Theresa, one of our wonderful readers in Michigan, made some homemade hamburger and hot dog buns using The Amish Cook’s sourdough starter. I admire the industriousness of her endeavor. Those are some items that almost seem like it’s more trouble then it’s worth: just grab some hot dog buns at the market, slap your dog in the bun, bury it with condiments, at you’re good to go. But seeing these photos makes me change my mind a bit, don’t these homemade buns look amazing? Click here to get the Amish Cook’s sourdough starter recipe. This is a common recipe among the Amish for homemade buns, just use the Amish Cook’s starter and you’re good to go!
HOMEMADE HAMBURGER BUNS
2 cups sourdough starter
3 tablespoons butter
1/2 cup milk, lukewarm
2 eggs, beaten
1 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons sugar
3 cups all-purpose flour (up to half of flour could be whole wheat)
Stir together all ingredients except flour.Add flour, mixing until it comes together enough to be turned out and kneaded.
Knead until dough is smooth and satiny (this can be done on a mixer or bread machine, if preferred). At this point dough may be refrigerated up to 24 hours for a more flavorful bread. Bring dough back to room temperature before continuing with shaping.
Let dough rest for 15 or 20 minutes and then roll it out to 1/2″ thick. Cut with a 4″ round cutter. Cover and let rise until doubled in bulk.
Bake at 350°F for 15 to 18 minutes. Cool on wire rack.