What’s that you say? You want hamburgers but you’re out of buns? Don’t go to the store and buy bread full of chemicals and preservatives, give this great recipe for 1 hour buns a try!
Ingredients you will need:
- 3 1/2 cups All Purpose Flour
- 1 cup Warm Water – about 110 degrees
- 3 tablespoons Sugar
- 3 tablespoons Butter, melted
- 1 large Egg
- 1 1/4 teaspoon Salt
- 2 1/4 teaspoons, or one envelope, SAF Yeast (also known as rapid rise)
Later, you will also need:
- 1 additional Egg
- 1 tablespoon of Water or Milk
- 1/8 to 1/4 cup Sesame Seeds
Fit your stand mixer with the dough hook and add your flour, yeast, sugar, and salt. Give it a good mix together and then add your water, egg, and butter. Mix on low for 1 to 2 minutes, or until things just start to combine.
When it looks something like this, continue to beat on low, or speed 2, for 5 to 6 minutes. It will be a somewhat sticky dough and look something like this:
Dampen a couple paper towels or a lint free kitchen towel and drape over your bowl, let the dough rest for 10 minutes. In the meantime, line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone mat.
After ten minutes, turn your dough out onto a floured work surface and pat or roll into a rectangular shape. The dimensions of this rectangle are not crucial, but you will want to divide it into 8 relatively equal pieces.
You can either choose to weigh each piece, or wing it, and roll into a ball and then try to flatten for more surface area. Lay the buns out on your pan in a 2-1-2-1-2 formation. Ideally, you’ll want the buns to bake slightly touching each other to give it the store bought feel.
Notice that the buns are close, but not yet touching. Honestly, they could have used to have been a smidge closer, but I digress.
Cover loosely with plastic wrap and let rise in a warm, draft free area for approximately 30 minutes, or until noticeably puffier. I’d not go as far as to say doubled, but you get the idea.
Preheat your oven to 375 degrees.
In a small bowl, mix your additional egg and your either 1 tablespoon of water or milk (to break the egg up) and mix together. Very gently take a pastry brush and coat the tops of your buns evenly. Be very careful to not deflate them. Sprinkle with sesame seeds.
Bake in your 375 degree oven for about 15 to 17 minutes, or until nice and golden. Be sure to not under-bake as it can leave the buns a bit chewy.
Once finished baking, let cool on the sheet for 5 minutes and then move to a cooling rack. We move them to a cooling rack to avoid condensation on the bottom of the buns, making them soggy. Nobody likes soggy buns!
Once completely cooled, cut in half, slap a burger on them, and enjoy!