead recipe, I love it.

I was going to try my hand at making crackers tonight, but it's getting late so I'll do it tomorrow morning. I have some herb butter I want to use up, I'll incorporate that into the crackers and see how it goes.