The chooks (laying hens) practically stopped laying eggs this winter, so bread making had to be adjusted. This super easy and relatively quick recipe is officially to make burger buns, but creativity can turn them into hot dog buns, loaf bread, or slice thin and broil with cheese and/or garlic butter or make mini-pizzas. Cut smaller rounds for cocktail buns. Recipe modified from the original found in the very helpful “Dining On A Dime” cookbook.
Try to use homegrown, local, or organic ingredients whenever possible. There are several search sites online to help you find sources near your home.
Easy Hamburger Buns
5-6 cups flour (preferably unbleached white and/or stone ground – using 100% stone-ground can affect how high the buns rise)
2 pkgs or 2 Tablespoons yeast
1 cup milk (organic or local, real (raw) from cows grazing on pasture)
3/4 cup water
1/2 cup oil ( i use olive oil if i use oil, but mostly i use home made applesauce)
1/4 cup sugar (organically grown cane to avoid GMO)
1 Tablespoon salt (Real salt)
butter, melted (same as milk)
Stir together 2 cups flour and yeast. In a saucepan over medium, heat milk, water, oil, sugar, and salt to very warm (120ºF-130ºF/50ºC-55ºC). Add liquid all at once to flour mixture Beat until smooth (about 2 minutes) on medium speed with electric mixer or 300 strokes by hand. Add enough additional flour to make a soft dough; mix well. Let rest 10 minutes. Roll out on a well-floured surface to 1/2 inch thickness. Cut with 3-inch round cutter (or rim of glass). Place rounds on greased baking sheets. Let rise in warm place (80ºF/27ºC) for 30 minutes. Preheat oven to 425ºF (230ºC) and bake 12-15 minutes or until lightly browned. Brush melted butter on the tops whilst still warm. Make 12-20 buns. (depending on how thick you cut them). For burger buns, I like at least 15, otherwise it’s just more bread than one needs to make a nice sandwich.
Substitutions and ideas:
I use 1/2 cup of prepared applesauce instead of olive oil.
Add 1/2 cup of ground seeds (i’ve used chia, but flax, sesame, or hemp would likely work as well)
Try 1/2 and 1/2 with unbleached white flour and stone-ground whole wheat.
I warm the oven for about 10 minutes, then turn it off and place the buns inside to rise. However, this slows down the process, because they need to be taken out before preheating the oven for baking.