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7.23.2008

Burgers Transformed With Rose Levy Beranbaums Golden Burger Buns



For the past few months on the blogospehere I have seen a trend in making your own hamburger buns. I immediately thought what a brilliant idea. Breads intimidate me. I have no fear of yeast, like a lot of people, but I want to perfect and master it. Breads for me are either hit or miss. This my friends was a hit. If you don't know her, Rose Levey Beranbaum is the well known author of The Cake Bible, The Bread Bible, and some other great titles.Her approach is very scientific but she comes off as approachable and likable.She has a great blog where I got this recipe for hamburger buns made with Sweet potato. Rose calls them Golden Burger Buns.Sweet Potatoes have been popping up in my CSA box lately and other than bake them I wanted to find some more uses.I don't like to candy and sweeten them all up. I also made a little promise to myself and Certain Someone I would bake more breads. He would much prefer that then cake. In the kitchen at the caterers I have shaped and baked some dinner rolls and its piqued my curiosity. The bad memories of the Daring Bakers making Julia Child's french bread has faded into the distance. In my preoccupation with other matters I didn't follow the recipe as written, but it all worked. I retarded(let dough rise in the refrigerator) the first 2 risings because I started at night, and had to go to work the next day. After work I shaped them , let rise the final time and baked. Because I didn't have sesame seeds I used some fried garlic I got in China town to top the buns. The garlic smell as they baked was heavenly and I prayed it wouldn't burn. I quickly fired up a burger and just adorned it with my German curry ketchup, and Dijon mustard. I didn't even let the buns cool thoroughly in my haste. Most times its the burger and the fixing you remember. This burger was all about the bun. So soft and delicious. I will be making these again and again.

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32 comments:

Proud Italian Cook said...

Now that sounds unique and delicious!! Sweet potato hamburger buns, and curry ketchup! I would have loved a taste.

Certain Someone said...

did you have to make these burgers when I have to work late and eat at the office?

sniff...

CS

[eatingclub] vancouver || js said...

What an interesting bun! Sweet potato hamburger buns: it's like having your burger and french fry too. A sweet-ish fry, of course. Curry ketchup just puts this burger over the top.

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Those burgers look very good! Nothing can beat homemade bread/burgers! Now, I'm drooling...

Cheers,

Rosa

Cakespy said...

Wow, those look like they MADE the burgers! Wonderful!

Ivy said...

You are right, I have seen a few recipes with hamburger buns lately and if it wasn't too hot, I would really love to make some, not that I am afraid of yeast or the heat but I get a little lazy during summer. Unfortunately sweet potato is not something I can find easily. I also liked that garlic topping, I can imagine that smell, yummy. BTW, thanks for visiting. I added you to my blogroll.

Peter M said...

Girl, it's true...a good bun will make or break the hamburger...these sound refreshing good and I'm diggin' these ketchups...product info please!

joanne at frutto della passione said...

I love that you topped the buns with fried garlic. Buns that good could be filled with just about anything!

Swati: Sugarcraft India said...

Lovely buns Glamah.. the fried garlic looks great..
I have Roses's Cake Bible.. Have you tried any of her cakes?

~~Louise~~ said...

Great looking buns Glamah! Perhaps, one day I will get past my fear of bread baking. I like your personal touches too, they're so...Glamah...

Darius T. Williams said...

Ooooorrrrr,

You could just go to Dominick's and pick up some buns for a dollar - lol.

Good job though, I'd love to taste those buns!

Mary said...

Yummy! I'm going to have to make those buns!
And I've actually had curry ketchup before at the pommes frites restaurant in Manhattan. It's out of this world!

Dhanggit said...

oh my goodness..i do make home-made burger buns too but not with this toasted garlic..hmmm im sure its ten times delicious!!i love also the idea of curry catsup !

nyc/caribbean ragazza said...

I'm speechless. You are a woman of many talents.

I have never made bread. Maybe I should add that to the list of things to try on 08/09

Jeanne said...

Oh WOW! I can actually almost smell these babies. Very impressed that you got as far as making your own hamburger bins - I feel proud when I get as far as making the patty :o) But it certainyl sounds as if they were worth it. And love the German curry ketchup - is that what they serve with currywurst? I was soooo dubious when I tried it the first time but it's actualyl really good!

Btw, if you want another non-sweet idea for sweet potatoes, I do them as a bake (like a potato bake) with cream and brown onion soup - the recipe's somewhere on my blog if you'd like it.

Jen of A2eatwrite said...

Those sound soooooo good, Courtney! Just lovely!

Nikki Miller-Ka said...

Sweet potato buns! Totally going on my list! I always have at least one sweet potato on hand at all times.

Bren@Flanboyant Eats said...

ur so fufu shi shi!! :)

so cute, I love them..

Dagmar - A Cat in the Kitchen said...

These sound wonderful. We were having burgers the other day and as we were eating we agreed that I would bake my own hamburger buns next time.

Emiline said...

Ahh! Certain Someone commented! He's like a celebrity.

Your buns look great! I LOVE sweet potatoes.
I've never seen fried garlic like that before.

marye said...

YUM! those look great....

Gabi said...

Those look great- I make sweet potato dinner rolls and crescents now and then but I hadn't thought of using them for hamburger buns.

Gigi said...

Great idea on using sweet potatoes for the buns. There's nothing like warm bread fresh out of the oven!

giz said...

I too have noticed this home made hamburger bun trend of late. Yours look incredible and I'll just bed the taste of the sweet potato was pretty special.

Luca and Sabrina said...

Home-made bread..... what a wonderful thing! We have never tried this emotion! You said you were intimidated thinking about breads, well we feel the same!
Many compliments for your sweet potato buns, we guess they're tasty and yummy....
How are you, dear Courtney? We hope you're fine... that's all that matters, at the end of the day!
A big and sweet hug!
Sabrina&Luca

Susan said...

I'm afraid time prevents me from joining the trend for the moment, but MY how golden they truly are! It would be hard to go back to squishy white buns after these.

I swear by Beranbaum's books, too. They always work, a nice mix of art and science, but no 'tude.

Megan said...

Girl, you got some nice buns! :)

Paz said...

Making your own hamburger bun? Very cool. I like how you substituted the sesame seeds with fried garlic.

Paz

LisaRene said...

Homemade hamburger buns, how extravagant! I imagine they were absolutely delicious. The fried garlic was a very nice touch!

JennDZ - The Leftover Queen said...

Yum, curry ketchup on burgers on sweet potato buns - this sounds like total heaven!

Deborah said...

The fried garlic on top is brilliant! I have an addiction to sweet potatoes, but I usually just make them into fries in the oven. I want to try this one out!

kellypea said...

I tell you, even though that looks amazing, there is NO WAY I'm making hamburger buns. I have to draw the line somewhere. ;)