Sunday, July 18, 2010

Homemade Hamburger Buns

We had a little dinner before we went to go see the Mormon Tabernacle Choir sing on Friday night. My Uncle Phil sings in the choir so they were able to get some tickets. The choir has been singing for 100 years this year. Any way my Mom asked if I would provide the hamburger buns. I noticed this recipe for hamburger buns on Annie Eats a couple weeks ago, so instead of buying buns I made them. I am so glad I did, they were so much better than store bought buns. I didn't add the sesame seeds to the top like it called for since I don't like those on my hamburger buns. The recipe is pretty easy, I was amazed at how well they turned out. Here is the recipe:

Light Brioche Burger Buns
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
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
2½ tbsp. unsalted butter, softened

For topping:
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.  Mix briefly to combine.  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 plastic wrap and let rise in a warm place until doubled in bulk, 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 and place on the baking sheet, 2-3 inches apart.  Cover loosely with lightly oiled plastic wrap 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.         

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