Whole Wheat Hamburger Buns


For 8 buns
  • 400 g (3 cups (approximately) ) whole wheat flour
  • 1 pinch ascorbic acid
  • 1/4 tsp diastatic malt (optional)
  • 300 ml milk
  • 1.5 tbs honey
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp instant yeast
  • 1 tbs butter, softened


  1. Scald the milk. Add honey and allow to cool to lukewarm (110 °F).
  2. Stir the ascorbic acid into the flour. Combine the milk and flour mixtures and stir together until a rough dough forms with no unincorporated flour. Cover and let rest (autolyse) for 20 minutes.
  3. Sprinkle the yeast and salt over the bread and mix in, then mix in the softened butter.
  4. Knead about 10 minutes (or 5 minutes in a mixer), until dough is supple, elastic, bounces back when pressed, and passes a windowpane test. This dough is somewhat soft and slightly sticky because it has more liquid than most sandwich breads, which the bran absorbs.
  5. Add about 1/2 tsp oil to a clean bowl that is at least three times the volume of the dough. Form dough into a ball and place upside down in the bowl, coat with the oil, then flip dough over to coat the underside. Cover bowl and let dough ferment. Dough should rise to about 2 1/2 times its original volume. It should still have a domed top but should not spring back much when pressed. This usually takes about 2 to 3 hours, depending on temperature.
  6. Turn out of bowl, divide into 8 equal parts, and form each into a ball. Let rest a few minutes.
  7. Roll or pat each ball into a disk about 4 inches in diameter. To prevent sticking, use flour or bran on the countertop.
  8. Place in a lightly greased baking sheet. Cover with plastic or a towel and let proof until just under doubled in bulk. This rising will take slightly less than half the time the first rising took, and the dough will feel soft when gently touched but still slightly springy.
  9. About 10 minutes before the dough is finished rising, preheat the oven to 375 °F. When the dough is ready, put in the oven. Do not open the oven door while it bakes. Bake 20 minutes.
  10. Take out of the oven, remove from the pan, and cool completely on a rack.
  11. Slice each bun in half.

Storage Instructions

Store in plastic bread bags a couple days. Buns can be frozen without much impact on quality; thaw individual buns in a microwave. Do not refrigerate bread, this accelerates staling.

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