Homemade French Buns
We love homemade buns and this recipe is actually my upgraded version of the hamburger bun recipe I posted back in 2010. Now it is quicker to make so many different variations of bread, rolls, buns, flatbreads, pizza crusts and breadsticks since I've been playing around with my French Baguette recipe. Virtually every time I end up with the softest and fluffiest breads. It is nearly impossible to mess this up.
I have experimented using different flours, grains, seeds, herbs and oils all year. I've made this recipe into different shapes and sizes as well. The sesame is our favorite I think for sandwiches. Try loading this up with your favorite fresh picked garden produce and it is really a winner. I love sliced avacado, heirloom tomatoes and crispy garden grown greens. Add some thinly sliced red onion and hopefully some of your own canned sliced pickles and there you go!
These buns are bursting with delicious sesame flavor!
Makes Eight Nice Big Buns
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees and lightly oil a nice big jelly roll pan or baking sheet.
1 1/2 cup warm tap water
2 tbsp. of active dry yeast
2 tbsp. raw organic pure can sugar
3 1/2 cup unbleached organic flour (my fav is Hodgson Mill) All purpose Natural White
A good pinch of kosher salt
A drizzle of pure sesame seed oil (about a teaspoon) more or less to taste
a couple tbsp. of milk
In your warm mixing bowl, add the water, yeast and sugar. Lightly stir with a wire whisk just until it is combined. Cover the bowl with plastic and then cover over it with a heavy towel. Set your timer for 20 minutes. Your starter will be nice and frothy.
Next add the flour, salt and oil. Mix this with your dough hook until the dough pulls away from the sides of the bowl.
Pat the dough with your hands just to form a ball and place it it a lightly oiled bowl. Turn the dough ball around in the bowl so it is lightly coated by the oil. Place the same plastic over the bowl and the towel and turn your timer on for 20 minutes to let it rise.
Next dump the dough ball out onto a lightly floured surface and divide it into eight pieces. Take each piece and shape it into a ball first by patting it and then press it out into a nice round flat shape. Place each piece onto your lightly oiled baking sheet. Cover with just the towel. Turn your timer on for 20 minutes to let it rise.
After the timer goes off, lightly brush the tops of each bun with milk. Sprinkle on the sesame seeds and very lightly pat them on the top to ensure they stick well.
Place them in your hot oven and turn the timer on for 15 minutes. When they are done take them off the pan right away and onto a wire rack to cool.
When your ready to make your yummy sandwich just simply slice them or eat them warm just by themselves!
Happy Gardening and Happy Bread Making!