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Thursday, April 2, 2015

Homemade breakfast buns

They say the aroma of freshly baked bread is one of the most comforting and delicious for most of us. Some scientists even prove that it makes us kinder to people! So why not bring some of this kindness to your home? 
These little buns are crunchy outside, fluffy inside and they will take you back to your childhood, when the bread was a real bread...

INGREDIENTS (for about 12 buns):
  • 630g flour
  • 300ml warm water
  • 25g fresh yeast
  • 2tsp salt
  • 1tbs sugar
  • 2tbs olive oil
  • 1 egg
  • 1 yolk (optional)
  • sesame seeds, poppy seeds, black cumin (optional)
Dissolve yeast and sugar in 50-70ml of warm water and put it in a warm place to get it to work - I set my stove on 30°C (86°F), open the door and place glass bowl with yeast there.
Mix flour with salt to distribute it evenly, add olive oil, egg and water and start making the dough. It's much easier if you've got a mixer with a special "hook", but you can do it by hand as well - it will just take a little longer.
When yeast becomes active - you'll see a foam appearing, combine it with your dough and mix well - make sure to get as much air as possible in it. The dough is ready when it doesn't stick to your fingers or a bowl and it's smooth and flexible. 
Now form it into a ball, spread some extra olive oil to prevent drying, put it in the bowl, cover with a cloth and place in a warm place to grow for about an hour. The goal is to make your dough double its size and it can take longer, depending on the temperature - I put my dough on the stove's door, like I did with yeast.

Prepare a baking pan for your buns and when your dough is ready, set the oven to 200°C (392°F) and start making buns. Simply tear a handful of dough, roll it between your palms to form a ball, flatten it a little bit and place on the pan. Make sure you leave some space between buns, as they will grow more. Whip the yolk a little bit, spread on top of the buns using a brush and sprinkle them with seeds.
Cover the pan with a cloth and set aside for 15-20 minutes to grow a little.

Next, bake them in the oven for about 20 minutes, until golden-brown on top - use a wooden stick or a toothpick to make sure they're baked inside - stick it into bun and check - if it's dry, then they're ready.

Let them cool down and enjoy your homemade buns! They taste great with cheese and tomato, some butter and honey or whatever else you like on your sandwiches.

Bon appetit!

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