I can’t help myself. I just love trying out new recipes. Even though burger buns are super cheap at the store, it is so fun to make them yourself. Plus it gives you a new appreciation and understanding of how they got made in the first place.
Oh, and did I mention they taste amazing!
Another phone pic!
The funny thing is, I was making the buns during the work week, so I started the dough before I left for work. When I got home at lunch I rolled them into balls. When I came home at 4:30 they looked like this:
Luckily I was able to reshape them and let them rise for a minute while the oven preheated. So don’t let them sit too long!
- 3 tbsp. warm milk
- 1 cup warm water
- 2 tsp. instant yeast
- 2½ tbsp. sugar
- 1½ tsp. salt
- 1 large egg
- 3 cups bread flour
- ⅓ cup all-purpose flour
- 2½ tbsp. unsalted butter, softened
- 1 large egg beaten with 1 tbsp. water, for egg wash
- Sesame seeds
- In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine the milk, water, yeast, sugar, salt and egg.
- Add the flours to the bowl, and mix until incorporated.
- Mix in the butter.
- Switch to the dough hook and knead on low speed for about 6-8 minutes. The dough will be somewhat tacky, but you want to avoid adding too much extra flour which will create tough buns.
- Transfer the dough to a lightly oiled bowl. Cover with a towel and let rise in a warm place until doubled in size, 1-2 hours.
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
- Using a dough scraper, divide the dough into 8 equal parts. Gently roll each portion of dough into a ball (you can use a little flour to help) and place on the baking sheet, 2-3 inches apart.
- Cover loosely with lightly oiled plastic wrap or a towel sprinkled with flour and let rise again, 1-2 hours, until puffed up and nearly doubled.
- Set a large metal pan of water on the lowest rack of the oven. Preheat the oven to 400˚ F with a rack in the center.
- Brush the tops of the buns lightly with the egg wash and sprinkle with sesame seeds.
- Bake the buns about 15 minutes rotating halfway through baking, until the tops are golden brown.
- Transfer to a rack to cool completely.
Source: The Perfect Burger Bun by Annie’s Eats