Okay--so I was in a bind the other day. I desperately needed a nice looking bun. Stop with the snickers. I needed a hamburger bun. At any rate, I did what any normal person does and I stopped at the grocery store. Since it was so late, however, there weren't any good buns left. What to do? Well, I made my own of course!
I feel serious eye rolling from the audience. I get it. Why would you make your own buns when you can buy perfectly good ones from the store and/or bakery? For starters, they are damn good. And, while you may not believe it, they are easy to make with a few simple ingredients.
They may not be easier than the ones from the bakery...but they are so good!
- 1 cup warm water
- 1 envelope yeast (2 1/4 teaspoons)
- 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
- 3 1/2 - 4 cups flour
- 1 egg, room temperature, slightly beaten
- 3 tablespoons butter, melted
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 egg yolk, slightly beaten
- poppy seeds, sesame seeds, or caraway seeds for sprinkling
- Whisk together the water, yeast, sugar, and 1/2 cup of the flour in the bowl of a stand mixer. Allow to sit for 15 minutes. Add the egg, butter, salt, and an additional 3 cups of the flour. Use the kneading attachment to knead the dough for 5 minutes, or until it starts to pull away from the sides of the bowl but is still a bit tacky to the touch. Add additional flour, tablespoon at a time, if the dough is too sticky.
- Place the dough in an oiled bowl, turning once to coat. Cover loosely with a damp towel and allow the dough to rise in a warm, draft free spot until doubled, about 90 minutes to 2 hours.
- Gently deflate the dough. Cut into 12 pieces (18 for slider size) and form into hamburger and/or hot dog shapes. Place on baking sheets lined with a silpat or parchment paper, cover loosely, and allow to rise until puffy, about an hour. In the mean time, preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
- Beat the egg yolk with 2 teaspoons of water. Lightly brush each bun with the yolk and sprinkle with desired toppings. Bake for 17-20 minutes or until golden brown. Move to a wire rack to cool completely.
The dough should just start to pull away, and feel just a bit tacky to the touch.
Once risen, the dough will be satiny and soft.
Sprinkle liberally with seeds of your choice....
I especially like a little caraway seed and sea salt.
Fill with whatever you desire....Pulled Pork with Poblano Ranch Dressing? Yes!
Even a simple hot dog will seem special with a homemade bun.
What do you put on your buns?