Saturday, February 25, 2012

Slider Buns: Miniature Burger's Perfect Companion

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Tasty and the seeds stay on!
These are just plain cool.  I realize as a Mom my judgement of what is, or is not, cool is not always on the mark with my kids.  But these I know I am labeling right - they all think they are cool, so I feel safe announcing that loudly.  In my continued pursuit of trying to find old family favorites that I can present in small packages so my youngest will start to find his appetite again I remembered these little gems.

Just the right crumb for a bun
Making your own hamburger or slider buns may seem like that one step too far, but honestly it elevates an everyday meal to something really special.  The buns taste far better than what you can get at your local supermarket, and as you can see the color is still a lovely golden yellow and the texture is what you expect from a hamburger bun.  You can top yours with just butter, or a sprinkle of seeds of any sort, or a bit of dried onion.  There are just as many options for fillings too - nobody says you have to have a burger patty to have fun with these buns.

Small sized with BIG flavor
Although I was specifically looking for small sized food, this recipe can be used for either sliders or full sized burgers.  I really recommend a scale for measuring out your dough in order to keep the sizes and cooking times even.  Let me know your favorite filling for these mini-buns.

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Slider Buns

Michelle K.
Use your scale to divide your dough. 2 oz. pieces for slider buns, 4 oz. pieces for full sized buns.

Ingredients


  • 1 cup milk, warm
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 Tbs yeast
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 Tbs butter, melted and cooled
  • 1 large egg
  • 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

Instructions


  1. Mix all of your ingredients together and once combined, knead for five minutes. This can be done by hand or in your stand mixer.
  2. In a lightly oiled bowl place the dough and let it rise to twice its size, usually about an hour.
  3. Deflate the dough and using a scale divide it into 16 pieces for sliders or 8 pieces for regular buns. This will be 2 oz. or 4 oz. per piece, approximately. Flatten each bit of dough into a disc that it is about 3 times wider than it is thick. Place them on a single greased baking sheet spread apart enough to keep them from touching after a second rise.
  4. Cover and let the buns rise a second time for about an hour. You are looking for them to be very fluffy.
  5. Pre-heat your oven to 375 (F). Brush the buns with egg wash (1 egg, 1 tablespoon water whisked together) and then sprinkle with sesame seeds. Bake for about 13-15 minutes until they are a deep golden brown.
  6. Cool on a wire rack so that they do not get soggy. Slice and fill with your favorite burger type items and enjoy!
Yield: 16 small buns or 8 full sized

Prep Time: 00:25
Cook time: 00:15

Nutrition


Calories: 139
Total carbs: 25

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