Homemade buns can turn ordinary burgers to a truly special meal. If you love burgers or high quality baked goods, this recipe is perfect for you. I love both, so I often make these tender buns with a lot of great flavor. I’ve been baking different kinds of breadstuffs for 3 years now and believe me, it’s not difficult at all. It doesn’t take too much time nor energy. And you know what you eat, so it’s worth the effort.
When I bake, I prefer to use spelt flour because it has a fairly stronger nutritional profile than wheat. It has fewer calories than wheat flour, it’s higher in protein and easily digested. Spelt is a good source of vitamin B2, niacin, manganese and fiber. Besides spelt, I use also oat, rye, barley and different kinds of gluten-free flours. I like to keep my diet balanced. Now let’s get back to the recipe!
- 1 cup lukewarm water
- 1/2 cup lukewarm milk
- 3 tsp active dry yeast
- 2 tbsp natural cane sugar
- 1 egg, lightly beaten
- 1/4 cup vegetable oil (I used rapeseed oil)
- 1 tbsp salt
- 4 1/2 cup spelt flour, plus more for kneading
- 1 egg, lightly beaten (for glazing)
- sesame seeds (for sprinkling)
- In a big bowl, mix together water, milk, yeast and sugar. Let stand until mixture is foamy, 10 to 15 minutes. Then stir in lightly beaten egg and oil.
- Stir in 4 cups of flour, mixing well with a wooden spoon after each addition. Add remaining 1/2 cup of flour and start to knead the dough, then turn it onto a floured surface. Continue kneading, adding more flour if needed, until the dough holds together (about 5 to 8 minutes).
- Place the dough back into big bowl and cover it with a clean tea towel. Let rise for about an hour or until doubled in size.
- Punch the risen dough down onto the floured surface and divide into 9-12 equal pieces. Shape each piece into a round ball and place on a baking tray lined with a sheet of parchment paper (keep a good distance between the buns). Let the buns rise just until nearly doubled in size, about 20 to 30 minutes.
- Preheat oven to 375 F/ 190°C.
- Brush the top of the buns with lightly beaten egg and sprinkle with some sesame seeds. Bake them for about 17 to 20 minutes or until golden-brown on top. Keep an eye on your burger buns during the baking, so they don’t over-bake.