Ever thought about making your own hamburger buns? You haven't? Well I guess I'm the only crazy one! This is a pretty easy recipe, for bread making, so you, yourself, can make your own buns. The are whole wheat and very yummy. Just make sure when you cut them, that you make the circle at least 4-5 inches in diameter or you'll have little hockey pucks for your big juicy burger. I also halved this recipe, you can do the full recipe simply by doubling all the ingredients.
Homemade Hamburger Buns
adapted from Heavenly Homemakers
2 1/2 cups (+/-) whole wheat flour (I used White Wheat)
3/4 cups warm water
1 pkg regular or active dry yeast (2 1/4 tsp.)
2 TBSP honey
1/8 cup water
1/4 cup milk
2 TBSP butter
1 tsp sea salt
In a large mixing bowl, stir together 1 1/2 cups of whole wheat flour and 3/4 cups warm water. Set aside to let rest for 30 minutes. In the meantime, mix together 1/8 cup warm water, yeast, and honey. Allow this to sit for at least 10 minutes to activate the yeast.
Melt butter, milk and salt in a small saucepan on the stove. Do not allow the mixture to get above 120 degrees.
Pour yeast mixture and milk mixture into flour mixture. Add remaining flour (I only added 1/2 cup more).
Knead for about 10 minutes until dough begins to look “shiny”. You can use your dough hook attachment on your stand mixer if you have one. Put dough back into the bowl, cover and let rise for at least an hour, or until it has doubled.
Pull dough onto a clean counter top and knead for a couple of minutes to get any air bubbles out. Roll dough on a lightly floured surface until about 1/2 inch thick.
Cut circles from the dough with a large drinking glass or wide mouth jar. I would cut my buns at least 4-5 inches across in diameter. I only did mine about 3 inches, and they were too small.Place circles on in a well buttered baking dish about an inch apart, or place on a silpat. You can sprinkle with sesame seeds if you prefer that.
Allow to rise for about 30 minutes. Bake for 20-25 minutes in a 350 degree oven.