Jalapeno Cheddar Hamburger Buns

Guys, I just discovered that my Cuisinart bread maker has a “dough” mode. A dough mode! An entire mode dedicated solely to mixing ingredients and kneading it into a perfectly smooth, elastic round of dough! Do you know how exciting this is??? This is going to absolutely revolutionize my bread making.

Putting aside the fact that this is my first time successfully making hamburger buns, these are some of the best buns I’ve ever tasted. Firm and smooth on the outside, fluffy and moist on the inside, just the right amount of chew, and sturdy enough to handle the huge patties, bacon, and grated cheese we piled on top. The cheese in the dough disappeared into the baked bread, but there was a hint of cheddar in every bite. And while the peppers weren’t spicy enough to add much heat, they provided a nice green crunch that cut through the greasy bacon and greasy cheese on our burgers. I will definitely be making these again, and soon!

Jalapeno Cheddar Hamburger Buns
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Ingredients
  • 1 package (2¼ tsp) yeast
  • 1 cup lukewarm water
  • 2 Tbsp oil (vegetable, canola, or olive -- I used garlic-infused olive oil)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3 Tbsp sugar
  • 3¼ cups flour
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 1 packed cup cheddar cheese, grated
  • 2 large jalapenos, seeded and chopped
Directions
  1. Add warm water to the bowl of your mixer or bread maker and sprinkle the yeast over top. Let sit 10 minutes, until frothy.
  2. Add the, oil, 1 egg, and sugar to the bowl.
  3. Add the flour, salt, cheese, and peppers and mix on medium-low speed with the hook until the dough holds together, about 2 minutes. Increase speed to medium and knead the dough for 5 minutes. (If you have a bread-maker, just set it to "dough" mode and press Start. My machine's dough mode is automatically set to 1hr 30 min to allow for the first rise, but I removed my dough after the kneading stage, about 15 mins).
  4. Transfer the dough to a large bowl that has been lightly greased with oil.
  5. Cover it with a damp towel and let rise in a warm place until doubled in bulk, 1-1½ hours.
  6. Line a baking sheet with parchment.
  7. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface.
  8. Divide the dough in half and then cut each half into 4 pieces. (I just used a sharp knife to cut my dough into pieces.)
  9. Roll each piece of dough into rounds and flatten with the palm of your hand onto the baking sheet; placing buns about ½-1 inch apart.
  10. Cover buns with a damp towel and let them rise for another 20 minutes + oven preheating time.
  11. Preheat oven to 350.
  12. Whisk the remaining egg with 1 tbsp water to form an egg wash.
  13. Brush the buns with the egg wash and bake for 20 minutes, until golden brown.
  14. Let cool 10 minutes before slicing and serving.
  15. Enjoy with hamburger recipe of choice. (The burgers pictured above are turkey burgers with raw onion, grated cheddar, and baked bacon.)

(Adapted from Confections of a Food Bride)

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