Wild Mountain Huckleberry Muffins

I’ve posted two blogs recently with NO RECIPES, and feel like I need to get something mouthwatering and indulgent on the site quickly.

But I have a slight problem.

Right now my butt is planted firmly on the couch with my left foot propped up on 3 pillows,  because in my feverish quest for the elusive mountain huckleberry I managed to sprain my ankle. It would make a better story to say I sprained it when running from a bear, but I’m afraid I just wasn’t watching my step. Any bears in the vicinity, however, learned a few new words.

So, in honor of my adventure I’m stealing a recipe from my Yummy Northwest column and giving it to you with the only photo I have. These luscious muffins are simple to make; I’m sure you don’t need photos of me stirring the batter.  Once I’m up and running again I’ll make it up to you, I promise.

Huckleberries inspire me. They’re plump and juicy, and absolutely full of flavor. I add them to my angel food cakes, sprinkle them on pancake batter, toss them in banana breads, and even use them to make a mean margarita. You may, of course, substitute blueberries if you don’t have access to beautiful purple huckleberries, but once you’ve had a mountain huckleberry, blueberries will pale in comparison.

My granddaughter Sophie helped pick berries.

My granddaughter Sophie helped pick berries.

Here’s my recipe for Wild Mountain Huckleberry Muffins. They won a blue ribbon at our county fair, so I’m especially fond of them. Disclaimer: I don’t believe in sweet muffins (except for the topping, of course.) If I did, I would call them “cupcakes“! If you’re addicted to Costco-type muffins, you might want to try a different recipe, or add more sugar.

Wild Mountain Huckleberry Muffins
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Makes 12 scrumptious muffins!
Ingredients
  • 1¾ cups all-purpose flour
  • ⅓ cup sugar
  • 2½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon peel
  • ¾ cup small mountain huckleberries, fresh or frozen, divided. (Do not thaw frozen berries)
  • 1 well-beaten egg
  • ¾ cup milk
  • ⅓ cup oil (I use peanut oil)
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 tablespoons flour (if using frozen berries)
Instructions
  1. Heat oven to 375 F.
  2. Mix together all ingredients for streusel topping (see below) and set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder, salt. Sift twice.
  4. Add lemon and ½ cup berries, and toss. If you are using frozen berries, toss them with 2 tablespoons of flour in a small bowl and then add to the dry ingredients. Make a well.
  5. In a medium bowl, combine the egg, milk, oil, and vanilla and mix well. Add all at once to the dry ingredients, folding gently just until the dry ingredients are moistened.
  6. Divide between 12 lined muffin cups. Press remaining berries gently onto tops of muffins and cover with streusel mixture.
  7. Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the middle of a muffin comes out clean. Cool on a rack.
  8. When cool, drizzle with icing (see below) if desired.

 Streusel Topping:
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup chopped pecans (or walnuts)
1/2 cup brown sugar
4 tablespoons (1/4 cup) butter, melted
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

ICING:
3/4 cup powdered sugar
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon vanilla. Water if needed to thin.

Mix together well.

Be assured that even though I can’t be up and baking right now, my mind isn’t idle. I’m coming up with some great huckleberry recipes to share over the next few weeks.
Happy huckleberry dreams!

 

Fly on the Wall – July

Fly on the Wall
Welcome to a Fly on the Wall group post. Today 12 bloggers are inviting you to catch a glimpse of what you’d see if you were a fly on the wall in our homes. Come on in and buzz around my house, and then click on the links at the bottom of the page and check out the other posts!

fly1gifcroppedYou know…I’ve tried my best to be gracious and welcoming, inviting you into my house month after month. But you are beginning to get on my nerves, staying too long and bringing all your friends and relatives with you to buzz around my face when I’m working. I hate to do this, I really do, but unless you leave your pack of hooligan besties at home, I’m going to have to bring out the big guns!Big_Size_Mosquito_Swatter

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You have no problem coming and going as you please, since I’m in and out of the house a hundred times a day. Weeding, picking, watering…garden season is in full swing. I’ve picked over 20 pounds of raspberries, with many many more ready to ripen. You get swatted at every time I make jam, don’t you? At least you know enough to ditch the kitchen when my husband points the vacuum wand at you!

The back porch smells like a skunk because I’m drying garlic. I wish you could smell it here when I start dehydrating garlic and onions for my spice mixtures. Whooooeeeee. Smells like an Italian restaurant exploded. But in a good way, of course.

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Most of the time I’m pretty cheerful. Pollyanna-ish, even. Except when I’m being a raving bitch. It was in the high 90s Wednesday, which is sure to make me grumpy, and I was feeling very sorry for myself when I surveyed the mountain of dishes in my kitchen. So…I wrote a post. I’m pretty sure anyone over 40 can relate, and if you’re younger…your day will come! Wednesday Whine

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fly on wall pics 027It’s not all work and sweat though. My friend Sue sent me over a bottle of wine, a fluffy, feathery wine stopper, and a box of Jelly Bath. I knew exactly what to do with the wine and stopper, of course, but hadn’t tried the Jelly Bath before. I Googled it and decided our septic tank was too sensitive to put it in the tub, but OH.MY.WORD…what a foot bath! It just took a little to turn a big bowl of hot water into a squishy, heavenly, indulgent soak. The mixture stayed hot for a looong time, and I loved every second of it.

The hammock got washed and hung for the summer. We put yellow jacket traps in all the surrounding trees (yes, it totally looks ghetto) and they’re leaving me alone to swing and read in peace. Sweet.miscjunejuly 051

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Totally random, I know, but in case anyone is wondering, this old gal wears Spongebob jammies. On second thought, if anyone IS wondering, that’s really creepy. Let me know so I can ban you from my blog. That is all.fly1gifcropped

Last month I showed you my “weeder’s tan” – that strip of tan across my back where my shirt rides up and my pants ride down as I’m bent over weeding. I’ve found a way to eliminate that, and it doesn’t require any stinky self-tanner!

Ahhhhh.

Ahhhhh.

I hate to use the word “inhibited”, because it sounds so uptight, but I was certainly a modest young woman in the early ’70s. Definitely not a “dance naked to the music under a black light” kind of girl. Now I am coming into my own and discovering how liberating it is to sun worship (aka: picking peas and weeding) without a pesky shirt in my way. As long as I stay in the upper left quadrant of my garden, I have total privacy. Well, at least I thought I did until I saw YOU buzzing in the kitchen window. See anything you like, fly?!

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fly on wall pics 032 croppedAs a fly on my wall, you’re privy to everything that is going on – not just the funny and entertaining stuff. So you’ve seen a lot of eyes wiped and noses blown recently, because our beloved German Shorthaired Pointer, Heidi, is in her final days. The vet gave her a month, but I think we will be taking her for the long ride in the next few days. She’s full of cancer, and I won’t let her suffer.

We’re going to bring her home and lay her to rest by the chicken coop where she can guard her feathered friends.

Escorting the prisoner back to the flock.

Escorting the prisoner back to the flock.

She’s had the best life any dog could hope to enjoy – hills to run, gophers to unearth, chickens to herd, and lots of love. I know I’ll see her at the bridge.

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I’m sure it smacks of passive-aggressive behavior, but since my husband never reads my blogs, I feel perfectly justified in poking fun at him. There are no small children here with their clever little thoughts, so I have to find my material where I can.

Whoops!

Whoops!

He’s been losing weight, and is too frugal to buy new jeans. He went out to gather eggs and came back up the porch with both hands full of eggs and his pants beginning to fall down. By the time he got over to the counter they were around his ankles, and I just happened to have the camera in front of me. Oh yes…I got the shot even though I was laughing so hard I thought it would be all blurry. Actually, I got two photos, but the next one has him turning around glaring at the camera (okay, at me!) and I don’t think anyone wants to see that!

That’s all I’ve got, so this would be a good time to go visit these wonderful blogs:

Baking In a Tornado
Stacy Sews and Schools
Just a Little Nutty
Menopausal Mother
The Sadder But Wiser Girl
The Momisodes
Follow Me Home
Moore Organized Mayhem
Hypnotic Bard
Spatulas on Parade
Sorry Kid, Your Mom Doesn’t Play Well With Others

Wednesday Whine (Why I’d rather be baking!)

Blog5 070I am sick and tired of cooking. No, that’s not right. I don’t mind the act of cooking – what I really hate is cleaning up after myself.

Let’s see. I got married when I was 18, so even if you only figure one meal a day (and believe me, that’s a very conservative number) and throw in a handful of breakfasts, that’s 15,000 meals. Fifteen.Freakin’.Thousand!

It was 96 degrees here today, so I planned a simple chicken salad. Here’s how that worked out:

I baked a loaf of sourdough rye bread in the morning.
• One small bowl for the “sponge”
• One mixing bowl and dough hook
• Two measuring cups, 2 measuring spoons
• One large bowl for letting the dough rise
• One bread pan
• One lasagna pan to add steam to the oven
• One serrated knife to cut the bread
• One bread board
• Oh, and one butter knife!

Boiled and deboned a chicken. Couldn’t waste the broth, so added veggies and cooked it down to put in the freezer. I have a sick dog, so I also cooked some rice using some of the broth and added chicken and cottage cheese.
• One large stock pot
• One cutting board and knife for the veggies
• One small pan for the rice
• One measuring cup and spoon
• One bowl for the dog food mixture
• One strainer for the broth

Made the salad.
• One knife for the lettuce (I know. I cut instead of properly tearing the lettuce. Don’t judge!)
• One strainer to wash the lettuce
• One peeler for the cucumber
• One cutting board for the cucumber, Kalamata olives, tomatoes, and green onions
• One grater for the fresh Parmesan cheese
• One salad bowl and salad tongs

Made croutons, using the rye bread
• One knife
• One cutting board
• One small bowl for tossing the bread cubes in oil and seasonings
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Made dressing
• One small bowl
• One whisk

Add two dinner plates, forks, and wine water glasses. Do you see why my kitchen is never spotless? If I could just be “normal” and buy a pre-cooked chicken, some salad greens, a bottle of dressing, and a bag of croutons my life would be so much simpler. But I can’t DO that. Well…occasionally I’ll break down and go the easy route, but I save money this way and make sure we don’t eat ingredients that I can’t pronounce.

But the real bitch of this is, even though everything tastes great, it’s just another meal.

Baking is even messier, but the reward is something that is covered with chocolate, or filled with maple cream, or bursting with raisins. Baking is a joy.

Sometimes I cook because it’s fun, but mostly I cook because I must. And since I don’t have a maid to clean up behind me, I spend a lot of time doing dishes that never end. Tonight was #15,001.

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Coconut Key Lime Cookies

Blog5 060So I bought this bag of Key limes the other day. Well…let’s back up. First I bought a 6-pack of Corona beer, and as I raced through the produce department I saw the Key limes. I glanced around for regular limes but didn’t see any and was too lazy to go hunt them down, so I grabbed the bag, knowing full well that I’d have to come up with some kind of a recipe to use them all in – long after the beer was gone.

It’s your lucky day, because out of that impulse purchase emerged a recipe for a cookie that is rich and buttery, bursting with coconut, and has a subtle “pop” of lime. Perfect with a glass of iced tea.

I tried them three ways: plain, sporting a fresh raspberry in the center, and with a dollop of raspberry jam. My favorite? The fresh raspberry cookie calls to me, because if you refrain from shoving the whole cookie in your mouth (no names will be mentioned here) you can nibble at the cookie and savor the anticipation of the moment you bite into the berry and get that burst of contrasting flavor.  I would like to note, however, that if you aren’t planning to serve them within 24 hours, you may want to stick with the plain or jam version. Fresh berries aren’t very appealing after a day or so.

I used virgin coconut oil to add extra coconutty flavor, Key lime juice (those little buggers are a pain to squeeze) and a teaspoon of grated lime peel. If you want a stronger hit of lime, double the lime peel.  DO NOT TASTE THE DOUGH, because you won’t want to stop, I promise. I got 24 cookies out of this recipe, though I’m sure without two people “testing” the dough there would have been a few more.

"Plain" (if you could call it that!)

“Plain” (if you could call it that!)

Fresh raspberry center.

Fresh raspberry center.

With raspberry jam.

With raspberry jam.

When you buy Key limes, look for fruit that is more yellow than green, which means it’s riper and not quite as tart. Those little guys pack a wallop, especially when they’re dark green, but any bitterness is hidden in these cookies.

Coconut Key Lime Cookies
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Chewy coconut, tart lime, and buttery dough make a perfect cookie to serve with a glass of iced tea. Makes 24 cookies.
Ingredients
  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • ¼ cup virgin coconut oil
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup powdered sugar
  • ½ cup cornstarch
  • 1 egg yolk
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 tablespoons Key lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon (gently packed) finely grated Key lime peel (or more - your call!)
  • 2 cups flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup shredded coconut
  • fresh raspberries or raspberry jam, if desired
Instructions
  1. Heat oven to 375 F.
  2. In large bowl, cream together the butter, coconut oil, sugar, powdered sugar, and cornstarch.
  3. Add egg yolk, vanilla, lime juice, and lime peel and mix together well.
  4. Add flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Mix well.
  5. Stir in coconut.
  6. Using cookie scoop or rounded tablespoon, drop cookie dough onto ungreased baking sheet. If you are not adding raspberries, flatten the dough slightly with the bottom of a drinking glass and bake for 12-14 minutes, until the cookies are golden brown around the bottom.
  7. If you are adding raspberries, use your thumb to make a well in each ball of dough and fill with either a fresh berry or a small spoonful of jam. Bake 12-14 minutes, until the cookies are golden brown around the bottom.
  8. Cool on the cookie sheet for a few minutes and then transfer to a rack to continue cooling.

 

Get ready!

Get ready!

For plain cookies, slightly flatten the scooped dough.

For plain cookies, slightly flatten the scooped dough.

If you're using raspberries or jam, make a well and fill 'er up!

If you’re using raspberries or jam, make a well and fill ‘er up!

Baked and ready to be moved from baking sheet to rack.

Baked and ready to be moved from baking sheet to rack.

Hopefully you left a couple of limes for your Corona (get ready to pucker), but you might want to save that for later; the cookies are for NOW! Enjoy.

Buttershots Crisps

Blog5 053If you’re looking for a crispy little cookie to dunk in your tea or coffee, Buttershots Crisps are perfect for the job! They are a very sweet, thin cookie with a mild butterscotch flavor. If you are really, really into butterscotch and want an intense flavor, you can add a little butterscotch flavoring and it won’t hurt my feelings at all.

They’re good just sprinkled with coarse sugar before baking, but even better with a Buttershots glaze!

The garden is out of control (and so is the house) and with company coming soon I don’t have much time for blogging, so I’m going to keep this short and sweet and just go right to the recipe:

Buttershots Crisps
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Ingredients
  • 1 cup butter, slightly softened
  • 2 cups dark brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • ¼ cup Buttershots liqueur
  • 3 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • GLAZE:
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • pinch of salt
  • ½ teaspoon dry egg whites (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons Buttershots liqueur
Instructions
  1. Cream butter and brown sugar well.
  2. Add egg and Buttershots. Mix thoroughly.
  3. Add flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt and mix until combined.
  4. Wrap dough in plastic and chill for at least an hour.
  5. Heat oven to 350 F.
  6. Working with half the dough at a time, and keeping the rest refrigerated, roll dough very thin (about ⅛-inch) on generously floured surface.
  7. Cut out shapes and place on baking sheet, about 1 inch apart.
  8. Bake for 9 to 10 minutes, or until the cookies are a rich golden brown. Allow the cookie sheet to sit on a rack for a minute or two and then move the cookies to a cooling rack.
  9. While the cookies are completely cool, prepare glaze:
  10. Sift together the powdered sugar, salt, and powdered egg whites (the egg whites will help make the glaze firm) and place in a small bowl.
  11. Add the Buttershots and mix together well.
  12. Spread over cooled cookies with a knife or pastry brush, or drizzle over the cookies using a zipper bag with the tip cut off.
  13. Allow the glaze to dry and then put the cookies in an airtight container.

 

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Roll them out nice and thin and place on baking sheet. (In this picture I’d sprinkled them with coarse sugar, but the glaze is much better!)

Bake them to a nice, rich, crispy brown.

Bake them to a nice, rich, crispy brown.

Mix up some glaze.

Mix up some glaze.

To apply the glaze, left to right, knife, pastry brush, ziploc bag.

To apply the glaze, left to right, knife, pastry brush, ziploc bag.

I adore crunchy cookies, but if you prefer them chewy, you can roll the dough out thicker OR give them a little shorter cook time, OR leave them out overnight, lightly covered. Just don’t blame me if you try to dunk them and end up with cookie sludge in the bottom of your coffee!

S’mores Soufflé

Eating the toasty marshmallow first!

Eating the toasty marshmallow first!

I’ve been on a soufflé binge lately, which is funny because until a couple of weeks ago I’d never even eaten a soufflé, and had never considered baking one! But for some reason I had my heart set on making them the focus of my monthly “Food for Thought” column in Yummy Northwest, and fell in love. (I was going to add a simple French phrase here, telling you how MUCH I love them, but Google confused me. Je les aime? Je les adore? That is why I took good old no-nonsense Spanish in school!)

Making soufflés was so much easier than I expected, and the best part of experimenting with them is you have to eat them right away!  All of them, because they don’t last long without collapsing. When there are only two people in the household, this means gorging on warm chocolate fluffiness so they don’t go to waste. Yep, I’ve been a complete martyr to the cause. You’re welcome.

My concept of S’mores Soufflés worked perfectly – they turned out great and tasted just the way I imagined them. But…the pictures I took weren’t as cooperative. The chocolate soufflés look like they have an egg baked into them. Please look past this – because that is actually a toasty marshmallow. The great thing about this recipe is, when the marshmallow looks perfectly toasted, the soufflé should be ready too.

But wait, there’s more! These soufflés don’t deflate right away like most of them do. I had two taste testers this time. I dragged invited one of my husband’s friends into the kitchen as a guinea pig and did my usual grab-the-hot ramekins-and-scurry-to-the-table-where-the-plate-and-spoon-were-ready-for-action routine, waiting for the inevitable collapse, and it never happened! Two hours later I checked the remaining ramekins, and the brave little soufflés still held their own – not quite as tall and proud, but still attractive.

For my S’mores Soufflé, I took my recipe for Chocolate Mocha Soufflé (for three yummy soufflé recipes, click on this link: Yummy Northwest) and added crushed graham crackers in the bottom of the ramekin and a marshmallow in the center. I also added a little cornstarch to the hot mixture to stabilize it a bit so the marshmallow wouldn’t just melt into oblivion. Here’s the recipe:

 

S'mores Soufflé
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Makes 8 servings, using 10-ounce ramekins.
Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons softened butter
  • 6 double graham crackers, finely crushed
  • 5 ounces good quality dark chocolate, chopped
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • ⅓ cup flour
  • 1 tablespoon instant espresso powder
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1½ cups half & half
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3 egg yolks, at room temperature
  • 8 egg whites, at room temperature
  • ¼ teaspoon cream of tartar
  • Pinch of salt
  • 8 large marshmallows
Instructions
  1. Heat oven to 400 F with rack in the lowest position.
  2. Prepare eight 10-ounce ramekins by buttering them and dusting with crushed graham crackers. Sprinkle enough additional crumbs to thickly cover the bottom of the ramekins. Set aside.
  3. Place the chopped chocolate in a large bowl.
  4. In a medium sauce pan, combine the sugar, flour, espresso powder, cornstarch, and salt.
  5. Turn the burner to medium and slowly add the half & half, stirring constantly. Cook and stir until the mixture thickens and just begins to boil.
  6. Pour the hot mixture over the chopped chocolate in the bowl. Don't stir yet. Let it sit for 2-3 minutes until the chocolate is mostly melted, then stir gently to blend.
  7. Allow mixture to cool for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the vanilla and the egg yolks, stirring to combine.
  8. In a medium bowl, whip the egg whites, cream of tartar, and salt with an electric mixer until stiff peaks form. (For best results, make sure your bowl and beaters are very clean.)
  9. Fold the egg whites into the chocolate mixture in 3 parts, gently lifting from the bottom and turning mixture over the egg whites as you turn the bowl with each fold. A few wisps of egg white showing is fine, but don't leave any big blobs or the soufflé will cook unevenly.
  10. Spoon into the prepared dishes, filling approximately ¾ full. Put one large marshmallow in the middle of each ramekin, pressing down until it just touches the bottom.
  11. Place the ramekins on a baking sheet and put in the oven.
  12. Immediately turn the temperature down to 375 F. Bake for about 15 minutes. The marshmallows should be a deep golden brown.
  13. Serve immediately!

My only words of wisdom are these:

  • Use squeaky clean utensils, and whip the room temperature egg whites until they’re stiff and a little glossy.
  • Use a light hand when folding the egg whites into the base mixture.
  • Preheat the oven well, and don’t open the oven door while the soufflés are baking.
  • And unless you have a few people ready and waiting to eat them, you might want to fill some of the ramekins, cover them tightly, and put them in the freezer; they can go right into the oven whenever you want a quick dessert!

 

Coating the buttered ramekin with crushed graham crackers.

Coating the buttered ramekin with crushed graham crackers.

Pouring hot mixture over chopped chocolate.

Pouring hot mixture over chopped chocolate.

Whip the egg whites until they stand at attention!

Whip the egg whites until they stand at attention!

Ready to bake.

Ready to bake.

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Don’t let these little delights intimidate you! Once you let a bite of soufflé melt in your mouth, you’ll be a believer. I already have two holiday soufflé ideas spinning around in my head, and you can be sure they’ll demand to be tested this fall.
Until then, bises a tous!

Cheesy Hamburger Buns

It may be considered un-American, but hamburgers just aren’t something I lust after. However, sweeten the pot with homemade cheesy hamburger buns and throw in an all-American holiday like Independence Day, and I can wave my flag and chow down a deluxe burger like everyone else!

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Cheesy Hamburger Buns
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Makes approximately 18 hamburger buns.
Ingredients
  • 2¼ cups warm water
  • 1 tablespoon active dry yeast
  • ⅓ cup sugar
  • ⅓ cup butter
  • ⅓ cup powdered nondairy creamer
  • 1¼ teaspoons salt
  • 1 egg
  • 6-7 cups bread flour
  • 2 cups grated extra sharp cheddar cheese, divided
  • Egg wash (1 egg, mixed well with 1 tablespoon water)
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl, sprinkle the yeast into the warm water and let it sit for 5 minutes.
  2. Add the sugar, butter, creamer, salt, egg, and 5 cups of the flour. Beat until smooth.
  3. Slowly add just enough remaining flour to form a soft dough that pulls away from the side of the bowl.
  4. Knead on a floured surface until smooth and elastic, about 6-8 minutes. (Or, if using a stand mixer, knead with a dough hook for approximately 5 minutes.)
  5. Add 1½ cups of the shredded cheese to the dough and mix until combined.
  6. Place dough in a greased bowl, turning once to coat. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled. Punch down.
  7. Working with half of the dough at a time, roll the dough out fairly thin - somewhere between ¼-inch and ½-inch.
  8. Cut the buns using a large round cutter, floured well. Make sure the cutter is a little bigger than the size you want, because the dough is elastic, and the shapes will shrink back a bit after you cut them.
  9. Set each shape on a cookie sheet, at least 1" apart. Cover with a clean towel and let rise until they're almost doubled - about an hour.
  10. Heat oven to 375 F.
  11. Brush the buns with egg wash and sprinkle with the remaining cheddar cheese. Bake until light golden brown - about 12 minutes.
  12. Cool on a rack. Slice and serve!

If the recipe looks familiar, that’s because I used my Perfect Dinner Rolls recipe as a base, and added an egg and some extra sharp cheddar cheese. Oh, and I cut the dough out instead of shaping it. And gave it an egg wash with a sprinkle of cheese. Other than that, it’s just the same!

The ingredient that I hate to use in this recipe is powdered non-dairy creamer (I try not to look at the ingredient label) but believe me, it really does make a difference. It acts as a dough conditioner and makes a very soft, light bun.

Cutting out the hamburgers. I used a 3 1/2" cutter - 4" would have been better.

Cutting out the hamburgers. I used a 3 1/2″ cutter – 4″ would have been better.

I was a little more generous with the cheese when I topped the buns; it’s my favorite part – crispy and a little tangy. You may want to experiment with other flavorful cheeses like romano, asiago, or parmesan. Sprinkle on a little garlic or onion powder if you wish. They’re your buns – gussy them up however you like! And if someone tells you you have nice buns, just smile…because it’s true!


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