Yay for some spring weather! It’s seriously about time! And one of my absolute favorite things about nice weather is grilling out. I definitely take every opportunity to grill during the spring, summer and fall. It’s quick, easy, doesn’t dirty the kitchen and it’s healthy. Not much else you could ask for when it comes to cooking.
One of the big things I missed while strictly eating clean was bread. It’s incredibly hard to find a bread that is actually 100 percent whole wheat and doesn’t have any added sugar, corn syrup or other yucky ingredients.
So instead of banning bread (let’s be honest, that was never going to happen), I searched and found a whole wheat recipe so that we could still enjoy burgers and chicken sandwiches. In comes these Honey Whole Wheat Hamburger Buns.
The honey slightly sweetens the buns and the whole wheat pastry flour keeps them light and fluffy. They are definitely best the day you make them but they freeze well so if they don’t get eaten right away throw them in a labeled freezer bag for next time you grill something delicious.
- 1 cup milk
- 1/4 cup butter or coconut oil
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 1/2 teaspoons yeast
- 2 to 3 1/2 cups of whole wheat pastry flour
- Sesame seeds or rolled oats
- Combine the milk, butter and honey in a small saucepan and heat over low just until butter melts. If mixture is uncomfortably hot when you put your finger in it, let it cool to 100 degrees F.
- Place the yeast in the bowl of your mixer then pour the warmed milk mixture over it. Stir well. Mix in egg, flour and salt. Knead for 5-6 minutes until smooth and elastic.
- Place in a well-oiled bowl and cover with a kitchen towel. Let rise for 1 hour or until doubled in size.
- Punch dough down then divide into 8 equal pieces. Roll each dough portion into a ball then flatten slightly into the size you wish the finished bun to be, they will rise up slightly but not out. Place on a parchment lined baking sheet. Cover and let rise another 30 minutes.
- Meanwhile, preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Bake for 12-18 minutes, brushing with melted butter and sprinkling with sesame seeds or rolled oats when 2 minutes remain.