Burger Buns

Makes 8 – 10
500g strong white bread flour 50p
7g yeast 3p
10g salt – 1p
300ml water – warm, 100 ml boiling water and 200ml cold water

Total cost 54p vs approx £1.80 for 10 sainsburys burger buns

I’m a total cheapskate so I dont use fast acting yeast. What I use is a yeast that you have to activate by sticking it in warm water, so i first mix the 100ml of boiling water with the 200ml of cold water BEFORE I add the yeast. I once dropped the yeast into the boiling water and then wondered why it didn’t rise. Leave for about 15 minutes for it to get going. If you want to speed it up a bit you could add a teaspoon of sugar.

Next, mix the flour and salt in a bowl and add the warm water. Work it with your hand (I don’t have a mixer) and knead it till it passes the see through light test. Now, different recipes might tell you that you need to knead it for x number of minutes but I don’t always find that too useful. Different flours mean you hit the stretchy point at different times. Also if you’re new to kneading, it’ll take longer as you’re not as well practised, so giving a time I think isn’t that helpful. A checkpoint on what the dough is like is a lot more helpful.

When you can stretch the dough as thin as tights, stick it in an oiled bowl and cover with a shower cap. Leave until doubled in size. It can take as little as an hour or as much as five depending on how warm it is or if your yeast is on steroids.

Then knock the dough back, and roll it into a log, and cut up into 8 or 10 buns. I prefer 8 because it’s easier to do this. You just keep cutting the dough in half until you get to eight pieces.

Form the dough bits into little rolls, set them on a floured baking tray and then let them rise again till doubled in size. You can cover them with a tea towel but I prefer to stick them in a clean bin bag, it stops them from drying out and skinning.

When they’ve doubled in size or even before if you know more or less when the right time is, get your oven on at 200 degrees C. Coat them with an egg wash and dust them with sesame seeds or poppy seeds. When the oven is up to temperature bung them in for about 10-15 minutes ore until they’re nicely browned.

Voila! Serve with the burgers immediately.

£5.28 vs £5.60 from Sainsburys

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