SWEET BURGER ROLLS
Time to talk burgers. A juicy beef burger straight off the barbecue is my idea of heaven if done well. However what is overlooked when making burgers is the bun. This for me is as important as the meat that goes inside. Therefore pick your bun carefully, I always prefer a rounder bun with a bit of height and texture, not the large, flat and super soft rolls from the supermarket.
For me a brioche bun or a crusty roll would be my bun of choice if I was buying off the shelf. But if i've got the time, I will always make these sweet burger buns. Easier than making a traditional brioche buns, but the enriched dough still offers that sweet and fluffy texture, with a crisp brown crust.
- 500g White Bread Flour
- 7g Sachet Of Yeast
- 275ml Milk (Whole/ Semi-Skimmed)
- 50g Unsalted Butter (Diced)
- 2 Medium Eggs (Lightly Beaten, Reserving 1 For The Egg Wash)
- 75g Golden Caster Sugar
- 1Tsp Salt
- 4 Tbsp Honey (Glazing)
- 4 Tsp Sesame Seeds
Bring the milk to a lukewarm, temperature but do not boil. Remove from the heat and add the butter a stir until it melts..
Mix the flour, yeast, sugar and salt in a big bowl. Mix the milk mixture and the 1 beaten egg into the dry ingredients with a wooden spoon.
Tip onto a lightly flour dusted surface and knead for 10 minutes until smooth.
Lightly grease a mixing bowl with some oil. Put the dough back in, cover with a clean tea towel and leave in a warm place to rise until doubled in size, usually around 1 hour.
Knock back the dough to get the air out. Cut the dough into 8 even pieces (use a weighing scales if you like). Roll each piece into a ball and sit on two flour-dusted baking sheets spaced out, as they will need space to rise.
Cover the dough again with a plastic bag and leave to prove in a warm area until doubled in size again, roughly a further 1 hour. Preheat your oven to 200°C (180°C fan, gas mark 6).
Use a fork to beat together 1 egg and honey. Brush all over each bun, then sprinkle with the seeds. Bake the rolls for 18-20 minutes or until golden. If you tap the base of a roll it should sound hollow. Cool on a wire rack.