I found a lot of recipes on line for Hawaiian bread so I combined what I learned from this & that to make my dough. This is a rich, sweet dough not unlike a brioche though not as quite as heavy. I left it to Matt to decide how to shape the bread & he went with pull apart rolls similar to the Hawaiian bread you get in the store. They turned out really fluffy & the perfect size for sliders. I'm not sure if they tasted exactly like Hawaiian bread but they were really good.
Hawaiian Bread Rolls
1/2 c warm water
1/2 c pineapple juice
1/4 c melted salted butter + more for brushing on the rolls before baking
1 T dry yeast
1/2 T kosher salt
1 large egg, beaten
1/2 t vanilla extract
6 T sugar
3 c all-purpose flour
Put the water, pineapple juice & melted butter in a large container. Stir in the yeast. Add the salt, egg, vanilla & sugar, stir again. Add the flour 1 cup at a time. If it gets too hard to stir in with a spoon use your hand to incorporate it all. You should have a soft dough. Cover loosely & let sit at room temperature until doubled in size, 2 - 3 hours.
At this point you can shape the rolls, rise them again & bake them but I put the covered container in the fridge & let it sit overnight ala Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day.
On baking day prepare two loaf pans by spraying them with non-stick spray. Shape the dough into sixteen 1 1/2 - 1 3/4 ounce balls (if the dough is a little stiff let it warm up a bit before shaping). Cover with a towel & let rise until doubled in size, 2 - 3 hours.
Preheat oven to 350 F. Brush the rolls with melted butter. Bake for 20 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on a rack.
Makes 16 rolls.
Matt says he based his method for cooking these burgers on the steaming that White Castle does. He used a large skillet to create a lid over the burgers on the grill so that they cooked in their own steam. They came out so tender & juicy. I also loved the onions cooked with the burgers.
1/2 pound of ground grass- fed beef
1 t steak seasoning
3 dashed worcestershire sauce
1 t salt
1/2 c chopped onion
5 small slices of cheese, optional (we used monterey jack)
Mix the beef with the steak seasoning. worcestershire & salt. Form into 5 patties.
Heat a griddle over medium heat. Spray with non-stick spray. Sprinkle the onions on the griddle. Place the patties on top of the onions. Use a skillet or other large pan to cover the burgers. Let cook for 3 minutes. Flip burgers over, add a cheese slice to the top of each burger if using & replace lid. Cook another 2 - 3 minutes for medium.
Serve on Hawaiian Bread Rolls that have been split in half with the toppings of your choice.
Makes 5 sliders.
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