Light Brioche Burger Buns
- 3 tablespoons warm milk (105-115 degrees F)
- 1 cup warm water (105-115 degrees F)
- 2 teaspoons active dry yeast
- 2 1/2 tablespoons sugar
- 1 large egg
- 3 cups bread flour
- 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
- 2 1/2 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
- 1 egg, lightly beaten
- 1 tablespoon water
- 1 teaspoon sesame seeds
Combine milk, 1 cup water, yeast, and sugar in a glass measuring cup, stirring well. Let sit for about 5 minutes, or until the top is foamy. In a small bowl, lightly beat one egg.
In the large work bowl of a mixer, stir together both flours and salt. Cut in butter until crumbs form. Add the egg and yeast mixture to the flour. Mix together with the dough hook attachment on low. Once combined, increase the speed to medium until the dough is smooth and elastic, about 6-8 minutes (or 8-10 minutes if you are kneading by hand). The finished dough may be slightly sticky (do not add additional flour).
Transfer the dough to a clean work area and into a ball. Place the down in a greased bowl, flipping once to coat entirely. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and let rise in a warm, draft-free location until doubled in size, 1-2 hours.
Remove dough from the bowl and place on a clean work area. Punch the dough down, then let rest for about 5 minutes. Divide the dough equally into 10 sections and shape each into a ball. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Transfer the dough balls to the baking sheet, spacing them out 2-3 inches. Cover with plastic wrap coated with cooking spray. Let rise for an additional 1-2 hours until doubled in size.
Set a large shallow pan of water on oven floor. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
In a small bowl, beat together 1 egg with 1 tablespoon water. Brush the egg wash on top of each bun. Sprinkle the buns with sesame seeds. Bake, turning sheet halfway through baking, until tops are golden brown, about 15 minutes. Transfer to a rack to cool completely.
These turned out beautifully. The only thing I may change is to bake them for 7 minutes, before adding the egg wash and finishing the baking (a suggestion made by a friend of mine when I asked about the deflation). I’m going to try that next time.
And on a serious note: when baking using steam, be very careful when opening the oven door.