I was talking to my friend Kelly this morning and I told her that I put a beef chuck roast in the crock pot early this morning. I said I would like to use it for barbeque beef sandwiches but I didn’t have any hamburger buns. Then it hit me. I have a $300.00 Zojirushi bread machine sitting on my kitchen counter! I can make hamburger buns. When searching for a recipe I came back to my favorite baking site, King Arthur Flour. I found this recipe for hamburger buns, cut it in half and started the dough in the bread machine. I used the ingredients exactly as written just made the dough in the bread machine. I don’t have a bun pan so I improvised. Two of the rolls got their final rise in silicone rings made to cook eggs in to keep them round. I only had two of these so I made little aluminum foil skirts for the other four. These worked great.
I didn’t have regular sesame seeds but I had black sesame seeds and poppy seeds so I used those. After the last rise, I applied and egg white wash with a fine pastry brush then sprinkled the seeds on top. I removed the foil rings about five minutes before the end of the baking time to brown the sides. They baked beautifully. Michael remarked that were substantial enough to stand up to a messy sandwich filling without getting soggy or falling apart. I agree.
The barbeque beef was easy. I cooked the beef chuck all day in the crock pot then took it out, cooled it a bit and shredded the meat. I seasoned it with salt and pepper and returned it to the juice to keep warm and moist until serving time. I removed enough for two servings, stirred in some Sweet Baby Ray BBQ sauce, piled it on a toasted bun, added mayo to Michael’s and pickled jalapenos to mine. Divine!