Light Brioche Buns
Found in The New York Times - Adapted from Hidefumi Kubota, Comme Ca, Los Angeles. These may be burger bun for the weekend. Note - rising time not included - 2 to 4 hours.
- Ready In:
- 3 tablespoons milk, warm
- 2 teaspoons active dry yeast
- 2 1⁄2 tablespoons sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 3 cups bread flour
- 1⁄3 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 1⁄2 teaspoons salt
- 2 1⁄2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
- In a glass measuring cup, combine 1 cup warm water, the milk, yeast and sugar. Let stand until foamy, about 5 minutes. Meanwhile, beat 1 egg.
- In a large bowl, whisk flours with salt. Add butter and rub into flour between your fingers, making crumbs. Using a dough scraper, stir in yeast mixture and beaten egg until a dough forms. Scrape dough onto clean, unfloured counter and knead, scooping dough up, slapping it on counter and turning it, until smooth and elastic, 8 to 10 minutes.
- Shape dough into a ball and return it to bowl. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and let rise in a warm place until doubled in bulk, 1 to 2 hours.
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Using dough scraper, divide dough into 8 equal parts. Gently roll each into a ball and arrange 2 to 3 inches apart on baking sheet. Cover loosely with a clean kitchen towel and let buns rise in a warm place for 1 to 2 hours.
- Set a large shallow pan of water on oven floor. Preheat oven to 400 degrees with rack in center. Beat remaining egg with 1 tablespoon water and brush some on top of buns. Bake, turning sheet halfway through baking, until tops are golden brown, about 15 minutes. Transfer to a rack to cool completely.
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These were exactly what I was looking for and they made my hamburger a gourmet burger! I did not have bread flour but I used AP unbleached with the addition of gluten flour and the recipe worked wonderfully. We had our little grandsons to dinner (ages 4 and 6) and I wondered if the beautiful buns would not be acceptable as they were "different." They loved their burgers, but the 4 year old was less than thrilled with the sweet potato oven fries! Silly little boy!1Reply