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Freshly Homemade Hamburger Buns or Floury Baps were the technical challenge for Bread Week for the 2019 Great British Baking Show. It was a toss-up for us this week deciding what to set as our Bake-Along Challenge.
Tear and Share or Floury Baps?
First up we had the Signature Bake which was a Tear and Share. This is usually a type of bread loaf made in such a way that it can be taken somewhere and shared with friends or family. Each roll or piece is readily available for tearing off, hence Tear and Share.
This type of bake doesn’t really exist in the United States except in some cases like cinnamon rolls or orange rolls or things like that. I think we’re seriously missing out on a fine tradition of delish bread treats because we don’t have Tear and Shares.
What are Floury Baps?
In Britain a floury bap it refers to a type of soft roll for a meat sandwich, much like a soft hamburger bun. And indeed they are soft rolls, perfect for just about any kind of sandwich. Hot or cold sandwiches would be perfect on a Floury Bap.
Outrage Over Vegetarian Burgers
I do think a Tear and Share Challenge would have been a fun bake. But after reading up about the outrage caused by Paul Hollywood asking bakers to not only produce 8 Floury Baps but ALSO 4 vegetarian Burgers to go along with them, I knew we were doing Floury Baps.
NO VEGETARIAN BURGERS REQUIRED!
Why were people up in arms over the addition of 4 vegetarian burgers? I am not 100% sure on that. In a few of the articles I read, it seemed people were mad because they weren’t a “baking skill” I can see that.
If you watch Bread Week on Netflix, or whatever you’re watching it on, you’ll see that Paul and Prue don’t even taste the bun AND the burger together. So it seems an unnecessary addition. Kind of like in the Pita Challenge last year where they had to make roasted veggies over an open fire to go WITH the Pitas.
Homemade Hamburger Buns
These are truly something I need to work on. My hamburger buns always come out like lead bricks, so I wanted to work on those skills for myself. I’m always looking to improve my bread baking skills. I hope everyone else is also onboard for some basic Bap making.
- 2 1/2 cups sifted bread flour
- 2 teaspoons yeast
- 1 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 2 1/4 Tablespoons regulars sugar
- 2 TBSP butter cut in small cubes
- 1 cup warm water
- put the flour in a mixing bowl, put salt on one side, sugar on the other, and yeast on yet another
- add the water and the butter chunks
- swirl it with your hand until it starts to come together
- mix a few more times until a soft dough forms
- dust a clean counter with flour
- scrape out the dough and knead by hand for 8-10 minutes until a soft dough is formed, use enough extra flour to keep the dough from sticking
- butter up a clean bowl, put the dough in it, cover and let it rise until it's doubled
- once it's doubled tip it out on a floured surface and divide into 8 equal pieces
- shape each piece into a ball, put it on the counter, cup your hand over it and move your hand in a circle to form the bun
- let the dough rest 10 minutes
- lightly flatten with a rolling pin
- place on baking sheets lined with parchment, cover with plastic bags so the dough can rise ( I use clean garbage bags that I reuse over and over for tasks like this!)
- let baps rise until almost double in size
- remove from bags when ready to bake and sprinkle the tops with a little flour
- bake in a 430˚ oven for 10-12 minutes
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