Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Homemade Slider Buns

I tried to recreate the slider buns from Food Buzz.  They turned out really well, although I let them rise a little too long and they kind of fell a little bit.  They had a perfect golden brown color and are perfect for a burger or any filling you can think of.  

1 cup water
3 tablespoons warm milk
2 teaspoons active dry yeast
2 1/2 tablespoons sugar
2 large eggs, whisked separately
3 cups bread flour
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
2 1/2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
Sesame seeds (optional)

Warm the milk and the water in the microwave for about 30 seconds, you do not want to boil the liquid just warm it up.  Add the sugar and the yeast and lightly stir.  Cover with plastic wrap and let sit for 5 minutes or so, until the mixture starts to foam.  

In a separate bowl mix together the salt, all-purpose flour and bread flour.  Add the butter and pinch into the flour until it is crumby and completely incorporated into the flour. 

 Slowly add the egg and yeast mixture and stir together to make a rough dough.  

Put onto counter and knead. The recipe from food buzz said to use as little extra flour as possible to keep from sticking.  I used a dough scraper, but I still had to use some extra dough. 

 Knead for 8 to 10 minutes.  

Place into a large bowl and cover with plastic wrap and let double in size, about 2 hours.  

After it has doubled in size gently put it back on to the counter and use your dough scraper to separate the dough into about 20 pieces.  Gently roll them into small spheres and put them on a baking sheet with parchment paper.  

Cover them with generously oiled plastic wrap and let rise for another 1-2 hours.  

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

Brush the tops of the dough with the second whisked egg and a tablespoon of water.  Top with sesame seeds.

Bake for about 15 minutes until they are golden brown, turning once during the middle of the baking.

Immediately move them to a wire wrack to cool.

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