Can you believe that Memorial Day is right around the corner already? I’m having a little trouble computing that May is coming to a close and that the kickoff to summer is in just a few days. I think it’s partially because we’ve been spoiled over the past couple of weeks with several warm and sunny days…but it could also be that the farmers market season starts up again in less than two weeks! With my first year as a small business owner under my belt, I’ve made some exciting changes for this year, and I’m really looking forward to everything that my second year making handcrafted confitures will bring. In the meantime though, I made these homemade hamburger buns for our Memorial Day celebration, which I adapted slightly from King Arthur Flour’s recipe. After getting annoyed one too many times with the packaged buns available at the grocery store that are too small and soft to hold up to a decent burger, I decided that I had to try my hand at making my own. I was happy to find that it wasn’t very hard at all; you simply need to plan ahead to make sure you have the time to let the dough to rise. And, even if you’re not feeding a crowd, you can easily wrap up the leftover buns and pop them in the freezer for later. Enjoy, and have a happy and safe Memorial Day weekend!
Adapted from here.
- 3/4 cup lukewarm water
- 2 Tbsp butter, melted
- 1 egg plus 1 egg yolk
- 3 1/2 cups flour
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 Tbsp instant yeast
- 1 egg white plus 1 Tbsp water, for topping
- Sesame seeds, for topping
In the bowl of a stand mixer with the dough hook attached, combine all of the ingredients except the egg wash and seeds. Knead the dough for about 7 minutes on low speed. If the dough is too dry, add more water one tablespoon at a time until the dough comes together. If you’re not using a stand mixer, combine all the ingredients in a large bowl. Turn out the rough dough on to a floured surface, and knead the dough by hand for about 10 minutes. Once the dough is smooth and elastic, place it in a large greased bowl and let it rise until doubled in bulk, about 2 hours.
After the dough has risen, gently deflate it and divide it into 7-8 equal-sized pieces. Shape each piece into a smooth ball, and then place the pieces on a piece of parchment paper. Flatten each piece until a little over 3″ wide, and then cover the pieces and let them rise again for about an hour. After the second rise, preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Whisk together the egg white and water in a small bowl, and then brush the top of each bun. If desired, sprinkle with sesame seeds.
Bake 15-18 minutes or until golden brown. Let cool completely on a wire rack before slicing in half.
Use with your favorite burger, and enjoy!