Serve these great-tasting homemade buns with pulled pork, burgers, beef barbecue, chicken salad, or other sandwich fillings.
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Rising Time: 2 hours, 30 minutes
Total Time: 3 hours, 5 minutes
Yield: 12 to 14 3-Inch Hamburger Buns
- 1 cup water, warm, about 95° to 105°
- 1/4 cup milk, warm
- 2 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast
- 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
- 3 cups bread flour, about 14 ounces
- 2/3 cup all-purpose flour, about 3 ounces
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 3 tablespoons butter, softened
- 1 large egg
- 1 large egg, beaten with 1 tablespoon cold water
- white or black sesame seeds or poppy seeds
- In a 2-cup measure or small bowl, combine the warm water and milk. Stir in the yeast and sugar and let stand for 4 to 5 minutes.
- In a mixing bowl, combine the flours and salt, whisking to blend thoroughly. Add the pieces of butter and work in with a pastry blender or fingers until the mixture is crumbly.
- In another bowl, beat 1 egg. Add to the flour mixture along with the yeast mixture. Stir until moistened.
- Remove the dough to a floured surface and knead for 8 to 10 minutes, adding more flour if needed. You want the sdough to be soft but not too sticky to handle. Use a stand mixer with a dough hook if you have one.
- Shape the dough into a ball and put in a large buttered bowl. Turn the dough so it is buttered all over. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and let stand in a warm, draft-free place until doubled, about 1 1/2 hours.
- Divide the dough into about 12 to 14 portions around 2 ounces each and shape into balls. Arrange on parchment-lined baking sheets about 2 inches apart. Cover loosely with a clean dish towel or plastic wrap and let rise in a warm, draft-free place for about 1 hour.
- Place a pan on the oven floor and fill with about an inch of hot water. Preheat the oven to 400°.
- Before baking, brush the buns with the beaten egg and water mixture. Sprinkle with sesame seeds or poppy seeds, if desired.
- Bake for about 15 minutes, or until golden brown.
- Cool on racks.
- To serve, cut the buns in half crosswise and toast lightly, if desired. Serve with burgers, pulled pork, beef barbecue, sloppy Joes, or other sandwich fillings.
- Makes 12 to 14 hamburger buns.