Saturday, September 10, 2011

Cornmeal Burger Buns + Party Food for Girls

From the kitchen of One Perfect Bite...Earlier in the week, I alluded to being up to my elbows in bread dough. A double recipe of these burger buns was the culprit. Our neighborhood block party was last weekend and I was asked to make my Ultimate Cheater's Pulled Pork for the occasion. The pork is a crock-pot recipe and requires almost no work to make, so I decided to pair it with homemade burger buns that I had been wanting to test. The rolls contained cornmeal and I thought they would be a perfect foil for the smoky flavor of the pork butt. I have some good news and some bad news to report regarding the buns. On the upside, they are delicious, particularly with barbecue type fillings, however, the downside is that the dough used to make them is an absolute bear to work with. The proportion of liquid to dry ingredients given in the original recipe is way out of whack and produced a sticky mass that is most kindly described as a hot mess. I had to increase the amount of flour I used by almost 2 cups to produce a soft dough that could be kneaded. It was frustrating. If you make a lot of bread, I hope you'll give this recipe a try. If you are a new bread maker, run for the hills. This is not a recipe for beginners. While I loved the flavor of these buns, I'll not be making them again. The next time I need burger buns, I'll throw a half cup of cornmeal into the proven recipe for Moomie buns and see what happens.

Cornmeal Burger Buns...from the kitchen of One Perfect Bite

2 cups milk
1/2 cup butter, cubed
1/2 cup yellow cornmeal
1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon salt
4-1/2 teaspoons active dry yeast
1/2 cup warm water
4-3/4 to 5-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
5 to 6-1/2 cups all-purpose flour (I used 6 cups of flour)
3 eggs


1) Combine milk, butter, cornmeal, sugar and salt in a saucepan. Cook and stir until butter is melted. Cool to about 110 to 115 degrees F.
2) In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Add 3 cups flour and milk mixture; beat until blended. Add eggs; beat until smooth. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a soft dough (dough will be slightly sticky). Turn onto a heavily floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about 6-8 minutes. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.
2) Punch dough down; turn onto a lightly floured surface. Divide into four portions; divide each portion into six pieces. With lightly floured hands, shape into buns. Place on greased baking sheets. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 40 minutes.
3) Meanwhile, preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Bake for 18-22 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from pans to wire racks to cool. Yield: 2 dozen buns.

Party Food For Girls was written by Arantxa Zecchini with some help from her mother, Alessandra who has been a good friend to me and One Perfect Bite. The book has just been published and a copy of it will be given away on her mother's blog, Alessandra Zecchini, which you can find here. Stop by and leave a comment for the opportunity to win a copy of this lovely book.

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Ginny Hartzler said...

These buns are gorgeous, I can almost smell them from here.


Thanks for the warning . . . I am running for the hills.


Pondside said...

The buns look really good, but it's not likely that I'll be making them, so I won't head for the hills!

mia xara said...

Lovely recipe,Mary,I don't believe they would make it to host any burgers with me and my family..Any kind of bread is meant to be gobbled with butter,upon its exit from my oven..LOL

Silvia said...

Cuantísima receta rica y vistosa. Me llevo todo ;D


Katarina said...

What a nice recipe and they look really delicious!

Priya Suresh said...

Pretty and prefecly done burger buns..

Becky said...

Delicious looking buns, that I'm sure that went well with the pork, but I'm running for the hills!!!

Nisrine said...

I don't think I've ever had cornmeal buns. I'm loving the idea.

Rita said...

I caN just imagine how good this is with the cormeal.

Kim said...

I really like these buns. Plus, with pulled pork (or cheater pulled pork), these would be very nice. I keep this recipe for my next batch of homemade bread!

Anonymous said...

Yum! These cornmeal buns look delicious. I'm making them this weekend!

lena said...

i think i will be scratching my head and frustrating too to end up with extra 2 cups of flour, that's a lot! But they still look really good here!

JasmyneTea said...

A shame they gave you such trouble, but they look amazing regardless!

Sue/the view from great island said...

These burger buns look so spectacular, I'm sorry to hear they're not for beginners. I just don't understand it when a recipe can be that far off in quantities. How does that happen? Well, I'm sure everyone at the block party enjoyed these, they looks good all by themselves.

Karen said...

Wow, these are the most perfect burger buns ever! They look so delicious. Have a wonderful weekend!

The Crow said...

I noticed you at The Shebeen and followed you back here.

I was wondering if the addition of more cornmeal to the recipe, in place of some of the additional flour, might have made a difference? Since cornmeal absorbs liquids, might it have made the dough more workable?

I'm glad to have found your blog, and will add my name to your followers.

Anonymous said...

They look SOOOOO good but I'm intimidated by bread making so I'm going to admire from afar!

That Girl said...

I feel like we never have a burger buns for spur of the moment burgers! I would put the second batch in the freezer for that occasion!

Spoon and Chopsticks said...

Your buns look perfectly done. They look delicious.

DolceDreams said...

What a gorgeous blog you have here...I will be visiting often! Thank you so much for stopping by, and for your inspiring comments, they mean alot :)
p.s. your buns look divine!

Nippon Nin said...

Mary, This is nice! I'm sure my husband will make for me soon. He loves making bread. I love that way you programed to show what you made a year ago so on.

Thank you very much for visiting my site and kind comment.

Melinda said...

They do yummy--but I'll take your suggestion!


sally said...

These do sound like a challenge! They look so good though!

Sally - My Custard Pie said...

I really appreciated learning from other people's experience. I haven't baked bread with cornmeal very often so I'll beware. I don't tend to hand knead wet doughs leaving the strain to the dough hook instead. It works for me. Beautiful photography and lovely blog you have here.

Monet said...

I hate it when dough recipes are out of proportion. It looks like you were able to make it work though! These do look tasty! Thanks for sharing, my friend. I hope you are doing well and enjoying your weekend. I'm eating graham crackers and about to go to sleep. Perfect in my book! Much love.

Alessandra said...

Ciao Mary, so nice of you to write this about the book :-).


My Little Space said...

The buns look marvelous adn perfectly shape as well. Am copying it down right now. Thanks for sharing another great buns recipe.

Lauren Hairston said...

What lovely burger buns! I've never attempted making them at home.

Anonymous said...

They look so delicious - what a shame they're such a nightmare to work with! I find hot cross bun dough horrid to work with too...but it's worth it in the end. Might give these a go if I'm feeling brave one weekend...

Joanne said...

I've always thought that pulled pork and cornmeal should go together in some way, and now you've gone and done it with these delicious rolls!

Regina said...

It's a lovely recipe. Now, I can change up my party menu a bit. Thanks!

SUSANNA said...

Hola Mary guapa tu

Com sempre ens sorprens amb receptes delicioses, anoto la teva proposta d´avui, moltes gràcies per compartir

mil petonets Susanna

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