Perfect Hamburger Buns

Baking hamburger buns was in my to do list for the longest time but for some reason it never happened. My kiddo loves chicken burger and it was always McDonald for the weekend for him. But after reading a few negative reviews about the McDonald, I somehow managed to convince him for not eating at the outlet so often and promised to make burgers for him at home. I also made a note to make the hamburger buns at home to make the burgers. And finally yesterday, I made these super soft and most probably the best buns we have eaten in recent times. Although the buns were very soft ( and we ate half of them slathered with butter and nutella ), they made a very nice and sturdy base for the chicken patties and veggies. This recipe is going to stay with me for a long time. Do give it a try .

All you need is

Milk – 1 and 1/4 cup
Unsalted butter – 2 and 1/2 tbsp
Sugar – 2 tbsp
Active dry yeast – 2 and 1/4 tsp
Bread flour – 3 and 1/2 cup ( If bread flour is not available, use 3 and 14 cup all purpose flour and 14 cup wheat gluten. )
Egg – 1
Salt – 1 tsp
Milk – 1/4 cup ( for brushing on top )
Sesame seeds – 2 tbsp ( for sprinkling ton top )

Method of preparation

Mix milk, unsalted butter and sugar in a bowl.
Heat till the butter is dissolved.
Keep aside and cool till warm to touch.
Add yeast.
Keep aside for 10 minutes.
Meanwhile add bread flour and salt in a mixing bowl.
Add the milk mixture in the mixing bowl.
Add egg and mix to make a sticky dough.
Take out the dough on a lightly floured surface and keep kneading with the heel of your hands for 10-12 minutes. ( Kneading is the key guys. Do not compromise on this step )
If using a stand mixer, knead on medium speed for 6-8 minutes )
Lightly oil a bowl and transfer the dough in the bowl.
Cover the bowl with a moist cloth and keep it in a warm place for 2 hours, till the dough doubles in size.
Lightly punch the dough and knead on the counter for a minute.
Divide the dough into 10-12 equal pieces.
Lightly oil your work surface and roll each piece into a ball on it.
Keep the balls on a parchment lined tray and cover with a cling wrap.
Keep in a warm place for an hour.

Pre heat the oven to 180 degrees C.
Set the oven on TOAST MODE where both the heating elements with work. ( In my oven it is represented by two parallel lines )
Brush the surface of the buns with milk and sprinkle sesame seeds on top.
Position the tray in the middle half of the oven.
Bake the burgers for 15 – 20 minutes, till they are golden brown from the top.
Remove from the oven and cool.

You can eat them as such, smeared with some butter or Nutella or make burgers.

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