100% Whole Wheat Buns

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In the last few years I’ve been trying to make lifestyle changes that help my family be more healthy and more self-sufficient. One of those has been making our own whole wheat bread. It is definitely an art. My first stage was to get my basic recipes using the bread machine. Future goals are doing it without the bread machine and learning how to use sourdough starter.

One of the basic recipes that I have found is for hamburger and hot dog buns.  We really like them.  If you aren’t quite ready to go 100% whole grain, then you can substitute all purpose flour for one or two cups of the whole wheat flour.

100% Whole Wheat Hamburger and Hot Dog Buns
Bread Machine Recipe

Ingredients:Hot Dog Buns

  • 1 cup warm water
  • 1 egg
  • 3 cups whole wheat flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup shortening
  • 1/4 cup sugar, honey, or other sweetener (do not use artificial sweeteners)
  • 3 teaspoons yeast
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons vital wheat gluten (optional, but will help the bread to rise)

Directions:

  1. Place all ingredients in bread machine pan in the order listed and run it through your bread machine on the dough setting.
  2. When dough cycle has finished. Place the dough onto a floured counter and shape into a roll.
  3. Divide dough and shape according to your needs. A good rule of thumb is 8 pieces for hamburger buns and 12 for hot dogs.
  4. Place on greased baking sheet. Cover and let rise in warm oven 10 to 15 minutes until almost doubled.
  5. Turn oven to 400°F  and bake 10 to 12 minutes until golden brown. Cool on racks.

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