Everyone loves to eat fresh bread for breakfast, this recipe is perfect for that. They are easier to make than making a proper loaf of bread and they have less fat than scones.
They are slightly sweet and really soft, which makes it kid friendly. For me, personally, that small amount of sugar makes it taste amazing with savoury things, it truly makes any sandwich taste hundred times better!
Recipe is for 6 big or 8 small buns.
500 g strong white flour
25 g sugar
10 g fine sea salt
7 g dried yeast
35 g butter alternative in room temperature (I've used olive oil spread)
150 ml milk alternative (I've used almond milk) + some for glazing
150 ml hot water
sesame seeds (optional)
Prepare baking tray 30x40 lined with a parchment paper. Preheat the oven when doing step 7, to 200'C (fan).
1. Place flour, sugar, salt and yeast in a mixing bowl. Whisk it all together to distribute the yeast evenly.
2. Add the "butter" to the mixing bowl and rub it into the flour with your hands.
3. Prepare the wet mix in a jug, mix your milk and boiling hot water together and stir with a poon. Pour it into the dry mix and combine with a spatula.
4. If you are using stand mixer, you will need to knead it with a hook attachment for 6 minutes on medium-low speed. If you are doing it by hand you will need to knead the dough on the kitchen counter for 7-10 minutes, until it's stretchy and smooth.
5. Place the dough back in the mixing bowl and cover with a cling film, place it in a warm place for 45 minutes or until it doubles in size.
6. When the dough is ready, scoop it out with a wet hand and place it on the counter. Divide the dough into 6 or 8 even pieces (you can weight it out or eyeball it).
7. Shape each piece into a bun (there is a link to a tutorial how to shape buns below). Place them on a baking tray and slightly flatter with floured fingers or knuckles. Let them rest and prove for another 30 minutes under a clean tea towel. Now it's time to preheat your oven to 200'C (fan).
8. When buns are ready, take some milk and brush a thin layer on the top of each one. Then sprinkle with some sesame seeds.
9. Bake them in the preheated oven on the middle shelf for 12 minutes (small) or 15 minutes (big), turn the tray around halfway the bake for even browning. After baking, let them cool down for 30 minutes before slicing them.
Bun shaping tutorial by "Bake with Jack" - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gx2Sf3XqkhQ