Over the years, I’ve tried several recipes for homemade sandwich buns. They were all okay, but I never became loyal to a single recipe. Too dry, too chewy, too time consuming, too sweet, too tough. I think that just might have changed… and here’s why:
Oh my yum. These are the best sandwich buns I have ever made!! They are soft and fluffy, but substantial enough to hold drippy, savory, spicy pulled pork [recipe coming soon!] or even a store-bought chicken patty, just like you enjoyed at lunch in 5th grade [gasp! My guilty pleasure, purchased by my sweet husband as I freak out about finishing my thesis.]. For this batch, I used about 1/3 whole wheat flour, but plan to try to increase that gradually as I make them in the future for even more of a nutty, hearty sandwich bun.
And you know what’s awesome about these sandwich buns? They come together so quickly that they are totally do-able on a weeknight so you don’t have to suffer through tasteless, dry, papery store-bought buns, thanks to an abundance of yeast [fyi this is NOT a packet of yeast, but 2 tablespoons]. No sireebob. You can even make these while writing a master’s thesis, they’re that easy. I’m definitely gonna be making them again soon and think you should too… even if you’re scared of yeast. Just pay attention to the measurements and the temperature of the water. And use fresh yeast… that is VIP!
- 2 tablespoons active dry yeast
- 1 cup + 2 tablespoons warm water [110-115 degrees F]
- 1/3 cup canola oil + more for brushing
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup whole wheat flour
- 2 – 2 1/2 cups bread flour
- 1 tablespoon vital wheat gluten
- 1 tablespoon poppy seeds
In the bowl of a stand mixer, dissolve the yeast in warm water. Pour in 1/3 cup oil and sugar, then stir and let rest for 5 minutes.
Add egg, salt, whole wheat flour, 2 cups bread flour, and vital wheat gluten. Using the dough hook, let mixer knead the mixture on medium speed for 3-5 minutes until a soft dough is formed. Add up to 1/2 cup more flour if the dough seems too wet or sticky.
Next, immediately divide dough into 8 pieces. The best way to go about this is to divide dough in half, then divide each piece in half again [making 4 pieces total], then divide each of those pieces in half again. Roll into a ball, then place 3 inches apart on greased or lined [with parchment paper/Silpat] baking sheets. Brush with oil and sprinkle with poppy seeds.
Cover with a damp towel and let rise for 30 minutes. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 425 degrees. After dough is finished rising, bake for 8-12 minutes or until golden brown. Remove to cooling racks until cool. Store in covered container for up to a week.
Time: 60 minutes total time, 15 minutes active time.
Yield: 8 servings.
Linked with: Weekend Potluck.