I’ve been on a mission to find the best homemade buns for burgers and sandwiches as there seems to be a lot of unpronounceable ingredients in the packaged versions. These are far and away the winners! A lot of others are too dense or yeast tasting. They’re light and fluffy and just as good the next day. Try it for yourself!
1 1/2 cup warm water
2 Tbsp. of active dry yeast
2 tbsp. sugar
2 1/2 cup white flour
1 cup bread flour
A pinch of kosher salt
A drizzle of sesame seed oil (about a teaspoon)
Sesame Seeds and 2 Tbsp milk (if want to top them with seeds)
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Lightly oil a baking sheet.
Warm mixing bowl in oven for a few minutes.
In warm mixing bowl, add the water, yeast and sugar. Lightly stir
with a wire whisk just until it is combined. Cover the bowl with plastic
and then cover over it with a heavy towel. Set your timer for 20
minutes. Your starter will be nice and frothy.
Next add the flour, salt and oil. Mix this with your dough hook until the dough pulls away from the sides of the bowl.
Pat the dough with your hands just to form a ball and place it it a
lightly oiled bowl. Turn the dough ball around in the bowl so it is
lightly coated by the oil. Place the same plastic over the bowl and the
towel and turn your timer on for 20 minutes to let it rise.
Next set the dough ball out onto a lightly floured surface and divide
it into eight pieces. Take each piece and shape it into a ball first by
patting it and then press it out into a nice round flat shape. Place
each piece onto your lightly oiled baking sheet. Cover with just the
towel. Turn your timer on for 20 minutes to let it rise.
After the timer goes off, lightly brush the tops of each bun with milk.
Sprinkle on the sesame seeds and very lightly pat them on the top to
ensure they stick well.
Bake for 15 minutes. When
they are done take them off the pan right away and onto a wire rack to
Adapted from: http://thymesquaregarden.blogspot.com/2012/04/french-sesame-buns.html