Let us pretend that I didn’t write this post out, only to have my site crash and the original version of this post was lost for all of eternity.
Let us also pretend that I didn’t spend a good 40 minutes trying to get back on said website with no luck. And let us also pretend that in a miserable huff I did not relapse and end up wasting the majority of the day watching my guilty pleasure show Pretty Little Liars. A show that I hate by the way. But can’t stop watching, even after I swore it off after the end of the last season. Hence why I said I relapsed, as I am now all caught up on the current season. If there are any other PLL fans reading this feel free to email me with your theories. If you’re not a PLL fan, you are soo lucky.
Let us also once more pretend that I didn’t get this entire post written out again, and have the hydro go out just as I was about to hit publish. And I did not go stomping outside and shake my fist at the sky in a rage, yelling they have to know!
Ok I made the shaking the fist part up, but the rest of it I swear is true.
But I digress.
Today we’re talking about hamburger buns. And the nice thing about hamburger buns is they don’t lie over and over again. They don’t make you go crazy over unanswered questions and they don’t make you waste hours trying to figure them out. Because they’re easy peasy and straight forward, which is exactly what I need right now.
*Full disclosure: I thought I could beat the system and skip the egg wash. Which resulted in a third of my hamburger buns loosing all their sesame seeds, and being a bit pale. I learned and put the egg wash on the rest of them. And yes I can only do a third at a time because my oven is broken and I have to bake in my toaster oven. Which works well, but results in me only being able to bake 4 hamburger buns at a time.
Also please pretend you don’t see the dog hair, piece of leave, and pebble on my table.
I just really have no idea what happened there.
You Will Need:
3 cups of flour – I used all purpose white
1 cup of water
1 package of yeast or 2 1/4 teaspoons – I used instant
1 large egg
3 tablespoons butter
3 tablespoons white sugar or honey
1 1/4 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon milk
Sesame seeds as needed
- Place flour, water, yeast, egg, butter, sugar, and salt into the pan of a bread machine in the order listed by the manufacturer. For my bread machine that means liquid first then flour. Put on a dough cycle, then go sip wine and read a good book until the bread machine is finished. Or watch some ridiculous TV show, whatever gets ya going.
- Once finished, dump out onto a well floured surface and knead adding more flour if needed until smooth. This can take anywhere from 1/4 cup to 1/2 cup more flour. (I made these on a very humid day so I needed a fair amount of extra flour. If you’re in a drier climate you may not need as much flour).
- Divide into 12 equal(ish) portions and shape into balls.
- Mix the extra egg and tablespoon of milk together in a small bowl and dip each ball into the egg wash mixture. Sprinkle sesame seeds onto a plate (or counter top if you’re messy like me) and squish each dough ball into the seeds. When I say squish I mean squish. Flatten them with the heel of your hand, then place onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper (or greased).
- Let rise in a warm place for an hour
- Bake at 375°F for 15-17 minutes, or until golden on top.
- Allow to cool on a wire rack then slice in half.
See I told you they were easy! And much better than the store bought variety, if I do say so myself!
*Recipe adapted from here