Thursday, December 30, 2010

Hamburger Buns

Sometimes I don't feel like leaving the apartment, so when I found out that we were out of hamburger buns, I decided to make my own. 

Burger Buns
Adapted from Pennies on a Platter
3 tbsp warm milk
1 cup of warm water
2 tsp of instant yeast
2 1/2 tbsp of sugar
1 1/2 tsp of salt
1 egg
3 cups of bread flour 
1/3 cup of all-purpose flour
2 1/2 tbsp of butter, softened
1 egg beaten with 1 tsp water, egg wash
Course salt, course pepper, sesame seeds

In a large bowl, whisk together the milk, water, yeast, sugar, salt and egg.  Mix in the bread flour and all-purpose flour.  When combined, mix in the butter.  Continue working the dough in the bowl until it can barely be kneaded, then dump it onto a floured surface and knead by hand. The dough is going to be kind of tacky. 
Transfer the dough to a greased.  Cover the bowl tightly with plastic wrap and let it rise in a warm place until doubled in size, between 1 to 2 hours.
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper (I used greased tin foil).  Divide the dough into 8 equal parts, then   roll each part into a ball and place on the baking sheet.  Cover loosely with lightly greased plastic wrap and let them rise again for 1 to 2 hours.  The buns should be about doubled when it has risen enough.
Preheat oven to 400'.  Brush the tops of the hamburger buns lightly with the egg wash and sprinkle with the topping(s) of your choice.  Bake the hamburger buns for about 15 minutes, until golden brown. 

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