Shiner Bock Hamburger Buns

26 Oct

I’ve seen food bloggers say that once you make homemade hamburger buns, store bought buns are never the same. I can now vouch for that statement and say that it’s very true! (but then again, isn’t fresh baked bread always better?) I bookmarked this recipe a while back, since any Shiner infused food is right up my alley, but just recently got around to finally making these hamburger buns.

I paired them with my favorite pulled pork recipe (my how my photography has improved since then!) and it was a big hit. This recipe makes lots of buns for two people, so I simply froze half of them for future meals. The whole wheat flour gives an even healthier flavor and deeper color to these soft buns that are just firm enough to handle whatever sandwich you want to make of them. I think next time burgers are in store – can’t wait! 🙂

Shiner Bock Hamburger Buns

Ingredients:
2 tsp yeast
1/4 cup warm water
2 Tbsp honey
1/4 cup olive oil
1 bottle Shiner Bock, room temperature and flat
3 cups whole wheat flour
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp salt
1 egg
Sesame seeds for garnish

Directions:
Sprinkle yeast over warm water in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the dough hook and let sit for 10 minutes. Add honey, oil, and Shiner. Add dry ingredients and turn mixer to low.

After the dough is mixed well, turn to medium speed and knead for 5-7 minutes (adding additional whole wheat flour 2 Tbsp at a time if necessary) until sides of the bowl are cleaned and the dough is smooth and elastic.

Place dough in a lightly oiled bowl and cover with plastic until it doubles in size. Turn dough out onto a floured surface and divide in half. Form 6 buns from each half. Place buns 1/2 inch apart on a lined baking sheet and cover with oiled plastic wrap. Let rise for 45 minutes.

Preheat oven to 350. Whisk the egg with 1 Tbsp warm water. Brush the buns with the egg wash and sprinkle with sesame seeds. Bake for 15-20 minutes, until browned. Remove from oven and transfer to a rack to cool completely before slicing.

Source: Confections of a Foodie Bride

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