I am trying to incorporate more whole grains in our diet, so I thought I would give these Whole Wheat Burger Buns a try. I found them on the Eating Well website. We had homemade sloppy joes with the buns, which I have made before with great reviews. You can find the recipe for the sloppy joes here. These are a bit time consuming, but I think they are worth the extra effort.
Whole Wheat Burger Buns (Source: Eating Well, Summer 2002)
- 1 cup low fat milk (I used skim)
- 1 pkg. yeast
- 1 large egg at room temperature (soak egg in warm water for a few minutes)
- 2 teaspoons sugar
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 tablespoon olive oil or canola
- 1 3/4 cup whole wheat flour
- 1 3/4 cup all purpose flour
- cornmeal for sprinkling
- Heat milk in small saucepan over medium-high heat until the surface shimmers. Transfer to a medium sized bowl and let cool to body temperature, about 10 minutes.
- Meanwhile, pour water into small bowl. Sprinkle yeast over water, stir, then let stand for 5-10 minutes to dissolve.
- Add egg to milk; whisk well. Whisk in sugar, salt, oil, and yeast.
- Stir in whole wheat flour. Using a heavy wooden spoon, beat vigorously by hand for 100 strokes. Let stand for 5 minutes.
- Start adding all purpose flour to dough, 1/3 cup at a time, beating well after each addition. When the dough is somewhat firm and no longer sticky to handle, turn it out onto a floured surface. With floured hands, knead dough for 7-8 minutes using additional flour as needed to prevent sticking.
- Coat a large bow with cooking spray. Add dough and turn once to coat. Cover with plastic wrap and set aside in a warm, draft free spot until doubled (1 to 1 1/2 hours).
- When doubled, turn out onto a floured surface and knead for one minute. Using a dough cutter or chef’s knife, cut the dough into eight equal pieces. Loosely cover with plastic wrap and let rise 5 minutes.
- Coat a large baking sheet with cooking spray and dust with cornmeal. Shape dough into tight balls and place 2 inches apart. Coat a large sheet of plastic wrap with cooking spray and place over buns, sprayed side down.
- Let rise about half, 25-30 minutes. Gently press down on buns. Let rise another 20 minutes. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
- Bake for 25-30 minutes until golden and crispy. Bottoms should sound hollow when tapped. Cool on wire rack 15 minutes before slicing.
Nutritional info per bun: Calories 232, Fat 3 g, Cholesterol 28 mg, Carbs 43 g, Protein 9 g, Sodium 317 mg, Potassium 164 mg.