Thursday 21 February 2013

Burguer Buns

I often repeat making bread at home is one of the most wonderful, rewarding things you can do. Preparing all the ingredients, kneading softly with your hands, discovering how the dough is taking consistency, keep looking how it grows impatiently and then, the wonderful smell coming from you oven. It is really a complete and therapeutic experience for any Saturday. However, the biggest pleasure comes when you taste them while being warm. And really, it is neither expensive nor exhausting, promise. 

The only thing you have to have is time and patience and they are, or should be, cheap ingredients, so there is no excuse to avoid making your own bread. These burger buns are one of the best recipes to start with, as they have no added difficulties if you follow the process and the result is amazing: you will not only have very soft and fluffy buns but also healthy ones made with olive oil instead of butter. Try it, you'll feel so proud of yourself once you've baked it…

Burger buns (6-7 units)

- 350g flour
- 1 egg
- 1 tablespoon salt
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 30g olive oil
- 10g baker's yeast
- 225ml milk

In a medium blow, whisk together the flour, salt and sugar. Add the egg and the half of the milk. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine the other half of the warm milk with the yeast and stir until it has combined. Add the olive oil and put into the flour. Stir with a fork until it’s lightly combined and then transfer the dough to your working surface, lightly floured. Knead the dough for 10 minutes. Return the dough in the bowl, covered with film and let it to prove for about one hour. 

Once the dough has been proving and has doubled in size, without kneading it too much, divide it in small pieces of about 75g each. Take each piece and give it round shape, flatten them lightly and put them in a baking sheet with parchment paper, covered with a kitchen cloth. Let them rise for 45 minutes. 

Preheat oven to 180º. Before baking them, brush the top of the buns with warm milk and sprinkle some poppy seeds or sesame seeds. Bake about 15 minutes until they are golden brown. Enjoy!

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