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Help a non-baker make a giant (9'') hamburger bun?


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Help a non-baker make a giant (9'') hamburger bun?

The Dairy Queen | | Jul 16, 2014 04:48 AM

So there's this super cute kids book called "How Do You Feed a Hungry Giant" http://www.workman.com/products/97807.... It comes with a cookbook with recipes for giant foods that feed "one giant or 8 hungry kids." Recipes included are for a pizza-sized cookie, jumbo fries (baked sweet potato wedges), huge cheese crackers, a mountain of pasta (mac and cheese baked in a tube pan, then turned upside down so it looks like a mountain), broccolini "trees" with cheese sauce, and a ginormous muffin (baked in an 8-inch cake-pan. )

The booklet includes a recipe for a giant hamburger (1 1/2 lbs of ground beef or turkey baked in 9 inch pie plate) which suggests you just a buy a round of sourdough bread for the bun. That seems like leaving too much to chance. Plus, I worry about the bun being too chewy or a bad ratio of too much of bread to burger.

I'm throwing a "How to feed a hungry giant" party and would like to serve the burger, the cookie, the jumbo fries, and the broccolini "trees" with cheese sauce, the cheese crackers (cut with a fish cookie cutter so they looked like huge goldfish crackers). Maybe the mountain of mac & cheese. But I'd like to make my own hamburger bun.

I've done a lot of googling and found a woman on The Fresh Loaf who baked her own bun using Reinhart's Italian Bread recipe from Bread Baking Apprentice, but she doesn't give weights, baking times, or explain how she got that lovely twisty pattern on top of the bun.


She says, "I tried several different weights of dough to get the appropriate size/height for the buns. I applied an egg wash and seaseme seads. To form the buns, I used 9 inch cake rings. I baked them on a stone inside the ring. The cake rings do not have bottoms and are 1-1/2 inches tall."

I think I found Reinhart's Italian Bread recipe here on Smitten Kitchen, but, wow, it sounds a little advanced for me: http://smittenkitchen.com/blog/2007/0...

If it were you, how would you go about this? Either following in the footsteps of the gal on The Fresh Loaf who did it OR using a totally new approach?

Thank you!


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