More Perfect Buns, Now With Sesame Seeds

Wanted to make another batch of these yummy buns.  And since they only needed three tablespoons of butter, I used my very expensive imported French butter.

And it made a big difference. This batch was flakier and the flavor was richer. I’m terribly spoiled now. Luckily, not a lot of butter is consumed in this house. So I will not need to take out “butter loans.”


French Butter – Magnifique!

Today I purchased a block of butter imported from France. And now I know why I cannot recreate the wonderful pastries I had in Paris. Because unless you use this VERY expensive butter, you’re missing the flavor of this VERY expensive butter. It is definitely the secret ingredient.

For now, I’ll just enjoy this on a slice of bread. Yum.


Childhood Memories: Charleston Chew

One of the treats of being a military brat: traveling around the country and getting to indulge in regional foods that were not available in other areas (yes, I’m that old, shut up).

Charleston Chews were a New England treat for many years. Best enjoyed frozen and broken into pieces. I was at the store the other day, and these were at the checkout stand. They went immediately into my freezer. They are as “tasty” as they were when I was a kid. Meaning, overly sweet, barely chocolate-covered nougat.  But full of memories.

Other foods only available regionally when I was a kid: Mountain Dew, marshmallow fluff, Mexican food, Greek food, corn nuts…I’m sure I’m forgetting a bunch. It was fun being able to say, “what, you’ve never had that?”


JeffreyW’s Perfect Buns

JeffreyW’s yummy buns.

Last week JeffreyW posted the link to these buns. I was snowed in (looks out window) much like today, so I thought it would be a good day to try out the recipe. I am so glad I did. These really are the best hamburger buns I’ve ever made.

In recent years, I always bake by weight, not volume. It has made all the difference in my breads. I did not make any adaptations for high altitude for this recipe, but I did follow King Arthurs’ advice on water/flour consistency.

I only made two changes – I cut the sugar down to 2 tsp* and increased the salt to 1-1/2 tsp. Other than that, the recipe seems foolproof. I may make again today.

King Arthur Beautiful Burger Buns

  • 3/4 to 1 cup (170g to 227g) lukewarm water
  • 2 tablespoons (28g) butter, at room temperature
  • 1 large egg
  • 3 1/2 cups (418g) King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour**
  • 1/4 cup (50g) sugar
  • 1 -1/4 teaspoons salt
  • 1 tablespoon instant yeast
  • butter or egg white for brushing on the surface
  • sesame seeds (optional)

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Sunday Pot Roast: Instant Pot and Slow-Cooker Recipes

Sunday Pot Roast In my quest to update some of my older recipes for Instant Pot style cooking, here is one of my favorites. I love being able to set this up and an hour and a half later have a perfectly cooked pot roast – tender and flavorful – along with all the sides.

Sunday Pot Roast

  • 4 lbs Pot Roast (chuck roast)
  • ¼  cup good whiskey (or red wine)
  • ¼ cup beef broth or water (more if needed)
  • 1 tsp rosemary
  • 2 bay leaves (remove before serving)
  • ½ tsp salt & pepper
  • 1 large onion, quartered
  • 6 medium potatoes, quartered
  • 1 lb bag baby carrots

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Bixby, Ducks, and A Few Updates

We had a very windy week. Like batten down the hatches and tie down the ducks week. Somehow a basketball ended up in our yard. While all the neighbor kids know to come ring the doorbell if their ball goes in my backyard, this one could have come from anywhere. So I let Bixby keep it. He’ll puncture it in no time and then it will become a tug toy for Scout and him.

Everything becomes a tug toy for them. Tree branch falls? Excellent, let’s strip down to a single stick and PLAY TUG! with it. Soccer ball? Let’s deflate it and then PLAY TUG! with it. Piece of trash in the yard? PLAY TUG! This is why I buy inexpensive bath towels, tie a knot in the middle and toss them in the yard and in their indoor toy box. Instant cheap and easy to replace tug toy.

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