Thursday, December 30, 2010

Plastic-Free Recipe: Burger Buns

Since the end of September, I've been striving (that means making a conscious effort) to purchase no foods in plastic.  By the way, if you haven't seen my guest post on Fake Plastic Fish My Plastic Free Life ... please check it out and share :) Collect Your Plastic. Change Your Life.   Over the past few months, one thing that I've struggled with is bread making... and I had even succumbed to purchasing some in plastic during the past few months... but I'm over it... I'm no longer purchasing bread in plastic...and tonight I wanted burgers... so I had to make buns!!!!  

For real... I made homemade burger buns with my two hands!!  
(Is my excitement shining through??)  
I have to say that when I found the recipe... I was cautiously optimistic as I've looked up so many bread recipes these past few months... only to learn that I can cook and I can bake... but I fail in my bread making skills.  BUT... after the dough rose, and I formed buns... and the smell filled the house... I learned tonight that I CAN make bread!!!  Happy Dance!!!!! :D 

Recipe from: Ultimate Veggie Burgers
Makes 8 buns


Ingredients

1 cup warm water

2 TBSP olive oil

1 TBSP honey


130 g whole wheat flour (I used Whole Wheat Pastry Flour)

260 g bread flour

1 tsp salt

1 TBSP yeast


Method

  1. Mix together the dry ingredients. Make a well in the middle.
  2. To dissolve the honey, mix it into the warm water.  Add the honey water into the well, then add the olive oil.
  3. Mix everything together by hand to form a dough ball.
  4. Knead the dough by hand for about ten minutes. 
  5. Let the dough rise in a bowl until doubled in size (about 1 hour).
  6. Divide dough into 8 pieces (do this by cutting the dough in half, then quarter each half). Roll out to flatten each piece. To form a ball, bring 2 opposite ends together and then bring the other 2 ends together.
  7. Place the dough balls seam side down on a baking sheet.  Cover with a towel and let buns rest until they rise. (about 1 hour) 
  8. Bake in pre-heated 375F/190C oven for 15 minutes.
By this point this should come as no shock... dinner tonight ROCKED!!  

I was dancing in my kitchen because I was so over-the-top excited about my victory! ;)  Check out my 100% Plastic-Free and oh so YUMMY dinner!!!!  
Homemade Black Bean Burgers on my homemade buns, with roasted potatoes and green beans!!! YAY!!