Dan and I have been trying to eat healthy. But if you ask him I’m trying to slowly kill him because I took away most of his red meat and replaced it with chicken. He is a huge fan of Fuddruckers and there closest one is an hour away. Needless to say we don’t get out there very often. Since Dan has been working so hard on the bathroom, I decided to give Dan a treat by making him hamburgers. I attempted to make Dan a Fuddruckers replica hamburger. I Googled a bunch of recipes and found one.

I attempted to make this in my bread machine. That was a bad idea, the ingredients didn’t mix completely and didn’t exactly rise as it should have, but in the end they turned out pretty good. Even if you don’t use these as hamburger buns, warm these puppies up and put some jelly on them…nom nom nom.

Below is the recipe…I suggest you follow the recipe instructions and don’t pull a me…

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Fuddruckers Hamburger Buns

2 cups whole milk 1/4 cup warm water (105-115°F)
2 (1/4-oz) packages active dry yeast
1/4 cup plus 1/2 tsp sugar, divided
1/2 stick unsalted butter, cut into Tbsp pieces and softened
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
1 Tbsp salt
6 cups all-purpose flour, divided
1 large egg mixed with 1 Tbsp water for egg wash

Steps

Bring milk to a bare simmer in a small saucepan over medium heat. Remove from heat and cool to 105 to 115°F.

Meanwhile, stir together warm water, yeast, and 1/2 tsp sugar in mixer bowl until yeast has dissolved. Let stand until foamy, about 5 minutes. (If mixture doesn’t foam, start over with new yeast.)

Add butter, warm milk, and remaining 1/4 cup sugar to yeast mixture and mix with paddle attachment at low speed until butter has melted, then mix in eggs until combined well. Add salt and 4 cups flour and mix, scraping down side of bowl as necessary, until flour is incorporated. Beat at medium speed 1 minute.

Switch to dough hook and beat in remaining 2 cups flour at medium speed until dough pulls away from side of bowl, about 2 minutes; if necessary, add more flour, 1 Tbsp at a time. Beat 5 minutes more. (Dough will be sticky.)

Transfer dough to a lightly oiled large bowl and turn to coat. Cover tightly with plastic wrap and let rise in a warm draft-free place until doubled, about 2 1/2 hours.

Butter 2 large baking sheets. Punch down dough, then roll out on a lightly floured surface with a floured rolling pin into a 14-inch round (about 1/2 inch thick). Cut out as many rounds as possible with floured cutter and arrange 3 inches apart on baking sheets. Gather and reroll scraps, then cut out more rounds.

Loosely cover buns with oiled plastic wrap and let rise in a draft-free place at warm room temperature until they hold a finger mark when gently poked, 1 1/2 to 2 hours.

IMG_1997 Preheat oven to 375°F with racks in upper and lower thirds.

Brush buns with egg wash and bake, switching position of sheets halfway through baking, until tops are golden and undersides are golden brown and sound hollow when tapped, 14 to 20 minutes. Transfer to racks to cool completely.

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Cooks’ notes:
•If you don’t have a stand mixer, stir ingredients together in same sequence with a wooden spoon until a dough forms. Knead dough on a floured surface, incorporating just enough flour to keep dough from sticking, until smooth and elastic, 7 to 8 minutes.
•Buns can be frozen, wrapped well, up to 1 month.

Mind you they didn’t taste EXACTLY like Fuddruckers buns, but they were still fun to make. These make a great base for our hamburgers and let the taste of the burgers and topping come out a lot more than normal.  I think I will keep this in my recipes and will be following the instructions better next time. I hope you enjoy and happy Monday.

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