We forgot to buy some bread for the week for lunches and such so I decided I’d give my hand at making a burger bun to use for sandwiches. I perused a few different recipes online and cobbled together my own version as below.
- Warm milk – 1.5 cups
- Egg – 1 large
- Melted butter – 4 Tbsp
- Sugar – 2 Tbsp
- Active Dry Yeast – 1 Tbsp
- Salt – 1.5 tsp
- Whole wheat flour – 3 cups
- All-purpose flour – 1.5 cups
- Mix warm milk, egg, melted butter, sugar, and yeast in a bowl and incorporate until frothy. Let sit for 5-10 minutes.
- In a separate bowl, mix the 2 types of flours and the salt.
- Add wet to dry and mix.
- Dump mixture onto countertop and knead for 5-7 minutes.
- Form into ball and place in oiled bowl and allow to rise (double in size) – ~45 min to 2 hours.
- Punch down, pour onto countertop and separate into 8-10 pieces.
- Let rest for 10 minutes before forming into balls.
- Form each piece into a ball and then flattened to get more hamburger bun shape.
- Allow to rise (mine didn’t rise as much as I’d like).
- Apply egg wash to each bun.
- Pre-heat oven to 380 F
- Place in oven and cook for 15-20 minutes (I did 19 minutes).
- Cover with kitchen towel for 15 minutes – I read this is supposed to help keep the bread rolls soft.
Overall these came out okay. I was hoping for wider and fluffier buns. They turned out a bit dense and dry. I baked them late at night (made them after work) and so left them out overnight to cool and that may have definitely contributed to the drying. I made 2 of them for sandwiches for lunch today and noted that one of the buns did crumble and fall apart some. I attribute that to the dryness. I suspect another part of the denseness may be because I did not knead the dough enough initially to allow for proper gluten formation. Another problem may be that I did not allow for proper rise times. Our house typically is fairly cool and during winter time it is cooler, leading to a longer rise time (which I did not have because I have to sleep).
I’ll probably try something similar again in the future but maybe see if I can’t make it fluffier and less dense.