Don’t underestimate the bread!

What does your choice in bread say about you? Look at breads from around the world. Is there any doubt why France has the reputation it does? I had a crepe for the first time just the other day. It was like a bland, tasteless pancake. But what does YOUR choice in bread say about you?

At the very least, it says something about your attention to detail.

Often in cooking, we concentrate on the “star” ingredients, while leaving role player ingredients like bread as an afterthought. But, there is no greater letdown than to have a gourmet burger on a “Wonder” bun. Bread is one ingredient that you can really upgrade without spending a lot of extra money. So, go try the recipe below for your burgers. You may see a huge difference in your cooking.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups warm milk
  • 1/4 cup margarine, melted
  • 1/4 cup warm water
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 2 (.25 ounce) packages instant yeast
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 6 cups all-purpose flour, or as needed

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, stir together the milk, margarine, warm water, sugar and yeast. Let stand for about 5 minutes.
  2. Mix in the salt, and gradually stir in the flour until you have a soft dough. Divide into 25 pieces, and form into balls. Place on baking sheets so they are 2 to 3 inches apart. Let rise for 20 minutes.
  3. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Bake the rolls for 15 minutes in the preheated oven. Cool slightly, then split them in half horizontally to fill with your favorite burgers.

If all this seems like too much work, go to your local Panera Bread and ask for help. You really can’t go wrong… unless you go with a crepe…

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