It was shortly after dinner last night that Victor said I should make some bread dough so we could have homemade burger buns today.  I like the way his mind works.

I made a batch of no-knead dough.  Mother Nature’s proofing box is working overtime right now.  The only thing good about this weather we’re having is it makes for some perfect dough-proofing.  It really is just like putting it into a steam box.


Three hours outside last night, overnight in the ‘fridge, and then shaped and formed and outside again for an hour made for the most perfect buns.  They were extremely light, the crust properly chewy… (I actually brushed them with a bit of butter when they came out of the oven to help soften them a bit).  And slightly oversized – important when you look at all the things we tend to put on them!

From the top down:

  • bun
  • mayonnaise
  • ketchup
  • mustard
  • sliced pickles
  • sliced tomatoes
  • fried hot peppers
  • asiago cheese
  • burger
  • lettuce
  • ketchup
  • mayonnaise
  • bun

It was a total mess to eat.  I had juice and mayo and lord knows what running down my arms.  I’d take a bite and stuff would just ooze everywhere.

The perfect burger!

I made a really small batch of potato salad to go along with it.

Cheese Burger in Paradise, indeed!  Jimmy…  Eat your heart out!