Blessed is the woman whose husband can cook! Isn’t that a Bible verse? Maybe not, but it is still true…
Dear Hubby’s Burger Buns (Brioche style)
Makes eight 4 to 5-inch burger buns
4 tablespoons warm milk
2 teaspoons active dry yeast
2 tablespoons sugar
2 large eggs
3 cups bread flour (this will make a lighter texture)
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
3 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
Sesame seeds or Poppy seeds (optional)
- In a small bowl, combine one cup warm water (approx. 100 degrees), the milk, yeast and sugar. Let stand until foamy, about five minutes. While waiting, beat one egg and set aside.
- In a large bowl, whisk flours with salt. Add butter and stir with a heavy spoon, stir in yeast mixture and beaten egg until a dough forms. At this point, you can move onto a clean, well-floured surface and knead by hand or you can do what I usually do and place into a stand mixer with a dough hook attachment. Kneading by hand will take 8 to 10 minutes. The stand mixer will take 4 to 5. Knead or mix until dough remains sticky to the touch. If you feel that you have to add either flour or water, just add very small amounts at a time (a quarter teaspoon of water or a half of a teaspoon of flour). The more sticky the dough, the lighter and more airy the buns will turn out!
- After kneading or mixing, remove dough and place it in a lightly greased bowl. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and let rise in a warm place until doubled in bulk, one to two hours.
- Line a baking sheet (I used a large pizza pan) with parchment paper. Divide dough into 8 equal parts. Roll each into a ball and place about 1 to 2 inches apart on the parchment lined baking sheet. Let buns rise in a warm place for one to two hours. They will be about double in size
- Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees. Place one rack in the middle and another rack 3 to 4 inches below. On the lower rack, place a shallow metal baking pan (during pre-heating). When buns are fully risen, beat remaining egg with one tablespoon water and lightly brush tops of buns. Sprinkle with Sesame or Poppy seeds, if desired. Right before placing buns into the oven, add approx. 2 cups of cool water to pre-heated metal baking pan. Bake approx. 7 to 8 minutes then turn baking sheet 180 degrees and bake for another 7 to 8 minutes until tops turn a golden brown. Total bake time is approx. 15 to 18 minutes. When finished, transfer to a rack and cool completely.
Note: When you rotate the buns half way through baking, lightly mist them with clean cool water using a basic spray bottle. This helps to form a light crust.