custom forming buns

Discussion in 'Pastries & Baking' started by novice baker, Nov 2, 2011.

  1. novice baker

    novice baker

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    I am a novice, let me preface that. 

    Is there a way to liquify dough enough in the beginning stages to be able to pour it around a pre-made form so the bun/bread can be removed at the shape of the form once it rises? I am trying to create a star shaped hamburger bun with a hole in the middle if possible. 

    Any ideas of questions are much appreciated form the community!  Thank you
     
  2. tasquah

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    English muffins are baked / cooked in a small ring mold. (Same thing as a round cookie cutter).  Why don't you just bake the buns the normal way and just use a star shaped Cookie cutter to cut them to your desired shape, then use a small circle cuter to remove that center hole?

    What you want is do-able , but the thing is a star is a real pain to make because of the points being so fragile and likely to tear. Cutting a bun works much better than baking the star shape and removing it from the mold. I assume we are talking about a regular bun size, if it was bigger it might be sturdier. Then there is bun versus bread texture and density.  
     
  3. boar_d_laze

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    If you bake the right amount of regular bread dough in a covered mold, you'll get a bun in the shape of the mold.  You don't need pourable batter, you need the right molds.  If your molds don't have covers, as a stop gap, you could put a glass or ceramic pan over an open star-shaped mold and get the same effect.  As long as the top pan is heavy enough to make the dough conform to the mold instead of rising up and out you should be good to go.

    Because buns are soft, I don't see much of a problem with the tips breaking ... at least until you try and split them.  It's going to take a very sharp bread knife, palm flat over the bun, and not much pressure with the knife.

    Good luck with this,

    BDL
     
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  4. novice baker

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    Thank you very much for your insight. It is much appreciated
     
  5. novice baker

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    Thank yo for your insight. 
     
  6. kyheirloomer

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    Just out of curiousity, Novice, what are you planning on using those buns for?
     
  7. novice baker

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    star shaped hamburger buns.  My son loves stars and cheesburgers, for his 8th b-day i wanted to try and make something unique with out just cutting a standard hamburger bun into the shaped of a star.  I thought trying to manipulate the bun into a star shapred form to rise in then bake would work but there really isn't a star shaped bread form I've found online.