Friday, May 23, 2014

Onion Swirled Buns!

If you're like me, you are gearing up for the upcoming Memorial Day weekend. We traditionally host a big picnic here, so I like the yard and deck to be in tip-top shape for the occasion. We always hang plants from our pergola for the summer. However, I can't keep hanging flower baskets alive, so ferns have been my go-to for years. I took off to do some "fern shopping" yesterday, only to find that there's some kind of "fern shortage" around our area- Yikes!! Fortunately, after  quite a few phone calls, I found a nursery that had just gotten a shipment in- Whew! I took a quick drive to the store and loaded my cart with three ferns. As I was walking to the register, several panic-stricken women stopped me, asking where I found the ferns. I have a feeling the entire shipment was sold by the time I got in my car to leave!

Anywaaaays.......Gardening, picnics, summer......that's not really what Memorial Day is all about, is it? It's a "day of memory"....a time -  to remember, to think about our generous freedoms , to be humbled by the sacrifice it takes to preserve them, and.... to give thanks. In the midst of our celebration, we are also planning to do just that. We always attend the community memorial service, but this year, we're taking my father, a WWII serviceman. He hasn't needed "taken" in the past....he's always ridden in the parade, stood throughout the service and been an active part of things. But last summer, this 89-yr-old Air Force vet suffered a stroke that left him paralyzed on one side. So.....he will be taken. But I know my dad....he will be so proud to be honor the flag, to hear the 21-gun salute to the fallen, to sing the national anthem and remember.

 After the service, we're taking him to our house for the annual picnic. I'm planning to make these tasty burger buns!! Happy Memorial Day!

1 Cup warm water
2 Tbsp. butter
1 egg
3 ½ Cup unbleached all-purpose flour
¼ Cup sugar
1 ¼ tsp. salt
1 tsp. onion powder
1 Tbsp. or 1 packet  Red Star Platinum yeast 
2 ½ Tbsp. dried minced onion
1 egg white, beaten with 1 Tbsp. water
Seeds, if desired – I used poppy seeds

Dissolve yeast in warm water. Let rest 1-2 minutes. Add remaining ingredients. EZ DOH-it or knead traditionally till smooth and elastic. Place dough in lightly greased container and let rise till doubled. Remove dough from container and roll out, on a lightly floured surface,  to  a 12”x17” rectangle. Sprinkle with the filling/dried minced onion. Using a rolling pin, press onion flakes lightly into dough.  Roll dough into a log, starting with the short (12”) end. With a sharp, serrated knife, cut dough into 9 equal pieces. Place on a greased baking sheet, flattening them slightly with the palm of your hand to about 3” wide. Cover with a clean dish towel and let rise till very puffy. Preheat oven to 375. Uncover buns and brush them with the egg white, then lightly sprinkle with seeds. Bake the buns for 20-25 minutes, until golden brown. Cool on a rack. 
Adapted from a KA Flour recipe


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