Friday, December 7, 2012

Soft & Wheaty ~ Slightly Sweety Buns

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Remember last week? I was on a mission that got hijacked, by me! While making some Soft & Wheaty Buns, I ran across a recipe for pepperoni bread and my bun dough ended up becoming a totally unexpected, but thoroughly enjoyed, Pepperoni Pesto Bread Rollup!!!

Well, here's my versatile 'go to' recipe for making hamburger buns, hot dog buns, hoagie rolls and, of course, the now 'world famous', Pepperoni Pesto Bread Rollup!
This is a perfectly delightful way to introduce your family to whole wheat breads . . . and they won't even know!

When the Grands are visiting, I whip up a batch of this Soft & Wheaty dough, pull out an assortment of seeds, shredded cheeses, freeze dried jalapeƱos, and onions and let each one personalize their own bun!
This recipe has been adapted for the bread machine.


1 cup of water

1 egg

3/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 cup butter or (2 tablespoons butter and 2 tablespoons coconut oil)

1/4 cup cane sugar

2 cups unbleached bread flour

1 cup whole wheat flour


1 egg white whisked together with 1 teaspoon of water

Assorted seeds, cheese, onions

  • Place water, egg, salt, butter, sugar, and flours in the bread machine pan.
  • Make a dry well in the center of flour and add yeast.
  • Set bread machine on DOUGH CYCLE (1:30)
  • When beeper goes off gently deflate dough.
  • On a lightly floured surface, roll out dough to 1/2-inch thickness.
  • Cut dough into hamburger buns, hot dog buns, or shape into hoagie rolls.
  • TIP: If you are using bun-length hot dogs, stretch the hot dog dough a bit.
  • Place buns on greased or parchment lined baking sheet.
  • Preheat oven to 400F.
  • Cover with tea towel or greased plastic wrap and put in a warm place 10-15 minutes, 'til almost doubled.
  • Gently brush buns with egg white and sprinkle on toppings of choice.
  • Bake buns 12-15 minutes until golden. Hoagie buns may take a couple minutes longer.
1. Gently deflate raised dough. 2. On a lightly floured surface roll to 1/2-inch thickness. 3. Cut into buns.

There is just something so special about fresh homemade breads! They can be made to perfectly satisfy your own personal needs. With this recipe I could have just made just hoagie buns, or just hamburger buns, but my lunch menu this week included hamburgers, hot dogs, and pulled pork sandwiches. The hoagie roll is waiting in the freezer for a hot ham and Swiss on wheat with Spicy Honey Mustard, I'll make next week!

Heavenly Onion Buns!

Sesame seeded burger buns!

Poppy seed and black sesame seed hot dog buns!

Multi-seeded Buns . . . Poppy, Sesame, Flax!

Crisp and Cheesy Hoagie Roll! Parmesan or an aged Provolone works great!

With this 1 recipe, I was able to make 3 different breads, all at the same time, saving me both time and money and providing my family with a quality, and very personalized end product . . . And that's how we like to do it . . . Over at Julie's!!!
The Purr-fect Hot Dog . . . Mustard, my Kick-n-It Relish, and Onions on a Homemade Soft and Wheaty Bun!

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