So two weekends ago I made Brioche hamburger buns. I had actually tried to make them the weekend before that but it didn’t turn out how it should’ve. The fact that the yeast did not foam in the mix should’ve been an indicator, but trust me, I still went along with it, just for it to flop in the end. Thankfully though, the second try was a winner .
I found a couple of recipes online and combined two different methods/ingredients to suit me. So I’m gonna share my combined recipe.
3 1/2 cups of Flour (I used the regular flour sold in the market which I beleive is all-purpose)
1/4 Milk (I used a peak powered milk mix)
2 tablespoons Brown Sugar
1 1/4 teaspoons Salt
1 tablespoon instant dry yeast
3 eggs + 1 egg yolk (white reserved for topping)
3 to 4 tablespoons warm water (used just tap water)
10 tablespoons unsalted butter ( I actually used margarine but butter is a better option)
Mix yeast, water, milk and sugar in a bowl, allow to sit for 5 mins until foamy. (That’s how you know the yeast is working)
Mix all other ingredients and the yeast mixture in a large bowl using an electric mixer (with dough hooks), or you can knead it on a lightly floured surface if you don’t have a mixer. Mix until it’s smooth and forms a solid ball.
Place a damp kitchen towel or cling film over the bowl and allow dough to rise for 1 hour at room temperature, then wrap in cling film or a zip lock bag and refrigerate overnight.
Now place your dough on a lightly floured surface, punch the air out (Cold dough I feel is easier to handle).
Cut dough in equal portions (at least 8, depending on size really). Flatten each portion and then pinch from the ends into the middle to create a sorta ball shape.
Turn over so the pinched side is underneath now and roll into a ball. Then use something flat and round to flatten the ball (I used the bottom of my mixing bowl, make sure it’s very clean).
I made rings using foil paper just to separate them and make sure they don’t spread out. This is an optional step, you can just place them on the baking tray alone.
After they have risen brush on them with the egg white you kept aside (I topped 3 of them with coconut flakes, just cause I had them). Preheat oven to 200C and place a shallow baking sheet/pan at the bottom of the oven a fill with water to create some steam (It’ll help the bread stay nice and moist).
Bake for 20 minutes or until golden brown. Leave to cool on a wire rack.
That’s all folks.
I also made my own beef patties. I had minced the beef myself (I bought a manual meat mincer), spiced it nicely with onions (let sit for a while, preferably overnight) and then I put what was left of the egg white (from the above recipe) in it, molded it into a circle and grilled in the oven till it was done to my desire (don’t forget to flip it).
And then the burgers: