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To prepare this homemade hamburger buns recipe, start by making the dough. Add in the mixer’s bowl the yeast, the warm water and 50g flour (5 tbsps). Using a hand whisk, whisk all the ingredients to form a batter. Wrap the bowl with plastic wrap and set aside for 6-7 minutes, until the yeast rises and starts bubbling. Be careful not do add hot water, as it will kill the yeast, nor cold, as it will take forever for your hamburger buns to rise. The water should be at the same temperature as your finger, so check it out sticking one finger in; you should feel no difference in temperature.
In the meantime melt the butter. The key is to melt the butter at very low heat, so that the temperature doesn’t kill the yeast. Remove the pan from the stove and check the temperature. The butter should be at the same temperature as your finger. If it is warmer, leave to cool down for a few minutes and check again.
Pour the butter in the yeast mixture and add the egg and sugar. Whisk to combine. Top with the flour and add the salt.
Using the dough hook mix at first at low speed, until the ingredients start to combine and then mix at medium-high speed for about 10 minutes, until the dough doesn’t stick on the sides of the bowl. At this point the dough should be really soft and a little sticky. (Be careful not to add any more flour than this homemade hamburger buns recipe calls for, as the dough should be really soft and not firm).
Coat lightly the dough with oil and place in a large bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and let the dough rise in a warm place for about 2 hours or until doubled in size. If the environment is cold, preheat the oven at 30C, turn it off and place the bowl inside.
Gently deflate the dough and place on a lightly floured working surface. Dust your hands with flour and divide in 8 equal sized pieces (approx. 115 g./4 oz. each). Form each piece into a round shape, gently tucking ends underneath. Gently pat the dough rounds into flat disc shapes about 1.5 cm thick. Arrange the hamburger buns on a large baking tray lined with parchment paper and dust very lightly with flour. Drape some plastic wrap over the baking sheet and let rise for about 1 hour or until doubled in size.
Preheat the oven to 180C and beat the egg and milk in a small bowl. Lightly brush the top of each hamburger bun with the egg wash and sprinkle with sesame seeds. Bake in preheated oven for about 16-17 minutes until nicely coloured. Place the hamburger buns on a rack to cool down completely before cutting and store in airtight container for 1-2 days.