July 4, 2012

Homemade Sesame Seed Buns

With two active boys my house is chaos most days. As they have gotten older my days have gotten longer with less things actually getting done. This summer has been particularly trying. I thought that having my oldest home for the summer would be great for both of us. While I do enjoy my sons company, we have struggled with his desire to do his workbooks and summer assignments. I guess I'm a mean mommy, just because it's summer doesn't mean that I let him not do school work. Each day I expect him to finish at least two pages of math and two pages of handwriting. Now granted he is far ahead in reading and math, but to stay that way we work at it. I have also discovered that a great way to work on his math is to have baking adventures. He loves to bake with me and hasn't yet caught on that he is actually learning at the same time. I hope this trend will continue, I love the time that we spend together in the kitchen. One of the recipes that my son and I bake often is Homemade Sesame Seed Buns from Saveur Magazine.
This recipe has 9 ingredients. It takes approximately 4 hours of total time, 15 minutes of which is active and makes 12 buns. All the ingredients are basic and I already had them all in my pantry cupboard. I chose to leave off the sesame seeds since my oldest isn't a fan of them. Additionally, I changed the rise times in the recipe. For both of the rise times I decreased them to one hour. I have tried using the 2 hour and 1 1/2 hour rise times and I didn't see a difference in the finished taste, so I have stayed with the decreased times. I also made 10 buns instead of the 12 suggested by the recipe. I followed the remainder of the recipe as written.

I love how easy this recipe is to follow and the finished buns are always delicious as hamburger buns. I have used this recipe for pulled pork, hamburgers, sandwiches, basically any dish in need of a bun and they are always delicious. After making this recipe a few times I have stopped buying store bought since this recipe is so much better. If you want a different topping poppy seeds would also work well or black or regular sesame seeds. Overall a great bun recipe!

For the recipe go to Homemade Sesame Seed Buns.
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