Wholewheat Buns

On the last Saturday of July, my sisters and I arranged a picnic at Merlion Walk to watch the National Education Show (aka National Day Parade for schools) for the flypast and the fireworks. I volunteered to prepare Tuna buns. Therefore, what better way than to bake my own buns. 

Just so happened to see Honey Bee Sweet's Wholemeal Buns and it looks easy to bake on a weeknight. True to her comments, the buns was really soft and fluffy. My family like them too! The best way to eat wholemeal buns is to add savoury fillings like tuna or otah, sandwiched with cheese and lettuce. Yummy!
Recipe for Wholewheat Buns, adapted from Honey Bee Sweets.
(Makes 19 regular buns)

400g Bread flour
115g Wholemeal flour (fine)
85g Wholemeal flour (coarse) 
70g Caster sugar
420g Whole milk
8g Fine rock salt
10g Instant yeast
60g Unsalted butter, room temperature

Sesame seeds to coat the top

1. In a stand mixer bowl, add in all the ingredients except the butter.
2. Knead it using the hook attachment until the dough come together, approximately 5 mins on low speed.
3. Add in the butter and continue to knead at low speed for approximately 2mins.
4. Then increase the speed to medium and knead for at least 8mins until the dough is very elastic and reaches the window panel.
5. Leave dough in a greased bowl, covered and let proof till it doubles in size or for 45mins.
6. Gently knead out the air from the dough. 
7. Portion out each dough at 60g. Pre-shape it round and cover it to rest for 5mins.
8. Roll the dough round. Then dip the top of the dough on to the sesame seeds. Then place the dough, sesame seed side up into a prepared baking tray, leaving enough space for it to proof. Repeat till all the dough is used.
9. Let it proof for another 40mins.
10. Preheat the oven to 190C.
11. Bake in the oven for 18 mins till golden brown. If top turns brown too quickly, tent it. (I placed a baking tray directly above the buns to avoid burning.)

12. Once baked, remove from oven and also from the baking tray immediately. Cool on the rack.
13. Serve with tuna or otah with lettuce and cheese. buns1


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