The original recipe is from The Set for Life cookbook. I did it a little differently and they turned out very good. And remember I always use King Arthur’s White Whole Wheat flour because it is so good and I don’t mill my own *yet* and I want my family to eat whole wheat.
5-6 cups of whole wheat flour
2 T dry yeast
1/3 cup of nonfat dry milk
2 cups of warm water (120 to 130 degrees)
1/4 cup of oil
2 T honey
2 t salt, scant
1 egg white
1 T water
Sesame seeds (optional)
Mix water and yeast and allow yeast to “proof” for 5 minutes. (I always do this no matter what the original recipe says). Add oil, honey, eggs, salt and nonfat dry milk. Turn on mixer. Add remaining flour, 1 cup at a time, until dough just cleans the sides of the bowl. Dough should not be too stiff. Knead 5 to 6 minutes. I use my Kitchen Aid mixer. I add flour and then allow it to mix. I pinch the dough and test the stickiness. If it is sticky I add more flour – 1/2 cup at a time. Once it is not too sticky I set the mixer on “2” and set the timer for 6 minutes.
Preheat oven to 350.
Lightly oil hands and countertop. Shape dough into hamburger, hot dog or hoagie buns, using approximately 1/4 cup dough for each. Place on lightly greased baking sheets. Brush buns with egg-water mix. Sprinkle with sesame seeds, if desired. Let rise 20-30 minutes for buns.
There are several ways to shape hamburger buns.
I have done it two ways:
1. Pinch off a small handful of dough and tuck ends under and roll it into a ball. Then smash lightly with your hand. Once all dough is on the pan, use another pan to “smash” the buns down while they are rising for the 20-30 minutes and then bake.
2. Roll out the dough to about 3/8 inch thick and use a large cookie cutter to cut into rounds.
I did both with this batch just to see what I like better and I think number 1 takes less time.
Bake at 350 degrees for 16 to 20 minutes.
*I will tell you that while I was making these my husband said, “Gretchen, we could just go buy hamburger buns.” Well, after I was done I took a black bean burger out of the freezer. I had made these previously and my husband thought they were just “okay”. I just took out one and heated it up for me figuring he would not want one. Well, he thought they smelled good so he wanted a bite. He loved them. I reminded him he didn’t like them last time and he said, “I don’t know maybe it is the homemade buns that make them so good.” I then heated up 2 for him and I put cheese, mayo and some pickles on them and he gobbled them up.
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