Homemade Whole-Grain Hamburger Buns

| 12/7/2011 2:47:00 PM

Hamburger buns are pretty easy to make at home, but it does take a little patience. What they lack in timesaving, though, they make up for in superb flavor. Homemade hamburger buns will taste fresher and better than anything you can find at the grocery store, and if you choose to make them with healthy whole grains, you'll have a leg up on the nutrition factor, too. If you happen to make too many, these buns also make delicious breakfast toast.

To make the dough sponge, you will need:

• 1 cup warm milk (If you need to proof your yeast, reduce the milk to 3/4 cup, and proof yeast in 1/4 cup warm water.)
• 4 tbsp unsalted butter, partially melted in the warmed milk
• 3/4 cup whole-wheat flour
• 1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
• 1/4 tsp instant yeast*
• 2 tbsp potato flour (You could substitute instant potato buds.)*
• 1/4 cup King Arthur’s dry milk*
• 3 tsp King Arthur’s Whole Grain Bread Improver

To make the dough, you will need:

• 1/4 cup warm water
• 2 tsp instant yeast
• 1 1⁄4 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
• 2 tbsp sugar
• 1 1⁄2 tsp salt 

Toppings (optional):