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Burger Buns

Soft, sweet, and golden-yellow from the butter and egg, these simple buns are perfect for burgers.

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Ingredients
Buns
* 3 1/2 cups (420g) Canadian strong white flour
* 3/4 to 1 cup (170g to 227g) water, lukewarm 
* 2 tablespoons (28g) butter, at room temperature
* 1 large egg
* 1/4 cup (50g) sugar
* 1 teaspoons salt
* 1 tablespoon (9g) instant yeast

Butter glaze
* 3 tablespoons (43g) butter, melted; divided
Seed topping (optional)
* 1 large egg white, whisked with 2 tablespoons cold water*
* sesame seeds, or the seeds of your choice

Instructions

* Weigh your flour; or measure it by gently spooning it into a cup, then sweeping off any excess.
* To make the dough: Mix and knead all of the dough ingredients — by hand, mixer, or bread machine — to make a soft, smooth dough.
* Cover the dough and let it rise until it's nearly doubled in bulk, about 1 to 2 hours.
* To shape the buns: Gently deflate the dough and divide it into eight pieces (about 100g each). Shape each piece into a ball.
* Flatten each dough ball with the palm of your hand until it's about 3" across.
* Place the buns on a lightly greased or parchment-lined baking sheet. Cover and let rise until noticeably puffy, about an hour. Toward the end of the rising time, preheat the oven to 375°F.
* Brush the buns with about half of the melted butter. To make seeded buns, brush the egg white/water mixture right over the melted butter; it'll make the seeds adhere. Sprinkle buns with the seeds of your choice.
* To bake the buns: Bake the buns for 15 to 18 minutes, until golden. Remove them from the oven and brush with the remaining melted butter; this will give the buns a satiny, buttery crust. If you've made seeded buns apply the melted butter carefully, to avoid brushing the seeds off the buns.
* Cool the buns on a rack before slicing in half.

Added by: Melina Noula

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