When I saw that this month's Twelve Loaves challenge was to do something basic, I actually got really excited! Sometimes I get so caught up in "What crazy elaborate hard thing can I attempt next?!?!?!" that some of the really basic things that I want to try get left on the back-back-back burner. So this month I finally tried my hand at making homemade hamburger buns! I wanted something super easy and simple. Not fussy in any way.
Quick and Easy Whole Wheat Hamburger Buns (slightly adapted from Taste of Home) Yields 6 big buns
2 TBSP active dry yeast
1 cup + 2 TBSP warm water (110-115 degrees)
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1/4 cup sugar
1 tsp salt
2.5 cups whole wheat flour
1 cup all purpose flour
In a large bowl, stir the yeast into the warm water.
Add the oil and sugar; let stand 5 minutes.
Add the egg, salt, the whole wheat flour and enough of the all purpose flor to form a soft dough.
Turn the dough onto a floured surface and knead until smooth and elastic (about 3-5 minutes).
Divide into 6 pieces and shape each piece into a ball.
Preheat oven to 425F.
Place 3" apart on a greased baking sheet, cover, and let rest for 10 minutes.
Bake for 8-12 minutes, or until golden brown.
Remove to wire racks to cool.
** Optional: before placing the buns in the oven you can brush egg white on top and sprinkle some sesame seeds or dried onion flakes on top.