I had lots of fun this week helping 5 and 6 year old chefs make these sesame burger buns at the Budding Little Chef cooking club I run. They don't involve kneading, which younger children can struggle with. The chefs also made the cheeseburgers and ate them with a bit of salad; making one of my top five family meals for summer.
Sesame Burger Buns is the second in my 'Lazy Bread' series. In case you missed the first one (Crusty White Baguette), Lazy Bread is something I've made up to describe bread recipes that make yummy bread with minimal effort. If you're an expert baker, do not follow this series, because the short-cuts will make you cringe. However, if like me you're after home-made bread that you actually have time to do on a regular basis, and are prepared to accept yummy but not perfect bread, then these recipes are for you.
Earlier in the day, prepare the dough
The dough needs a minimum of one hour and maximum of one day to prove. We usually do it first thing for buns for lunch or early afternoon for buns for dinner.
Ingredients (makes 6-8 buns)
340g Strong White Bread Flour
3/4 tsp yeast
3/4 tsp salt
1 tbsp olive oil
240ml warm water
1. Put the flour and yeast into the bowl and mix.
2. Add the salt, oil and water and mix thoroughly - beat and bash the mixture as much as possible with the spoon. The dough, should be sticky, but not sloppy.
3. Cover the bowl with cling film and leave for at least 1 hour, all day if you like.
When ready to bake
1 tbsp milk
2 tbsp sesame seeds (or any seeds you like)
plain flour for dusting
Preheat oven to 220C/425F/Gas 7
1. Cover your hands in flour. Grab a lump of dough and gently form it into a roll shape. Put it on a baking tray. Put more flour on your hands and repeat until you've used up all the dough.
2. Use a pastry brush to paint milk on top of each bun.
3. Sprinkle sesame seeds on top of each.
Bake for 15 minutes in a hot oven until the bottom of the buns sound hollow when you tap them.
Check out first in our Lazy Bread series: Crusty White Baguette.