To be truthful, my first thought when I saw a recipe for making homemade hamburger buns was WHY? Why would anyone want to go to all the trouble to make their own, when you can just run to the store and buy them fairly cheaply? Then I realized the answer.
Because we want to learn how, and simply because we can. That’s it… why not learn something NEW? So, I tried my hand at making them. For me I realized that I simply wanted to try making my own (for the very first time), and that alone was enough reason. I did it JUST BECAUSE I WANTED TO LEARN. I’m glad I learned how to make them. These hamburger buns were really good!
I started by mixing up the dough in my stand mixer. Easy. You can also mix the dough by hand, if you want. Really. It’s not that hard.
Once I had a dough ball formed, I covered it and let it sit for half an hour.
After half an hour, the dough had risen, and looked like this:
I pulled off pieces of dough, then shaped each piece into a ball in my hands. I stretched the seams of the dough under to the bottom of the ball.
I placed the dough balls onto a couple of cookie sheets, leaving space in between each one. Covered them with parchment paper or aluminum foil (I used foil). I then put another cookie sheet on top of the foil.
I pressed down on the top cookie sheet, which helped to flatten out the dough balls. I then let them rise (with the foil still on top) for another 45 minutes.
After they had risen again, I cut an X onto the top of each bun with a very sharp knife. I only cut slightly through the top of the dough and did NOT cut all the way through.
I brushed the tops of the dough balls with an egg wash (egg and milk). I hope you appreciate my “very much USED, GNARLY cookie sheets” (victims of too many recipes…). After they were brushed with egg wash, I sprinkled them with sesame seeds.
I baked the buns in a 400 degree oven for about 15 minutes, until light brown in color. Aren’t they CUTE?
This is what they look like inside and outside.
The only thing left to do was grill some burgers, and enjoy these Homemade Hamburger Buns! They were wonderful (the buns AND the burgers)!!!
Maybe you like to try new recipes, too (like me!). If you do, I hope you will give this recipe a try! I think you will enjoy these hamburger buns. Here’s to a summer full of good BBQ’s!
Recipe Source: http://www.mennonitegirlscancook.ca/2010/08/hamburger-and-hot-dog-buns.html
- 2 Tablespoons instant yeast
- 2½ cups multigrain flour
- 2 Tablespoons vegetable oil
- 2 Tablespoons granulated sugar
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 2 cups hot tap water
- 2 cups white all purpose flour
- 1 egg and 2 Tablespoons milk (beaten lightly - to brush on top of buns prior to baking)
- Sesame seeds (optional), for sprinkling on top of buns prior to baking)
- In a large bowl (or bowl of an electric stand mixer), combine the instant yeast and multigrain flour.
- Add vegetable oil granulated sugar, and salt.
- Stir in the white flour and the hot tap water. If using mixer, mix until dough forms ball that pulls away from sides of bowl (several minutes). (If using your hands, mix ingredients together to work everything together. Knead dough lightly to form ball).
- Once dough ball has been formed, cover bowl, set aside and let dough rest for 30 minutes.
- Divide dough into equal sized pieces, by squeezing off portions. (the number of buns is dependent on how large or small you make them. If making small (slider size) buns, you should get close to 2 dozen. If making larger buns, expect to get around 15 or so. Shape the dough into balls, stretching the dough so most of the "seams" are on the bottom of the ball.
- Place dough balls onto two cookie sheets. Leave a couple inches between each one. Place a layer of parchment paper or aluminum foil on top, to cover. Place a cookie sheet on top of paper or foil. Press down with the top cookie sheet to help flatten out the dough balls. Remove top cookie sheet, but leave paper or foil on. Let the dough rise for about 45 minutes.
- Remove foil after dough has risen. Bake in a preheated 400 F degree oven for about 15 minutes, or until the buns are golden brown.
- Remove from oven; let cool a bit, then serve!