What are you doing to celebrate the Fourth of July? I will probably light a couple small fireworks in the parking lot with my husband. But I am sure my family back in Idaho will be having at least one barbeque. It is just kind of a given when it comes to the Fourth. Summer celebrations = barbeques. A grilled hamburger is good, but I have a way to make it AMAZING! Wow your barbeque guests with homemade hamburger buns. They are SO MUCH BETTER THAN STORE BOUGHT! I don’t think I will ever go back to buying buns again.
- 3 TBSP. warm milk
- 1 C. warm water
- 2 tsp. instant yeast
- 2 21/2 TBSP. sugar
- 1 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1 large egg
- 3 C. bread flour
- 1/3 C. all purpose
- 2 1/2 TBSP. butter, softened
- sesame seeds
- 1 egg for egg wash
1. In the bowl of a stand mixer with the paddle attachment, mix together the milk, water, yeast, sugar, salt, and egg until just combined.
2. Add the flours and mix until combined. Mix in the butter.
3. Switch to the dough hook and knead for about 7 minutes. Don’t add any more flour, even it you are tempted. It will be a little bit tacky, but you don’t want the buns to be tough.
4. Move the dough to a lightly oiled bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and let it rise until doubled in size. 1 or 2 hours.
5. Line baking sheet with parchment paper or a baking mat. Using a dough scraper, divide the dough into 8 equal parts and roll each portion into a ball. Place on the baking sheet and loosely cover with plastic wrap. Let rise for another hour or so, until they are puffy.
6. Preheat the oven to 400 F. Set a large metal pot or pan of water on the lowest rack of the oven. Whisk a little bit of water into an egg and brush lightly onto the tops of each roll. Sprinkle with sesame seeds.
7. Bake for about 15 minutes, rotating half way through baking. The tops will be golden. Try to resist eating them before the burgers are done. It will be hard.
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