Thursday, May 10, 2012

Seeded Hamburger Buns


6 ounces lukewarm water
1 large egg
1 ounce butter or oil
7/8 ounce sugar
2 tablespoons sesame seeds whole golden flax seeds or Everything Bread and Bagel Topping
2 teaspoons instant yeast
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon onion powder, optional
11 ½ ounces King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
2 tablespoons Everything Bread and Bagel Topping or whole flax seeds
1 large egg white, or Quick Shine spray


1) To make the dough: Combine all of the dough ingredients, and mix and knead them, by hand, mixer, or bread machine, to make a soft dough.

2) Place the dough in a lightly greased bowl, cover, and let it rise in a warm place for an hour, until it's almost doubled in size.

3) Turn the dough out onto a lightly greased surface, flatten it slightly, and divide it into 6 pieces, each weighing about 3 1/2 to 4 ounces.

4) Roll each piece into a ball.

5) Place balls into the greased cups of a hamburger bun pan, flattening gently.

6) Cover and let rise until the buns have doubled in size. Towards the end of the rising time, preheat the oven to 375°F.

7) Bake the buns for 10 minutes. Remove them from the oven, brush with lightly beaten egg white (or spray with Quick Shine) and sprinkle with seed topping; do this quickly, or the seeds won't stick!

8) Return the buns to the oven and bake for 5 to 8 minutes, until they're golden brown. Remove from the oven, and cool on a rack.

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