Sunday, July 24, 2005

Hamburger Rolls - The Ultimate in Softness ©

After buying hamburger rolls for the better part of my life, I decided to test various hamburger roll recipes; none seemed too rewarding - depressing at best! I finally came up with a recipe - and actually remembered what I did - for the common hamburger roll that is soft, fluffy and tasty and FAR beyond the pasty, tasteless rolls you buy in a super market. For those of you interested in making your own rolls, here is the recipe.

4 tsp. instant yeast
2-1/2 T. sugar
1-1/3 cups of warm bottled water
4 tsp. Vegetable oil
2 cups KA AP flour
2 cups Bread flour
1-1/4 tsp. salt
4 tsp bottled water
beaten egg white.

In large stand mixer bowl, dissolve yeast, sugar, and warm water. Mix well with beaters, and let stand until foamy and/or creamy -about 8-12 minutes.

Add oil, 2 cups of bread flour, and salt. Stir well with beaters. Remove the beaters and insert the bread hooks. Add the remaining 2 cups of AP flour, 1/2 cup at a time, and knead until dough comes together. Add addition flour if necessary to form a smooth, cohesive, elastic ball of dough. Flour counter, and knead further as necessary to get a smooth, elastic ball of dough. Should not be too sticky.

Lightly oil a large bowl, place dough in bowl and turn so dough is coated on all sides. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise until double in bulk - about 40 minutes.

Weigh dough, and divide into 8 equal pieces – or more for smaller buns. Roll and form the dough in balls/rounds. Flatten slightly, then place on a lightly oiled cookie sheet, or on a cookie sheet lined with oiled, floured parchment paper. Let rise for another 20-30 minutes until doubled in size.

Beat the egg white and water. Carefully brush the egg white onto rolls. Bake rolls in preheated 350 degree oven for 15 minutes or until the rolls are golden brown.

Brown Sugar Pound Cake and Blueberry Bread

The following two recipes are excellent desserts, and very easy to make. The Brown Sugar Pound cake was originally on and provided to King Arthur's Baking Circle by bmwatl, an esteemed BC member. The Blueberry Cake was provided to King Arthur Baking Circle by C. Stevens.

Brown Sugar Pound Cake - Smooth and dense in texture, this cake has a wonderful caramel flavor.

Cake Ingredients

1 cup dark brown sugar, firmly packed
1 cup light brown sugar, firmly packed
1 cup sugar
1 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup canola or vegetable oil
5 large eggs, at room temperature
3 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 325F. Grease and flour or sugar a 10-inch tube pan, a 12-cup Bundt pan, or two 9" x 5" bread pans. If using bread pans, divide evenly between the two.

In a small bowl, combine the flour, baking powder and salt; set aside.

At medium speed with an electric mixer, cream together the butter and sugars for 4 or 5 minutes, or until light and fluffy. With the mixer running at low speed, add the oil and beat until incorporated; then, beat in the eggs, one at a time(*). At low speed, add the flour mixture alternately with the milk, beginning and ending with the flour mixture. Beat only until ingredients are blended; do not overbeat. Stir in the vanilla extract.

Pour into your prepared pan(s), and bake for 1 hour and 20 minutes. Remove cake from oven and check doneness with a cake tester, metal skewer, or toothpick. If tester does not come out clean, bake for an additional 10 minutes, then test again. Cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes, then remove from pan and allow to cool completely. Frost with Brown Sugar Frosting or Brown Sugar Icing.

Brown Sugar Frosting

1 pound light brown sugar (16-ounce package
or about 2-1/4 cups plus 2 teaspoons
1/2 cup butter (1 stick)
1 5-ounce can of evaporated milk
dash of salt
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Hint: When making a cake recipe that calls for several eggs to be added one at a time, break open all eggs in a separate bowl, slightly beat , then pour into the cake mixture a little at a time.
Blueberry Bread (*** )


2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup sugar
3 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 pint blueberries (about 1-1/2 cups)
1 teaspoon lemon zest
1/2 cup chopped nuts of choice – optional
2 eggs -- beaten
1 cup milk
1 tsp. vanilla
3 tablespoons vegetable oil

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease a 9x5 loaf pan or three mini-pans (about 6 x 3).

In a mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Stir in the blueberries, the lemon powder and nuts if you choose to use them. In a small bowl or large measuring cup, combine the eggs, milk and oil; add to dry ingredients and mix until moistened. Transfer mixture to prepared pan(s). Bake large loaf about 55 minutes, smaller loaves 35-40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

Cool in the pan 15 minutes; remove from pan and cool on a rack.

You can use dried blueberries pre-soaked in water for a while, but fresh blueberries are best

(***) This recipe has been slightly modified from the original recipe. The original recipe can be found at