Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Sourdough Honey Wheat Hamburger Buns


Apropos of the upcoming Memorial Day festivities this month's Sourdough Surprise is hamburger buns.  Brilliant!  I had intended to have some veggie burgers on hand to showcase the buns but I totally waited till the last minute for this one and lacked all the necessary ingredients to throw a batch together.  Never mind 'cause these buns were just perfect for a scrambled egg and cheese sandwich and I bet they would be just as good with anything you cared to stick in the middle of them!

I started with the tried and true KAF recipe and made a few moderations, such as adding wheat germ and honey which became the eponymous ingredients.  I also used black sesame seeds just to bring these babies into the new century, although, warning: teeth check required!  They turned out tender and delicious and I can testify that I will be making these again and I might even spring for some local organic, grass fed ground beef, now that would be some hamburger!

sourdough  honey wheat hamburger buns

1 & 1/2 to 2 cups King Arthur bread flour
2 tablespoon wheat germ
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup sourdough starter
1 egg (plus some for brushing)
1/2 cup warm water (or milk, I used half of each)
1 & 1/2 tablespoons melted butter
1 teaspoon yeast
1 tablespoon honey 
2 tablespoons black sesame seeds 

In a stand mixer, fitted with a dough hook, combine flour, wheat germ and salt.  In a medium bowl whisk together, egg, water (or milk), butter, yeast and honey.  Add liquid to bowl and mix to combine.  Knead until smooth.

Transfer dough to a buttered bowl, cover and let rise 2 to 3 hours or until doubled in bulk.  Punch down dough and divide into 8 equal portions.  Roll each portion into a ball, place on parchment lined cookie sheet and flatten to about 3 inches.  Cover and let rise 1 hour.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Brush with egg wash and sprinkle with sesame seeds.  Bake for 18 minutes or until buns are golden.  Cool on wire rack.


 



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13 comments:

  1. I love how the black sesame seeds look on top of those buns - lovely contrast to the bright colour of the buns.

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    1. Thanks, they added a nice texture and flavor as well!

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  2. I have never baked with wheat germ before, should give it a try. The buns look great! Love the last picture.

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    1. Thanks, yes, give it a try! I use it on yogurt, oatmeal, put in smoothies, it's great stuff!

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  3. Lovely!! I bet these would be awesome as an egg sandwich! Yum! :) Love those awesome poppy seeds on them, too!

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    1. Thanks GW! Have I told you lately how much I love Sourdough Surprises!!

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  4. Gorgeous buns! I kept meaning to make a black bean burger to showcase mine. Yeah.. It's been weeks since I made my buns and still haven't gotten around to those bean burgers.

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  5. I have so been craving a veggie burger, ha ha! What are we waiting for? Let's do it!!

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  6. Oh my mouth is watering - these look so great! Love the black sesame seeds on top.

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    1. Thanks Korena, I'm trying your knots next time!

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  7. Oooh, I've never tried wheat germ in bread - just added it to my shopping list! They look fantastic!

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    1. Thanks, I'm a huge fan of wheat germ!

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  8. Yummy! The sesame seeds add a nice touch. And that egg and cheese sandwich looks so good indeed :)

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