ANOTHER great ZO dough!
- 2 3/4 cups (11 1/2 ounces) King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour or bread flour
- 1/4 cup Baker’s Special Dry Milk or nonfat dry milk
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 1 1/4 teaspoons salt
- 1 tablespoon instant yeast
- 3 large eggs + 1 large egg yolk, white reserved for topping
- 3 to 4 tablespoons lukewarm water*
- 10 tablespoons unsalted butter
*Start with 3 tablespoons in summer, or under humid conditions; 4 tablespoons in winter, or when it’s dry out.
Attention, #Zoheads: set your machine on the dough cycle, and walk away.
Let the dough rise for 1 hour. Brioche dough is easier to handle when it’s cold. So let it rise at room temperature until it’s noticeably puffy; then place it in a bag (no need to grease the bag), fasten the bag at the top, and refrigerate the dough overnight.
This recipe will make six mega-buns, perfect for your half-pound burgers; eight standard burger buns; or 16 mini-buns, just right for sliders.
Divide the dough into the desired number of pieces. If you have a scale, weigh the dough before you start; this will make division totally simple.
Shape each piece of dough into a flattened round: about 3 1/4" diameter for large buns, 3" for standard, and 2 1/2" for mini.
Place the larger buns in a hamburger bun pan, if desired, for extra support. Standard and mini buns will be fine on a half-sheet pan, spaced about 2" apart. I like to line the pan with parchment, for easiest cleanup.
For smoothest shape, flatten shaped brioche buns with a tool – not simply your hands.
You can get pretty smooth brioche buns simply by using the palm of your hand to flatten them. But here’s a helpful tip: once you’ve shaped the dough into a ball, flatten it with something completely flat: like a bowl scraper, or the bottom of a measuring cup (if you have one large enough). Press down firmly, then make a couple of small circles with your hand (think washing a window), to “round” the bun under pressure.
Another fantastic recipe from King Arthur Flour and PJ Hamel! (Like, word for word!) And yes, that is a piece missing - PJ said I could!