Burger Buns

23 Jul

For some reason, making bread at home still intimidates me. When I was a pre-teen I did a lot of baking, bread included, but haven’t made much bread since then. These turned out great, so I am slowly but surely gaining confidence. They were fairly easy to make, and just fabulous with a nice juicy burger sandwiched between.

Time: 45 min + rise                Serves: 6

Ingredients


  • Dough


  • 3/4 cup water
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 2 1/2 tsp (1 package/7 oz) active dry yeast
  • 2 tbsp butter, cut into pieces
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp onion powder (optional)
  • 1 egg beaten
  • 1 1/2 cups unbleached AP flour, more on hand as needed
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • Topping


  • 1 egg beaten + splash water
  • 1 tsp poppy seeds, or seeds of choice or “everything bagel” topping (optional)

How to make it


  • Heat 1/4 cup water to lukewarm in microwave, about 20 seconds. Pour into a large mixing bowl. Add sugar and whisk to partially dissolve. Add yeast and let sit for about 10 minutes, until frothy.
  • Heat remaining 1/2 cup water with butter in microwave until lukewarm, about 30 seconds. Add to yeast mixture.
  • Add salt, onion powder (if using), and beaten egg. Mix to combine.
  • Add 1 1/2 cups flour. Mix well with wooden spoon. Add additional 1/2 cup flour. If needed, add more flour one tbsp at a time until dough pulls away from the sides of the bowl but is still slack and relaxed.
  • Sprinkle your work surface lightly with flour. Turn dough onto surface. Sprinkle just enough flour so the dough doesn’t stick to the surface, or you. Knead for about 10 minutes.
  • Transfer to an oiled bowl, turning dough ball once to cover in oil on all sides. Cover with a dampened dish towel. Let rise until doubled, about 1 hour – or more as needed.
  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Gently deflate dough. Divide into 6 even pieces. Form each into a ball, then flatten into about 3 inch discs. Place on lined sheet about 1/2 inch apart. Cover with dampened dish towel. Let rise until doubled, about 1 hour – or more as needed.
  • About 15 minutes before ready to bake, preheat oven to 400F.
  • One by one, brush tops with egg wash and sprinkle seeds on top. Place in oven on center rack and bake for 15 minutes, until golden brown.
  • Remove from oven and transfer to cooling rack.
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