No-Fuss Pareve Burger Buns

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At the opposite end of the spectrum are these no-fuss pareve buns. When I started craving homemade burger buns, I couldn’t find a dairy-free dairy – milk softens and sweetens bread, which is how the big burger chains serve their buns. This recipe, adapted from the King Arthur Flour website, is soft and sweet with no milk. I used coconut oil (just a bit; you can’t taste it), but you could substitute margarine.
If your crowd is hungry, double this recipe. And for a quick and fun winter meal, bake burgers right inside the buns! Pan-fry burgers, mushrooms and onions, then place with some ketchup or pizza sauce inside a rolled-out round of dough. Pinch shut, seal well, and bake 20 minutes until nicely browned.

  • 8 buns ServingsServings

Ingredients

  • 3 1/2 cups (418g) bread flour (or use up to 1/3 whole-grain flour – just mix dry flours well to prevent streaks)
  • 1 cup (227g) water (or apple juice for “mezonos” buns; just eliminate the sugar below)
  • 2 tablespoons (28g) coconut oil or margarine
  • 1/4 cup (50g) granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg (about 50g)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons (7.5g) salt (either table or kosher salt)
  • 2 teaspoons (10g) instant yeast (instant works better than traditional)

Preparation

  1. Combine all ingredients by hand or in a mixer.  Knead or mix well to form a soft, smooth dough.
  2. Cover and let rise at least 1 hour.
  3. Separate dough into 100g pieces and oil each piece.  For “pull-apart” buns, use 50g pieces.
  4. For regular buns:
    1. Shape each piece into a ball and press firmly with hand to flatten until it’s about the right diameter for your burgers.
  5. For pull-apart buns:
    1. Shape each piece into a ball and press very firmly with hand to flatten.
    2. Stack two pieces together and press very firmly with hand to flatten.  Buns should be about the right diameter for your burgers.
  6. Place buns on baking sheet covered with parchment paper or reusable silicone pan liner.
  7. Spray with oil and cover loosely with plastic wrap.
  8. Let rise 1 hour.
  9. Brush with beaten egg and sprinkle with sesame seeds if desired.
  10. Bake in a preheated 375°F oven for 20 minutes or until golden.