I have really been enjoying making my own breads. Commercial bread is very processed, even when it is whole grain. One of the only breads I’ve found that has all simple ingredients and is baked fresh is from whole foods or great harvest. But with the closest whole foods an hour away, I have still been making the majority of my breads from scratch. It really isn’t hard, although a little time consuming. But with a stand mixer, pretty much all of that time is hands off. These Hamburger buns take 10-15 minutes hands on. The rest is just rise time. They take about 3 hours from start to finish. About 10 minutes prepping the dough and then you have to return and spend maybe 1 minute a couple times throughout.
Whole wheat Hamburger Buns
makes 10 medium sized buns
1/3 cup water, warmed
1 package yeast (=2 1/4 tsp)
2 tsp sugar
1/2 cup milk, warmed
1 Tbs + 1 tsp melted butter*
1 Tbs olive oil
1 egg, beaten
2 tsp vital wheat gluten
3 cups white whole wheat flour
3/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp baking soda
sesame seeds, optional for topping
Heat water until warm to the touch. Add yeast and sugar and let sit for 5-10 minutes to proof yeast. Make sure its not too hot or it will kill the yeast.
In a stand mixture (or bowl) mix together 2 cups flour, wheat gluten, baking soda and salt.
Mix in the warmed milk, butter, oil, and water/yeast mixture.
Add beaten egg and remaining cup of flour to make a soft dough. The dough should be quite sticky still.
Use dough hook and knead for 7 minutes. Or knead by hand with well floured hands if you don’t have a mixer for 8-10 minutes.
Place in greased bowl, cover, and put in a warm place. Let dough sit for 1+ hours, until it doubles in size.
Punch it down. Roll into 10 equal sized balls. Flatten down with the palm of your hand until its the diameter of a hamburger bun. Don’t worry about it being as tall as a bun, it will rise more.
Place rolls on a silpat baking sheet and cover with a towel. Let rise for 30-60 minutes until they are puffed back up. (more time won’t hurt here)
Lightly spray buns olive oil cooking spray and sprinkle some sesame seeds on top.
Cook at 400 F for 10-15 minutes.
*I have replaced the melted butter with plain yogurt and it works nicely
Fat: 3.8 g
Sodium: 193 mg (8%)
Carbohydrates: 27 g
Dietary Fiber: 4 g
Sugars: 2.7 g
Protein: 6.3 g