Hamburger, Hot Dog & Hoagie Buns



This is a light airy dough.  It's perfect for hamburgers, hot dogs and sandwiches.  It also freezes well, so make a double batch and keep some on hand for last minute barbeques or picnics.


 

 

 

To make the poolish, combine flour, water and yeast.  Using the paddle attachment, mix on medium speed 2 minutes.  Cover and ferment 4-6 hours.  

White Poolish
1 c (8 oz) cool water
1 c (5 oz) all-purpose flour
1/4 t instant yeast

Wheat Poolish
1 c (8 oz) cool water
3/4 c (4.5 oz) wheat flour
1/4 t instant yeast

To the poolish add the remaining ingredients.  Using the paddle attachment, beat on medium speed 5 minutes. The last minute the dough should clean the sides of the bowl. 

White Dough
poolish (use all of it)
1 1/3 c (6.5 oz) all-purpose flour
1 T (.25 oz) gluten
1 t brown sugar
3/4 t instant yeast
1 1/8 t salt
3 T (1.5 oz) olive oil

Wheat Dough
poolish (use all of it)
1 c (5.5 oz) wheat flour
2 T (.5 oz) gluten
1 t brown sugar
3/4 t instant yeast
1 1/8 t salt
3 T (1.5 oz) olive oil
This is a very soft, sticky dough.  It should clean the side of the bowl after 4 minutes of mixing and hold a very loose shape after it is done in the mixer.

Too much flour- it will clean the sides of the bowl before 4 minutes.  The paddle attachment won't mix it very well if there is too much flour, it will just stick inside the paddle and spin it around.  It will hold a stiff shape while rising.
Too little flour- it will not clean the sides of the bowl and won't be able to hold even a loose shape during rising.

Spray a medium bowl with cooking spray.  Form the dough into a ball and place inside the prepared bowl.  Lightly spray the top of the dough with cooking spray. Cover and rise 60-90 minutes or until double in size.

It is hard to estimate rising times.  It largely depends on the temperature of the dough and in the room.  In the summer or a very warm house it will rise much faster than in the winter or in a cold house. 

This is a soft dough and should be handled gently so the end result can be airy and light.  It is important to form them properly however, so when handling the dough do so gently but meaningfully. 

If air pockets rise to the surface while forming the buns, gently pop them. If you don't they can get very large and deflate the dough prior to or during baking.


 

 

8 Hamburger Buns
Spray a baking sheet with cooking spray and set aside.  Lightly flour a work surface.  Divide dough into 8 equal pieces.  Form each into a loose ball by picking up one of the pieces and using both thumbs to push the dough almost through at the center. Bring the rest into the hole you have created and pinch the bottom. Continue to gently pinch the bottom to stretch the dough until it is smooth all the way around.  Set aside.  Repeat with the remaining pieces.  Take the first piece you formed and flatten it into a disc about 1 inch tall.  Set on prepared sheet.  Repeat with the remaining pieces.  Pop any large bubbles that emerge to the surface.  Lightly spray a piece of plastic wrap and cover the pan.  Rise 30-60 minutes until double in size.   Heat oven to 400 at least 15 minutes before baking.  Bake 20 minutes.  Move to a cooling rack and cool completely.  Slice and serve.
 
8 Hot Dog or Hoagie Buns
Spray a baking sheet with cooking spray and set aside.  Lightly flour a work surface.  Divide dough into 8 equal pieces.  Form each into a piece about 1 inch wide and 4 inches long.  Picking up one of the pieces and use both thumbs to push the dough almost through in the middle. Bring the rest into the middle and pinch the bottom. Continue to (3)gently pinch the bottom to stretch the dough until it is smooth all the way around.  Set  on prepared sheet.   (4)Pop any large bubbles that emerge to the surface.  Repeat with the remaining pieces.  Lightly spray a piece of plastic wrap and cover the pan.  Rise 30-60 minutes until double in size.   Heat oven to 400 at least 15 minutes before baking.  Bake 20 minutes.  Move to a cooling rack and cool completely.  Slice and serve.
 
One Large Hoagie Bun
Spray a baking sheet with cooking spray or cover in parchment paper and set aside.  Lightly flour a work surface. Gently remove dough from bowl.  Lengthwise, fold the bottom third up and the top third down overlapping the bottom third. Using your thumbs press the new bottom fold down sealing it with the rest of the dough. Wrap the ends in and seal them to the bottom as well.  Roll the dough so the seam is on the bottom and gently rock the dough back and forth starting from the middle stretching it to the desired length. Pinch the seam while doing this to have a tight and even skin. If there are large air pockets that rise to the surface gently pop them.  Place dough on prepared pan.  There should be 2 or so inches of space on both ends of the pan.  Cover the pan with two plastic grocery bags and rise 30-60 minutes until double in size.  Heat oven to 400 at least 15 minutes before baking.  Bake 20 minutes.  Move to a cooling rack and cool completely.  Slice and serve.

 
Two Long Hoagie Buns
Set a french bread pan on a baking sheet.  Lightly flour a work surface.  Gently remove dough from bowl.  Divide the dough into 2 equal pieces.  Lengthwise, fold the bottom third up and the top third down overlapping the bottom third. Using your thumbs press the new bottom fold down sealing it with the rest of the dough. Wrap the ends in and seal them to the bottom as well.  Roll the dough so the seam is on the bottom and gently rock the dough back and forth starting from the middle stretching it to the desired length. Pinch the seam while doing this to have a tight and even skin. If there are large air pockets that rise to the surface gently pop them.  Place dough on french bread pan.  There is no need to flour or spray the pan.  There should be 2 or so inches of space on both ends of the pan.  Repeat the process with the second piece.  Cover the pan with two plastic grocery bags.  Heat oven to 400 at least 15 minutes before baking.  Position an oven rack to the second highest setting.  Place a baking stone on the rack.  Place the french bread pan on the stone.  Bake 20 minutes.  Move to a cooling rack and cool completely.  Slice and serve.

Problems

Flour
This is a very soft, sticky dough.  It should clean the side of the bowl after 4 minutes of mixing and hold a very loose shape after it is done in the mixer.
Too much flour- it will clean the sides of the bowl before 4 minutes.  The paddle attachment won't mix it very well if there is too much flour, it will just stick inside the paddle and spin it around.  It will hold too stiff a shape while rising
Too little flour- it will not clean the sides of the bowl and won't be able to hold even a loose shape during rising.


Drying Out
This bread is soft and delicious when eaten the same day.  It dries out quickly however, so slice and store as soon as it is cool.  See storage directions for further information.



Hamburger, Hot Dog & Hoagie Buns 
serves 8
White Dough
Poolish

1 c (8 oz) cool water
1 c (5 oz) all-purpose flour
1/4 t instant yeast

Final Dough
poolish (use all of it)
1 1/3 c (6.5 oz) all-purpose flour
1 T (.25 oz) gluten
1 t brown sugar
3/4 t instant yeast
1 1/8 t salt
3 T (1.5 oz) olive oil
Wheat Dough
Poolish
1 c (8 oz) cool water
3/4 c (4.5 oz) wheat flour
1/4 t instant yeast

Final Dough
poolish (use all of it)
1 c (5.5 oz) wheat flour
2 T (.5 oz) gluten
1 t brown sugar
3/4 t instant yeast
1 1/8 t salt
3 T (1.5 oz) olive oil
 


Poolish

In the bowl of an electric mixer add flour, water and yeast.  Using the paddle attachment, mix on medium speed 2 minutes.  Cover and ferment 4-6 hours.

Final Dough
To the poolish add the remaining ingredients.  Using the paddle attachment, beat on medium speed 5 minutes.  The last minute the dough should (1)clean the sides of the bowl.  Spray a medium bowl with cooking spray.  Form the dough into a ball and place inside the prepared bowl.  Lightly spray the top of the dough with cooking spray.  Cover and rise (2)60-90 minutes or until double in size.


Shaping & Baking
Eight Hamburger Buns
Spray a baking sheet with cooking spray and set aside.  Lightly flour a work surface.  Divide dough into 8 equal pieces.  Form each into a (3)loose ball by picking up one of the pieces and using both thumbs to push the dough almost through at the center. Bring the rest into the hole you have created and pinch the bottom. Continue to gently pinch the bottom to stretch the dough until it is smooth all the way around.  Set aside.  Repeat with the remaining pieces.  Take the first piece you formed and flatten it into a disc about 1 inch high.  Set on prepared sheet.  Repeat with the remaining pieces.  (4)Pop any large bubbles that emerge to the surface.  Lightly spray a piece of plastic wrap and cover the pan.  Rise 30-60 minutes until double in size.   Heat oven to 400 at least 15 minutes before baking.  Bake 20 minutes.  Move to a cooling rack and cool completely.  Slice and serve.

Eight Hot Dog or Hoagie Buns
Spray a baking sheet with cooking spray and set aside.  Lightly flour a work surface.  Divide dough into 8 equal pieces.  Form each into a piece about 1 inch wide and 4 inches long.  Picking up one of the pieces and use both thumbs to push the dough almost through in the middle. Bring the rest into the middle and pinch the bottom. Continue to (3)gently pinch the bottom to stretch the dough until it is smooth all the way around.  Set  on prepared sheet.   (4)Pop any large bubbles that emerge to the surface.  Repeat with the remaining pieces.  Lightly spray a piece of plastic wrap and cover the pan.  Rise 30-60 minutes until double in size.   Heat oven to 400 at least 15 minutes before baking.  Bake 20 minutes.  Move to a cooling rack and cool completely.  Slice and serve.

One Large Hoagie Bun
Spray a baking sheet with cooking spray or cover in parchment and set aside.  Lightly flour a work surface.  (3)Gently remove dough from bowl.  Lengthwise, fold the bottom third up and the top third down overlapping the bottom third. Using your thumbs press the new bottom fold down sealing it with the rest of the dough. Wrap the ends in and seal them to the bottom as well.  Roll the dough so the seam is on the bottom and gently rock the dough back and forth starting from the middle stretching it to the desired length. Pinch the seam while doing this to have a tight and even skin. If there are large air pockets that rise to the surface gently (4)pop them.  Place dough on prepared pan.  There should be 2 or so inches of space on both ends of the pan.  Cover the cookie sheet with two plastic grocery bags and rise 30-60 minutes until double in size.  Heat oven to 400 at least 15 minutes before baking.  Bake 20 minutes.  Move to a cooling rack and cool completely.  Slice and serve.

Two Long Hoagie Buns
Set a french bread pan on a baking sheet.  Lightly flour a work surface.  (3)Gently remove dough from bowl.  Divide the dough into 2 equal pieces.  Lengthwise, fold the bottom third up and the top third down overlapping the bottom third. Using your thumbs press the new bottom fold down sealing it with the rest of the dough. Wrap the ends in and seal them to the bottom as well.  Roll the dough so the seam is on the bottom and gently rock the dough back and forth starting from the middle stretching it to the desired length. Pinch the seam while doing this to have a tight and even skin. If there are large air pockets that rise to the surface gently (4)pop them.  Place dough on french bread pan.  There is no need to flour or spray the pan.  There should be 2 or so inches of space on both ends of the pan.  Repeat the process with the second piece.  Cover the cookie sheet with two plastic grocery bags.  Heat oven to 400 at least 15 minutes before baking.  Position an oven rack to the second highest setting.  Place a baking stone on the rack.  Place the french bread pan on the stone.  Bake 20 minutes.  Move to a cooling rack and cool completely.  Slice and serve.


Storing
These buns are best when eaten the day they are made.  As soon as they are cool, slice and store them.  They dry out quickly. 

Same day
Cool completely then place in a plastic bag or airtight container at room temperature until ready to use.

Freezing 
Place in a plastic bag or wrap well in plastic wrap.  Freeze up to 4 months. 


Notes

1.  This is a very soft, sticky dough.  It should clean the side of the bowl after 4 minutes of mixing and hold a very loose shape after it is done in the mixer.
Too much flour- it will clean the sides of the bowl before 4 minutes.  The paddle attachment won't mix it very well if there is too much flour, it will just stick inside the paddle and spin it around.  It will hold too stiff a shape while rising
Too little flour- it will not clean the sides of the bowl and won't be able to hold even a loose shape during rising.

2.  It is hard to estimate rising times.  It largely depends on the temperature of the dough and in the room.  In the summer or a very warm house it will rise much faster than in the winter or in a cold house. 

3.  This is a soft dough and should be handled gently so the end result can be airy and light.  It is important to form tem properly so when handling the dough do so gently but meaningfully. 

4 If air pockets rise to the surface while forming the buns, gently pop them. If you don't they can get very large and deflate the dough prior to or during baking.


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