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Demi-Brioche Burger Buns

Demi-Brioche Burger Buns

Vegan brioche burger bun!

Vegan brioche burger bun!

With BBQ season FAST approaching, these guys are going to be your best mates. They’re super soft, slightly sweet and oh so perfect for stuffing with a nice vegan burger. This recipe makes 9 buns so you’ll have plenty for your friends, or you can freeze them and defrost as required. They also go great with bbq jackfruit or pulled king oyster mushrooms!

Makes 9 buns.

50g corn flour
600ml oat or soy milk
2 tsp caster sugar
20g vegan “baking block” butter
750g strong white flour
7g sachet fast-action yeast
2 tsp sea salt
vegan egg wash (2 tbsp oat/soy mik, 1 tsp vegetable oil, 1/2 tsp maple syrup whisked together)
1 tsp white sesame seeds

In a medium saucepan, whisk together the cornflour and the vegan milk then place over a low heat. Stirring constantly, bring the mixture to a simmer. Once it reaches around 70c the mixture will thicken quickly. Remove from the heat and immediately whisk in the sugar and the vegan butter. It should resemble a thick custard. Set aside to cool slightly for around 10 minutes.

In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a dough hook, add the flour, yeast and salt. mix to combine. Once cooled slightly, add the cornflour/milk mixture to the flour. Turn on the mixer and knead with the dough hook on medium speed until a ball of uniform dough forms. Cover with a damp cloth and leave for 10 minutes.

After the dough has rested, turn the mixer back on and knead for around 7-10 minutes. Turn off the mixed, remove the bowl and cover with a damp cloth again. Leave for 1.5 hours.

After the dough has proved, lightly flour a surface and turn out the dough. Punch out any large air bubbles and divide the dough into 9 pieces (they should be roughly 150g each). Working one piece at a time, fold the edges of the dough into the centre forming a sort of upside down jelly-fish shape. Turn it right way up, so you have a nice smooth topped piece of dough and using your little fingers and the sides of your palms, rotate the dough while tucking the bottom under to form a nice smooth ball. Repeat with the other pieces of dough and place them all on a baking sheet lined with parchment. Cover with the cloth and leave to prove for an hour.

Preheat the oven to 200c. Mix together your egg wash and, using a pastry brush, cover the tops of each bun with the egg wash. Sprinkle with seeds and place in the oven. Bake for around 15-18 minutes. Keep an eye on the buns as the tops can burn easily - be ready to take them out at the 15 minute mark.

Allow the buns to cool fully, or for at least half an hour in a cool space, before slicing, filling and eating. If desired, you can toast the sliced bun before filling.

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