Monday, June 13, 2011

Baking :: Whole Wheat Buns


I like getting all domestic on a Monday, especially when we're experiencing fall weather in the middle of June! So, today I made fresh pasta from scratch, marinara sauce in the crock pot and these luscious wheat buns! I got this recipe from my cousin (Hi Colleen!). She invited my sisters and I for lunch when she lived in Barrier and made delicious soup and lovely wheat dinner rolls. Her recipe was for the bread machine, but since I no longer have one, I converted it to regular bread making and also had to substitute some ingredients because I'm on "use what you have" mode instead of running to Wal Mart for every little thing!

So, here's how I made them:

Wheat Buns

1 cup + 1 tbsp milk
1.5 tsp yeast
3 tbsp vegetable oil
3.5 tbsp brown sugar
1 egg
1 tsp salt

1.5 cups all purpose flour
1.5 cups whole wheat flour

Preheat oven to 200 - then turn OFF.

Heat milk for 1.5 minutes in the microwave then sprinkle yeast over top and set aside. Combine the 2 types of flour in your Kitchen Aid stand mixer. Once the yeast has foamed up stir it into the milk and add the oil, brown sugar, egg, salt. Stir with a fork then add wet to dry. Mix with the dough hook for 5 minutes adding a little more all purpose flour if the dough stitcks to the sides of the bowl too much.

Remove dough from kitchen aid bowl. Oil the bowl. Put dough back in oiled bowl... roll it around a couple times so there's a thin layer of oil over it. Put plastic wrap tightly over bowl. Place in preheated oven that has been TURNED OFF. Do not leave it on or disasters will occur. Don't ask me how I know! lol

Let rise for up to 2 hours, or until dough almost reaches the top of the bowl. Dump only floured surface and knead a few times. Cut into small buns - they will grow - like crazy! Place them in a greased pan. Cover pan tightly with plastic wrap and place a damp tea towel over that. Place in warm oven to rise. Once they are huge, you know they've risen enough. I let mine rise for about 40 minutes. Remove pan from oven. Preheat oven to 350. Once preheated, put the buns into the oven... without the plastic wrap and tea towel of course! Bake for 25 minutes. Remove from pan right away.

These are light and fluffy and delicious. If you can't get Colleen to invite you over for lunch, you'll have to make them yourself!



The original recipe is:

1 cup + 1 tbsp water
3 tbsp butter or margarine
1.5 cups all purpose flour
1.5 cups whole wheat flour
3.5 tbsp brown sugar
2 tbsp powdered milk
1 tsp salt
1.5 tsp bread machine yeast

Put everything in the bread machine and turn it on.

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