The recipe does take a little time to make, but it's simple and straightforward. If you're in a hurry, you can speed up the rise time by preheating your oven for one minute, then turning the heat off and putting the dough in the oven to rise. That's my no-fail trick when I need bread to rise quickly. Some day I'll be super rich and buy my own proofing oven, but until then, it works. :)
These hamburger buns turned out so good that I think I really may just make all of our buns from scratch from here on out. I have had many a conversation with my husband about the failings of the buns at the grocery store (I'm sure he's thrilled by all of these conversations...) and I really haven't found any store-bought buns that can hold a candle to these babies. Homemade for the win!
Homemade Hamburger Buns
3 tablespoons warm milk
1 cup warm water
2 teaspoons yeast
2 1/2 tablespoons sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
2 large eggs, divided
2 1/2 tablespoons butter, melted
3 1/3 cups flour (more as needed)
1 teaspoon sesame seeds
In a large bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer, stir together the milk, water, yeast, and sugar. Let sit five minutes, or until bubbly and foamy. Add the salt, one egg, butter, and two cups of flour, and mix until combined. Add additional flour, 1/3 cup at a time, until the dough pulls away from the sides of the bowl and comes together into a ball. The dough should be slightly sticky to the touch, but should roll into a ball if rolled between your thumb and finger. Move the dough to a greased bowl, cover, and let rise one hour, or until doubled.
After the dough has risen, gently deflate it and divide into twelve equal portions. Roll each piece of dough into a ball, then flatten the ball slightly with your hand. Place on a baking sheet lined with silicone or parchment. Repeat with remaining dough. Cover and let rise for one hour, or until doubled.
Add a pan full of water to the bottom rack of the oven. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Whisk together the remaining egg with 1 teaspoon of water, then brush the egg mixture over the buns. Sprinkle with sesame seeds. Bake 15 minutes, or until golden brown.
adapted from Smitten Kitchen via Annie's Eats