Brioche Hamburger Buns

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A hamburger needs a great tasting bun. Where I live that is hard to find, so I’m now making my own. I use a Broiche dough which makes a really good hamburger bun. Brioche is an enriched bread, which means it is made with lots of butter and eggs. This gives it a buttery flavor and a wonderfully light and tender crumb. You can use these buns to make sandwiches as well, especially a Breakfast sandwich. To do this, cut the bun in half, and toast both sides. Then layer with a slice of cheese, maybe some Canadian bacon or ham, a fried egg, lettuce, and a slice of tomato.

A few notes on technique and ingredients. This dough is kneaded for a long time (20 to 25 minutes) which produces a strong dough that cleans your mixing bowl and is silky smooth (but not sticky). If you’re new to bread making, I would watch the video as I show you an easy way (the ‘window’ test) to determine if your dough has been mixed to the correct consistency. After the first fermentation (proofing), I like to refrigerate the dough overnight. This improves the flavor of the Brioche and also makes the dough much easier to work with.

As far as ingredients go, for the yeast, I like to use SAF Gold instant yeast which is used in baked goods that are high in fat and/or sugar. This type of yeast gives a good rise and it doesn’t need to be proofed. However, if you want to substitute active dry yeast for instant yeast you need to increase the amount of yeast by about 20%. For the salt I like to use kosher salt. For the butter, I like to use unsalted butter.

Click here for the video and recipe.

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Article and Demonstration by Stephanie Jaworski

Photo and Videography by Rick Jaworski

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