If you would like to bump up the taste of your sandwiches or burgers- make homemade buns! Not only will you love the taste, you can also know that you are going to end up with a much more natural and healthier product than something similar that you might buy at the grocery store.
Just take a look at the ingredients found in this brand of Hamburger Buns! (Wheat Flour, Water, High Fructose Corn Syrup Or Sugar, Yeast, Soybean Oil. Contains 2% Or Less Of: Wheat Gluten, Salt, Barley Malt, Datem, Mono- And Diglycerides, Calcium Sulfate, Calcium Propionate (To Retain Freshness), Monocalcium Phosphate, Calcium Carbonate, Sodium Stearoyl Lactylate, Soy Flour, Vinegar, Sorbic Acid, Ethoxylated Mono- And Diglycerides, Enzymes, Whey, Yeast Nutrients (Ammonium Chloride, Ammonium Sulfate), Ferrous Sulfate (Iron), “B” Vitamins [Niacin, Thiamine Mononitrate (B1), Riboflavin (B2), Folic Acid)],Wheat Starch, Soy Lecithin, Azodicarbonamide, Calcium Dioxide. If Topped, Also Contains Sesame Seeds Or Cornmeal. Contains: Wheat, Milk And Soy.)
That is a LOT of add-ins! And for all that, I don’t even think most store- bought buns or sandwich breads even taste that good!
Well, this recipe is very easy and the buns are delicious.
These are very similar to another recipe for Homemade Sandwich Buns that I have posted. However I wanted to add in some other grains to make a healthier bread- and I love the way it has turned out. I make these often- whether it is for your typical PB&J or grilled cheese sandwich or a juicy burger or pulled pork sandwich…or even toasted with some butter and honey for breakfast! These buns also store very well. Keep tightly covered and they will remain tasty for several days.
The directions for this recipe are the way that I do it using my bread machine for making the dough. Obviously, you can adjust the directions if you are making the dough with a mixer or by hand.
- 1 cup warm water
- 2 Tbs. butter- cut into slices
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1 large egg
- 1 cup Old-Fashioned Oats
- 1 cup all-purpose White flour
- 1 1/4 cups White Wheat flour
- 1/8 cup whole ground flax seed meal
- 1 tsp. salt
- 1 heaping Tbs. instant yeast
Add the water, butter, honey and egg to the bread machine.
Next, pour in the oats. (this allows the oats to soak in some of the water before the mixing begins)
Now add the rest of the ingredients. (flours, flax, salt, and yeast)
Start the dough cycle. (which mixes the dough and allows it to rise)
** HINT** Take a look at the dough after a couple of minutes of mixing. If the dough looks too sticky, add in a little more white flour (about 1 Tbs. at a time- I sometimes need to add 1 or 2 Tbs.) until the dough no longer clings to the sides. It should move around freely in a “ball” as it mixes. It should look more smooth, not sticky.
When that cycle is completed, remove dough and gently pat onto a lightly floured cutting board. You are just patting it out- no need to roll. It doesn’t have to be perfectly ‘flat’
Using a sharp knife, cut the dough into pieces. You should get between 8 and 10 pieces.
Shape these into buns by gently folding the ‘corners’ , which will make a round roll.
Place on a baking sheet greased with butter. I usually only get about 6 to a sheet, so that they have plenty of room to rise.
Gently press down on each bun to flatten slightly.
Allow to rise for about 30 more minutes.
Bake at 375 for 10 minutes, or until the bottoms are starting to brown.
Remove from sheet to wire rack.
Melt 2 Tbs. butter and brush onto the tops