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I'm Peter Reinhart! Ask Me Anything! Monday, February 15, 2016 7:00-8:00 pm EST

To kick off our AMA feature, we have invited author, chef and master bread maker and host of Pizza Quest, Peter Reinhart, to be our first host! Peter will be in the Forum on Monday, February 15th, from 7:00 - 8:00 pm EST. If you are unable to be online during the live session, you can post your questions in the sticky post. Peter will answer those questions during the live session on February 15th. You can view Peter's answers to your questions as well as what happened during the live session in the session thread.

Ask Me Anything New Forum Feature

You will notice a new forum at the top of the main page called, "Ask Me Anything". This forum will be used for live one hour "Ask Me Anything" (AMA) sessions hosted by people who are knowledgeable in different areas pertaining to wood fired ovens. How it works:
- Each AMA will have a "sticky" thread where the community can post questions they would like answered during the live session. This will allow everyone to participate even if you can't be online for the live session. These questions will not be answered by the host until the live AMA; if you need an answer quickly, you should post it in the appropriate Forum area for the community to respond.
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  • 4th of July

    We are having a group over for the day. The wife wants to BBQ hamburgers and hot dogs (I wanted pizza but she seems to win these things).

    Question. I want to make the buns out of simple yeast dough. Are there any tricks to get the perfect shape and texture? I don't want biscuit shapes for the hamburgers and bread loaves for the hot dogs. Any insight would be appreciated.

    Thanks,

    Les...
    Last edited by Les; 06-30-2009, 10:12 PM.
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    Re: 4th of July

    Hey Les,

    I'll be happy to read any experienced bakers response to your question...

    I put together a batch of burger buns a couple of weeks ago. I picked the best looking recipe with a quick computer search, and was only so / so happy with the results.

    Enriched recipe, pretty high hydration, just enough heat, not to much... ????

    I guess these are the things that will help the bun, but a voice from the experienced ones will help!

    Thanks,

    JED

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      Re: 4th of July

      JED, Les,

      The best bun and roll recipes I've ever encountered are in Reinhart's The Bread Baker's Apprentice. My personal favorite for burgers is his formula for Kaisers, because they turn out absolutely ketchup and topping proof, meaning they don't fall apart.

      Jim
      "Made are tools, and born are hands"--William Blake, 1757-1827

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        Re: 4th of July

        A few weeks ago I used Reinhart's BBA recipe for White Bread variation #2 (i think) and made hamburger buns and hotdog buns. I have 3 kids and they had to look good and taste good to replace those Wonder bread style buns, but that was my goal. I had no good directions for shaping. I just guessed with the hotdog buns with the shaping and they turned out great. I will always have them in the freezer from now on, and the kids liked them. The hamburger buns were shaped like a dinner roll just larger. The did not pass the kid test because they were too tall not the flat round shape like the store bought. I will try again with the hamburger buns this weekend.

        Any suggestions for shaping hamburger buns?

        Paul
        Paul

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