Homemade Buns

I've been on a mission to find the best homemade buns for burgers and sandwiches as there seems to be a lot of unpronounceable ingredients in the packaged versions. These are far and away the winners!  A lot of others are too dense or yeast tasting.  They're light and fluffy and just as good the next day.  Try it for yourself!

1 1/2 cup warm water
2 Tbsp. of active dry yeast
2 tbsp. sugar
  2 1/2 cup white flour
1 cup bread flour
A pinch of kosher salt
A drizzle of sesame seed oil (about a teaspoon)
Sesame Seeds and 2 Tbsp milk (if want to top them with seeds)
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.  Lightly oil a baking sheet.
Warm mixing bowl in oven for a few minutes.
In 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 set 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.
Bake for 15 minutes. When they are done take them off the pan right away and onto a wire rack to cool.

Adapted from: http://thymesquaregarden.blogspot.com/2012/04/french-sesame-buns.html

Nichole Porath

Nichole is a blogger, elite level runner, and coach. She ran professionally for Brooks for two years after qualifying for the 2012 US Olympic Marathon Trials. During that time she founded TNC endurance, where she coaches and motivationally speaks to organizations large and small. This blog details her rise to national-level racing, and continues to follow her as she gets back into racing after starting a family. Read on, friends!

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