To start the New Year off right Doug, Mackenzie and I went for an hour long hike. Though there was snow on the ground, the temperature hovered around 50 degrees. This proved to be good and bad as Mack and I did not have hiking boots and the snow was melting. We trudged along, saying hi to other walkers and all of their dogs. Hiking at this hill always makes me jealous that I don’t have a dog.
The chicken was so tender you could shred it with a potato masher. The buffalo sauce was spicy, but not overpowering. And the rolls. The rolls were the best ever. They melted in your mouth. There were no crumbs. There was no waste. There were no leftovers.
Hamburger bun recipe:
King Arthur Flour
3/4 to 1 cup lukewarm water
2 tablespoons butter
1 large egg
3 1/2 cups King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
1/4 cup sugar
1 1/4 teaspoons salt
1 tablespoon instant yeast
Mix and knead all of the dough ingredients, by hand or machine, to make a soft, smooth dough.
Cover the dough, and let it rise for 1 hour, or until it’s doubled in bulk.
Gently deflate the dough, and divide it into 8 pieces. Shape each piece into a round 1″ thick (more or less); flatten to about 3″ across. Place the buns on a lightly greased baking sheet, cover, and let rise for about an hour, until very puffy.
If desired, brush buns with melted butter. Or brush lightly with egg wash (1 egg beaten with 1 tablespoon water), and sprinkle with sesame seeds.
Bake the buns in a preheated 375°F oven for 12 to 15 minutes, till golden. Cool on a rack.