But since I'm in the works with lowering my grocery budget, (the posts are coming soon!), I've been making more things from scratch to save some money.
I've noticed that the foods we go through the most like milk, cheese, eggs, bread, etc. are the most expensive. One of our favorite loaves of bread is roughly FIVE to SIX dollars! Ain't nobody got money for that!
Unless you're like rich. Then most likely your funds are sufficient for your bread needs.
This was my first experience at making these buns, and I honestly thought It would be the most difficult thing in the entire world, and I would have the hardest time convincing you guys to try it. I will say that there are a few steps, and it takes some time, BUT....
My husband told me it was the BEST burger i've ever made! This is huge my friends! I don't consider myself a very good 'manly meat' cooker. I've tried to make steak and burgers for my husband, but he's very particular and doesn't like his steak like a leather wallet.
That picky man.
So knowing that he had 2 large chicken burgers made me feel like I was on cloud nine! But don't worry...
My two year old threw that confidence feeling right out the window when she told me she wouldn't eat bread that had little bugs on it...while chucking it across the kitchen table.
GEEZE! Haters gonna HATE!
Well, more carbs for me.
- 2 1/4 tsp. yeast
- 2 TB. warm water
- 4 TB. melted butter or coconut oil
- 1 TB. honey
- 1 1/2 c. milk room temperature, whole milk or full fat coconut milk
- 1 egg, room temperature
- 2 cups (+) bread flour
- 2 cups (+) whole wheat pastry flour
- 1 tsp. salt
- olive oil
- (For the egg wash)
- 1 egg + 1 tsp. water
- sesame seeds, or other preferred toppings
- In a small bowl whisk together yeast and water. Let sit until it becomes frothy and bubbly. I usually let mine sit for a good 10-15 minutes.
- Using a kitchen aid mixer bowl, whisk together butter/oil, honey, milk, and egg. Whisk together until combined. Add in yeast mixture and combine.
- Next, attach the bread hook and add bread flour and whole wheat pastry flour. Knead the dough together, and slowly add more flour if needed. Only 1/8 cup at a time. You know the dough is ready when it doesn't stick to your hands or the side of the bowl.
- Continue to let the dough knead for about 5 minutes.
- Next coat the dough in a little olive oil, then the bowl. Add the dough to the bowl and cover with plastic wrap.
- Let the dough sit in a warm place and let it rise until it's double in size. This took about 3 hours for me. (I know this is a long time, but in my house there aren't very many windows and the sun wasn't shinning!)
- Once it has doubled in size, remove dough onto a floured surface.
- Cut the dough into 12 pieces, and roll them into tight balls.
- Place balls on a baking sheet fitted with parchment paper. Cover w/ greased plastic wrap and let rise for about an hour.
- Preheat oven to 410. Brush tops of buns with egg wash and sprinkle with topping.
- Bake for 15 minutes.
- Remove from oven and let cool. Cut into buns and serve!
Adapted from Food For My Family
One thing I've learned with making yeast bread is to take your time and not rush. I usually start my bread after breakfast and let it rise for multiple hours, and usually by the afternoon it's ready to go, (when I'm about to make dinner.)
This was a perfect Sunday activity since we are mostly home all day, besides church. But if you had to go to work, you could let it rise the first time overnight, and then let the rolls rise while you are at work the next day!
And just so you know, if you are making homemade bread, watch your carb intake during the day. Most likely when that fresh bread comes out of the oven you will will consume 4-7 rolls...
Have you ever made homemade hamburger buns, or your own homemade bread?!
Did your two year old chuck it across the dinner table?
Discuss amongst yourselves...