Sunday, January 14, 2007

smiling quietly to myself

Last week was spent feeling somewhat tired and flu-ish but I did manage to squeeze in a little baking time and made these.

Every time I make these little guys I have to smile a bit because the official name of the recipe is Tasty Buns . I keep picturing John Wayne or some other cowboy-type person swaggering into my kitchen, trying one and saying, "You've got yourself some mighty tasty buns there, m'am." Yes, I do have a strange sense of humour.

Anyway, as well as being very tasty indeed, these buns are dead easy to make and have had rave reviews at Allrecipes, a great resource if you're looking for new things to try. Instructions are given for the "by hand" method, however I just throw all the ingredients into my bread machine and the dough comes out perfectly, ready to be shaped into hamburger, hot dog, or whatever shaped buns you prefer. My kids love these buns so much that we've never even gotten to the stage of cutting one open (a bun, not a kid) and putting something inside. They like to gobble them up as-is fresh from the oven.

Other things that made me smile:

- I got to spend the better part of Friday in Hannover with my dear friend Ginnie who is in town once again. As usual, we had a lovely time and got caught up on All The Important Stuff.

- New Zealander Antipo, South African Wendz and American Pam, all expats in France, took the plunge and did Lesley's accent meme. Go take a listen. I bet it'll put a smile on your face, too.


At January 15, 2007 2:26 a.m., Blogger Signora B. said...

I must say ,those buns do look delicious.
Found your blog a few weeks ago and love your sense of humor.
I am a grandma ,living in Montana,taught myself how to work the computer,a digitalcamera and love reading blogs.
Oh ,yes I was born in Germany a long time ago.

At January 15, 2007 2:34 a.m., Anonymous Anonymous said...

Daydreaming of John Wayne while baking buns - I'm not really sure what to make of that :)

At January 15, 2007 6:20 a.m., Blogger Expat Traveler said...

being so hungry that I am at the moment, my stomach is now growling! Am I invited over for dinner some time soon. ;0)

At January 15, 2007 7:18 a.m., Blogger charlotte said...

I've sworn that this is the year I'm going to learn to bake bread, and this looks an easy way to start. They look delicious!

At January 15, 2007 7:51 a.m., Anonymous Anonymous said...

Those look... tasty!

At January 15, 2007 7:56 a.m., Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah yeah... you're always making the rest of us look bad! Hee heee! They do look yummy though!

At January 15, 2007 9:02 a.m., Blogger Antipodeesse said...

Oh Christina, we could be soulies! I have often fantasised about a cowboy tasting my buns.

You can have John Wayne in your fantasy and I'll have Heather Ledger and Jake G. in mine, okay?

Thanks for starting my Monday morning off on a very high note indeed!


At January 15, 2007 3:10 p.m., Anonymous Anonymous said...

You added those sesame seeds on your own? I am going to try these...the shop bought burger rolls here in France SUCK! Might as well eat cardboard.

I smiled at the insturction to heat everything to lukewarm in a microwave....doesn't anybody use their stove top these days? I don't have a microwave!! Mine packed up a few months ago and I haven't replaced it because I have gotten used to my stove again and I prefer it actually.

At January 15, 2007 3:52 p.m., Anonymous Anonymous said...

Recipe calls for 5 cups of flour. Yet it starts out with 2 in the by-hand method. HOW much do you use when you use the bread machine? Look good.



At January 15, 2007 5:52 p.m., Blogger CanadianSwiss said...

Mmmm. Fresh, tasty buns! The perfect start to a day, wouldn't you say so as well??

At January 16, 2007 2:55 a.m., Anonymous Anonymous said...

That's it, I'm gonna load the bread machine up tonight on timer and have that dough ready for breakfast tomorrow. Since I'm stuck inside (where having an ice storm) and I ran out of bread, this is perfect. thanks,ciao..:)

At January 16, 2007 5:04 a.m., Anonymous Anonymous said...

Perfect for dreary winter days! Thanks for the delicious link. ;-)

At January 16, 2007 6:34 a.m., Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh dear, you're such a good baker that you make me jealous. I'm just lazy... hopefully I'll get over it someday :) and bake more.

At January 16, 2007 10:21 a.m., Blogger Ginnie said...

I do hope you're feeling much better, dear Christina, especially after those tasty buns. Anyone who says NO to Italian gelato, as you did on Friday, has got to be much sicker than you were letting on!

When I found out it was gonna be sunny yesterday (and now, Tuesday, it's raining!), I went out for 6 hours and took almost 300 pics. That's what having sun will do for me after so many rainy days here in Hannover.

Carry on, my friend!

At January 16, 2007 10:39 a.m., Blogger The Big Finn said...

I'm always searching for hamburger buns that don't crumble when you bite into them. The store-bought buns around here are the WORST!

This could be the solution!

At January 16, 2007 2:30 p.m., Blogger christina said...

signora b - Thank you so much for stopping by! I'm also enjoying your blog very much. A whole world I know nothing about.

hexe - Did I say John Wayne? Forget that! I actually meant Own Wilson wearing nothing but a cowboy hat. :-)

Expat - We'll get you over here FOR SURE one of these days.

Charlotte - Yes, these are very easy. I think the first time I made them was pre-bread machine and they came out fine.

rubber ducky - Very, very tasty!

traveller one - Oh please, I happen to know that you're an accomplished cook yourself. :-)

Antipo - Oooh, Heather Ledger AND Jake G. having a nibble? That sounds like something for your naughty blog. ;-)

Wendz - I brushed them with a little egg white mixed with water and then sprinkled on the sesame seeds.

Lee - I halved the recipe, but, depending on the size of your bread machine, if you were going to make it as is, I'd throw in the whole 5 cups at once. I'll edit my post to give a bit more information.

CanSwiss - Nothing like the smell of freshly baked bread.

Rositta - Hope it works out for you and that the ice melts soon!

Thinbleanna - You're welcome. Allrecipes has a ton of great recipes.

lilian - I bake because I'm too lazy to do anything else. :-)

Ginnie - Whatever it was seems to have come back again this week so I'm laying low but I'll survive. Glad you got some sunshine after all. It's supposed to be a wet week.

TBF - Yeah, these are a little firmer than store bought buns and you can make them any size you like. The ones we get here aren't that bad, but whenever I got to buy some, they're out of stock which is REALLY annoying.

At January 16, 2007 6:40 p.m., Anonymous Anonymous said...

These look great! I am going to have to try them. My husband misses the tasty hot dog buns of old, so I might have to try to make them in to hot dog buns for him.

At January 24, 2007 2:37 p.m., Blogger Judy said...

Hi... visiting from Rositta's. I am going to have to try these buns. They look yummy!


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