…and they can, of course, be used for school lunches too.
These homemade whole wheat buns are easy to make, just need a little patience and time, and are excellent for Friday night burgers, Saturday breakfast or just a little evening snack with cheese.
Homemade bread is so much better, healthier and more tasting than store-bought!
Just a word of caution – bread and buns are not a fast dinner, as you need to consider mixing ingredients and then the magical rising of the dough.
- 3 1/2 cups white whole wheat flour
- 1 bag of instant yeast
- 1 1/2 teaspoon salt (I barely use salt, but recognize that some salt is needed)
- 1 1/4 cup warm water
- 3 tablespoons honey
- 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 1 egg
For the top finish
- 1 egg
- 1 tablespoon water
- 2 tablespoons sesame seeds
Let’s get baking
You need to dig out some tools for baking such as a large mixing machine, bowls, measuring cups and of course, all the ingredients list above. It just makes it a smoother and easier process to get these buns ready.
- In the bowl of the mixer, pour in the wholewheat flour, salt, and the yeast, and gently mix these ingredients. Once mixed, set it aside.
- Gently warm up the water and honey, either in a small pot or nuke it in the microwave. It should not be boiling, just warm, to around 120-125 F degrees
- Add the water-honey mixture to the flour mixture, and start mixing it
- Gently whisk the egg in a small bowl
- Add the whisked egg and oil to the flour mix, and let it come together
- You may need to add a little more flour or water, to get it the right consistency.
- Knead the dough on low speed for around 7-8 minutes using the dough hook
- The dough should be a little sticky, but not sticking to the bowl sides, and it should be easy to get off the dough hook.
- Cover the mixing bowl with a kitchen towel and keep at a warm place for 1-2 hours or until double in size.
- TIP! Preheat the oven to 200 F degrees and switch if off once it reaches 200F, and place the dough inside the oven (with the oven being off) and let it rise there.
- Once the dough reaches the desired size (about double), smack it back down to release the trapped air.
- Prepare a baking tray covered with baking paper
- Divide the dough into the desired buns sizes. you should get about 8-10 buns.
- Place the buns on the baking tray, and leave 2-3 inches free space to allow for the buns to rise further … and they will.
- Cover the tray and buns with the kitchen towel and let them rise for another hour, or at least until they have increased in size again.
- While buns are rising, preheat oven to 400 F degrees.
- Grab a small bowl and mix the egg and the water together
- Gently brush the buns with the egg mixture, and sprinkle the sesame seeds on top
- Bake the buns for 10-12 minutes in the middle of the oven
How do you know when the buns are done?
Here’s a trick I learned when I was working as a baker assistant many moons ago.
You simply lift the bread or bun and gently tap it on the bottom with a knuckle or wooden spoon. If it sounds hollow, then it’s done.
Just remember that, before picking up the bread or buns, they are still warm!
All in all, you could easily spend 3+ hours making these buns. However, this is well worth it and you will have ample of time to do other stuff while the buns a rising.
Your family and friends will totally appreciate your efforts at your next burger night or BBQ event!
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