My husband wanted to cook some burgers, and asked me if I had time to make some buns – of course! I went looking for recipes, and the one that looked the best was an enriched bun from the King Arthur Flour homepage.
I only changed one thing and used slightly less sugar than originally called for.
Ingredients (original recipe):
- 1 cup lukewarm water ( 225 ml)
- 1 tbsp instant yeast
- 2 tbsp sugar
- 2 tbsp butter, melted and cooled (30 g)
- 3 1/2 cup all purpose flour (420 g)
- 1 egg
- 1 1/4 tsp salt
- For decoration: 2-3 tbsp melted butter or eggwash
- Sesame or other seeds
1. Dissolve the yeast in the water and add the sugar.
2. Add the rest of the ingredients and mix.
3. Knead until a smooth dough forms. I found this dough is really easy to work with.
4. Put the dough in a bowl and cover, let rise until doubled in size, about 1 hour.
5. Punch down the dough and knead through.
6. Divide the dough into 8 pieces and form each to a small roll.
7. Place the buns on a parchment coved baking sheet with plenty of space in between and press down each bun until it is 3 inches/8 cm across and flat.
8. Cover and let rise for about an hour.
9. Preheat oven to 375 F/190 C.
10. Brush with half the melted butter or eggwash, and top with seeds (if using seeds you are better off with eggwash).
11. Bake for 15-20 min until golden. Transfer to a wire rack.
12. Brush with the rest of the butter and cool.
I realized later that brushing with butter would not make the seeds stick, you need to use an eggwash or press them really firmly into the dough. Besides that, they were great. They are quite sweet and rich, but I think that works well with a burger.
Happy baking and grilling!