Burger Buns


As part of my on-going search for a really good burger bun (the early stages of the truly momentous plan C) I made some buns using the recipe from Byron: the cookbook. Thy were good, but still a little dense, I feel mine didn’t rise enough. I will persevere with the recipe, but if any of you has a good burger bun recipe that you can point me in the direction of, I would be very grateful.

We had them with mutton burgers …. just minced mutton with a little salt and pepper and a tsp of homemade baharat spice mix. The burgers were juicy and lovely – why does mutton have a bad name? Served with cucumber pickles and mayo with some harrisa stirred through.


There was also purple coleslaw as it is time to eat the purple cabbages from the hugelkultur and the carrots and stored onions are still going strong.


Burger Buns: 3tbs warm milk; 200ml warm water; 1tsp dried yeast; 25g sugar; 400g strong white flour; 50g plain flour + extra for dusting; 1 tbs of vitamin C powder (optional); 1.5 tsp salt; 35g cold butter, finely cubed; 2 medium eggs

Mix the warm milk, water, yeast and sugar and leave until frothy or for about 5 minutes. Put the flours, salt and vitamin C powder in a bowl and rub in the butter. Beat one of the eggs and add to the flour with the yeast mixture. Knead the dough by hand or in a mixer until elastic and smooth – it was a very wet dough.

Shape into a bowl and leave in an oiled bowl covered with clingfilm until doubled in size – this can take 2-3 hours. Punch down the dough and divide into 8 equal pieces. Form into little buns and pop 3cm apart on a baking tray lined with baking paper. Leave to rise again for at least 3 hours – they should rise to 4 times their original size (I don’t think mine did).

Heat the oven to 200C. Brush tops of buns with the other beaten egg (give the left-over egg to your dog as a treat). Put a roasting tray with water in the bottom of the oven, to create steam. Bake the buns for 12-15 minutes, turning half way through cooking. When cooked remove from the oven and leave to cool on the baking tray.


N.B. Plan B involves the pop-up cafe and the polytunnel of dreams …. plan C is just too crazy to even mention right now


11 responses to “Burger Buns

  1. A girls gotta have a plan C, plan B is of course a well thought out alternative to comfort you if plan A is not what you expected or a carefully considered plan to build on the success of plan A. Plan C is a crazy scheme plotted away in dead of night, often when sleep evades you. Plan C makes you sit bolt up right in bed, and come morning its a bit scary to think about let alone mention its name in broad daylight!

    Im full of admiration for this lovely colorful meal that you created, such a simple idea that plan A, but in reality a lot of hard work and long term investment as well as a real feat to pull off on a regular basis.

    • You are so right about Plan C πŸ™‚ Plan A was to become an Islamicist and lecture at university – been doing this a while now. Plan B is the escape to running a pop-up cafe serving food that I grow and cook. Plan C is not ready to speak its name just yet …….

  2. You’re right, mutton does get a bad rap and for no reason other than it has a weird, non-foodie name.
    I’m late to the party I know but I’ll come back anyway if I can find that bun recipe I tore out a magazine years ago 😚😚

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