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Sourdough Buns With Fresh Milled Flour Hamburger & Hot Dog

These Sourdough buns made with fresh milled flour can be used for both hamburger and/or hot dog buns. They are an enriched bun with a subtly sweet taste, the perfect accompaniment to any sandwich! And the best part? You can whip up these amazing sourdough buns in just one day, meaning you can enjoy the same day!

sourdough buns made with fresh milled flour
Sourdough buns made with fresh milled flour, so soft and delicious perfect for any sandwich.

Topping Your Fresh Milled Flour Sourdough Buns

There are so many delicious options for topping fresh milled flour sourdough buns! Here are some ideas to enhance the flavor and texture:

  1. Sesame Seeds: Sprinkle sesame seeds on top of the buns before baking for a crunchy, nutty flavor. Nice classic flavor!
  2. Everything Bagel Seasoning: Give your buns a savory twist by sprinkling them with everything bagel seasoning before baking.
  3. Melted Butter: Brush the tops of the buns with melted butter after baking for a glossy finish and rich flavor.
  4. Garlic Parmesan: Mix grated Parmesan cheese with minced garlic and olive oil, then brush it onto the tops of the buns before baking for a savory kick.
  5. Honey Glaze: Brush the tops of the buns with a mixture of honey and water before baking for a sweet and shiny finish.
  6. Cheese: Sprinkle grated cheese like cheddar, mozzarella, or Parmesan on top of the buns before baking for a cheesy crust.
  7. Cinnamon Sugar: Mix cinnamon and sugar together and sprinkle it on top of the buns before baking for a sweet and aromatic treat.
  8. Poppy Seeds: Sprinkle poppy seeds on top of the buns before baking for a subtle nutty flavor and added visual appeal.

These toppings will elevate your sourdough sandwich buns and make them even more delicious! Feel free to mix and match to create your own unique combinations.

egg washed and sesame seed hamburger buns made with sourdough and fresh milled flour
So, here I decided to go with the traditional egg wash and sesame seed topping, but they are even great plain as well!

What Do I Mean By Heavily Fed Sourdough Starter?

I mention heavily fed sourdough starter in a lot of my sourdough recipes. And, what I mean by that is, the night before (even if you fed your starter that morning.) Give your sourdough starter a hefty feeding. So, you would do a ratio of 1:2:2. This just means to use 1 part sourdough starter, and two parts fresh milled flour and two parts water. For example, I would feed 25g of sourdough starter, 50g of fresh milled flour, and 50g of water. This will ensure your starter is nice and strong, and ready to raise some dough. Also, always make sure you have enough starter to feed after your recipe

hand holding a jar of sourdough starter
This is my nice and active heavily fed sourdough starter. I fed it at a 1:2:2 ratio late the night before, so it would be strong and ready to raise some dough!

Ingredients To Make Fresh Milled Flour Sourdough Buns

  • 3&1/2 cup Fresh Milled Flour 420g (I like to do 330g hard white wheat & 90g Kamut *see notes for alternatives.)
  • 1 cup room temperature water 240g
  • 4 TBSP softened butter 56g
  • 1/3 cup sugar 74g (could sub honey instead)
  • 1 egg (plus 1 egg for the egg wash)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup sourdough starter 113g (Make sure it was heavily fed the night before, at a 1:2:2 ratio)
  • *optional sesame seeds for topping

Instructions To Make Sourdough Buns With Fresh Milled Flour

  1. Firstly, make sure the night before you feed your sourdough starter heavy, so it is nice and strong for this recipe. (Even if you already fed it in the morning. You want it nice and strong the night before.)
  2. Then, mill the flour. I like to use mostly hard white wheat with a little Kamut (Khorasan Wheat). Just make sure to use mostly hard wheat of some sort for this recipe. Otherwise, it will not develop the gluten enough to have a nicely risen loaf of bread.
  3. In a stand mixer, add water, softened butter, sugar (or honey), salt, and egg. Mix all these ingredients to combine.
  4. Then, add the freshly milled flour to the stand mixer, and start to mix slowly until all the dry flour is completely incorporated.
  5. Add the sourdough starter into the dough, and mix until incorporated. (The dough will seem very wet at this stage.)
  6. Cover, and let the dough sit at room temperature for a minimum of 15 minutes, or up to 1 hour. This resting time is important, It allows the fresh milled to start absorbing the liquid, and the bran to start softening. This is the Autolyse step.

Kneading The Dough

  1. After the dough has had time to Autolyse, then start the kneading process. This kneading process could take anywhere between 7 to 30 minutes. This time varies greatly, so the best way to tell if the dough is done being kneaded is to check the dough itself. You want a nice stretchy dough that wants to stay together. This is a wet dough, so try to resist adding flour to it.
  2. Once kneaded, cover the dough and let it rise until almost doubled. This can take anywhere from 2 to 8 hours depending on your sourdough starter, and how warm it is in your kitchen. (Other variables I mentioned in my Sourdough Sandwich Bread blog post HERE can affect this rise time as well.) Mine generally takes about 3- 4 hours for example.

Shaping The Buns

  1. Prepare your baking sheet with parchment paper towards the end of the first rise.
  2. After the dough has almost doubled in size, then on a lightly oiled surface, divide the dough into 12 equal pieces.
  3. For Hamburger Buns: Roll each dough ball into a ball, making sure to gently pull some surface tension onto the tops of the dough ball. (the dough should feel more tight with the surface tension. I have a short video HERE to help.) Then, lightly flatten the buns into a disk shape. Place on parchment paper lined baking sheet, and repeat with the rest of the hamburger/sandwich buns.
  4. For Hot Dog Style Buns: Flatten each piece and roll it up longwise, then pinch the ends. Roll each dough log until it is about 5-6 inches long. Making sure there is some surface tension. (I have a short video showing this method HERE.) Place these sourdough hot dog buns seam side down on a parchment paper lined baking sheet. Then, repeat with the rest of the dough pieces.
  5. Lightly spray the buns with some oil, and cover with plastic wrap.
  6. Let these fresh milled flour sourdough buns rise this second time for 2-3 hours, or until it has risen and looks puffy. (Times may vary greatly, so make sure to check your dough occasionally during this second rise time.)

Baking

  1. During the end of this second rise preheat oven to 350*F.
  2. Make the egg wash by mixing 1 egg, and a tsp of water. Get your toppings ready if using any.
  3. Once the buns have risen and look puffy, you can gently brush with the egg wash to make the buns shiny, more browned, and allow the toppings to stick. This step is optional.
  4. Bake buns for 20-25 minutes until the internal temperature of the center of the buns are 205-210*F. If they are below this temp, they may be gummy in the center.
  5. Take out of the oven when the the center reaches the desired temp range. Then, remove them from the baking pans to a wire rack to cool.
  6. Let the buns cool completely before cutting them! If you cut into them before they cool completely, they may be gummy on the inside.
  7. Once cooled completely, then slice, and enjoy!

How To Store These Fresh Milled Flour Sourdough Buns

To store fresh milled flour sourdough buns, keep in an airtight container, or bag. You can keep these on the counter for 2-3 days. For longer storage, place in a freezer safe bag and freeze for up to 4 months. (Make sure they have cooled completely before freezing, best results to freeze the same day as it is baked.) To thaw, sit on the counter, and let come to room temperature.

fresh milled flour sourdough buns dough ready to bake
These adorable fresh milled flour sourdough buns are egg washed, topped, and ready to be baked!

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sourdough buns made with fresh milled flour

Sourdough Buns Made With Fresh Milled Flour (Same Day)

These Sourdough buns made with fresh milled flour can be used for both hamburger and/or hot dog buns. They are an enriched bun with a subtly sweet taste, the perfect accompaniment to any sandwich! And the best part? You can whip up these amazing sourdough buns in just one day, meaning you can enjoy the same day!
Prep Time 40 minutes
Cook Time 22 minutes
rise times will vary 6 hours
Total Time 7 hours 2 minutes
Course bread, Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 12 buns

Ingredients
  

  • 3&1/2 cup Fresh Milled Flour 420g I like to do 330g hard white wheat & 90g Kamut *see notes for alternatives.
  • 1 cup room temperature water 240g
  • 4 TBSP softened butter 56g
  • 1/3 cup sugar 74g could sub honey instead
  • 1 egg plus 1 egg for the egg wash
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup sourdough starter 113g Make sure it was heavily fed the night before, at a 1:2:2 ratio
  • *optional sesame seeds for topping

Instructions
 

  • Firstly, make sure the night before you feed your sourdough starter heavy, so it is nice and strong for this recipe. (Even if you already fed it in the morning. You want it nice and strong the night before.)
    hand holding a jar of sourdough starter
  • Then, mill the flour. I like to use mostly hard white wheat with a little Kamut (Khorasan Wheat). Just make sure to use mostly hard wheat of some sort for this recipe. Otherwise, it will not develop the gluten enough to have a nicely risen loaf of bread.
  • In a stand mixer, add water, softened butter, sugar (or honey), salt, and egg. Mix all these ingredients to combine.
  • Then, add the freshly milled flour to the stand mixer, and start to mix slowly until all the dry flour is completely incorporated.
  • Add the sourdough starter into the dough, and mix until incorporated. (The dough will seem very wet at this stage.)
  • Cover, and let the dough sit at room temperature for a minimum of 15 minutes, or up to 1 hour. This resting time is important, It allows the fresh milled to start absorbing the liquid, and the bran to start softening. This is the Autolyse step.
  • After the dough has had time to Autolyse, then start the kneading process. This kneading process could take anywhere between 7 to 30 minutes. This time varies greatly, so the best way to tell if the dough is done being kneaded is to check the dough itself. You want a nice stretchy dough that wants to stay together. This is a wet dough, so try to resist adding flour to it.
  • Once kneaded, cover the dough and let it rise until almost doubled. This can take anywhere from 2 to 8 hours depending on your sourdough starter, and how warm it is in your kitchen. (Other variables I mentioned in my Sourdough Sandwich Bread blog post HERE can affect this rise time as well.) Mine generally takes about 3- 4 hours for example.
  • Prepare your baking sheet with parchment paper towards the end of the first rise.
  • After the dough has almost doubled in size, then on a lightly oiled surface, divide the dough into 12 equal pieces.
  • For Hamburger Buns: Roll each dough ball into a ball, making sure to gently pull some surface tension onto the tops of the dough ball. (the dough should feel more tight with the surface tension. I have a short video to help.) Then, lightly flatten the buns into a disk shape. Place on parchment paper lined baking sheet, and repeat with the rest of the hamburger/sandwich buns.
  • For Hot Dog Style Buns: Flatten each piece and roll it up longwise, then pinch the ends. Roll each dough log until it is about 5-6 inches long. Making sure there is some surface tension. (I have a short video showing this method.) Place these sourdough hot dog buns seam side down on a parchment paper lined baking sheet. Then, repeat with the rest of the dough pieces.
  • Lightly spray the buns with some oil, and cover with plastic wrap.
  • Let these fresh milled flour sourdough buns rise this second time for 2-3 hours, or until it has risen and looks puffy. (Times may vary greatly, so make sure to check your dough occasionally during this second rise time.)
  • During the end of this second rise preheat oven to 350*F.
  • Make the egg wash by mixing 1 egg, and a tsp of water. Get your toppings ready if using any.
  • Once the buns have risen and look puffy, you can gently brush with the egg wash to make the buns shiny, more browned, and allow the toppings to stick. This step is optional.
    fresh milled flour sourdough buns dough ready to bake
  • Bake buns for 20-25 minutes until the internal temperature of the center of the buns are 205-210*F. If they are below this temp, they may be gummy in the center.
  • Take out of the oven when the the center reaches the desired temp range. Then, remove them from the baking pans to a wire rack to cool.
  • Let the buns cool completely before cutting them! If you cut into them before they cool completely, they may be gummy on the inside.
    egg washed and sesame seed hamburger buns made with sourdough and fresh milled flour
  • Once cooled completely, then slice, and enjoy!
    sourdough buns made with fresh milled flour

Video

Notes

*Wheat Varieties To Use: You need to use either all or mostly a hard wheat variety like hard white or hard red. But, for flavor, and fun you can add a little Kamut, spelt, emmer, einkorn, or even a soft wheat.(If using soft wheat, you will need to add a bit more of the soft wheat) But, only up to 20% of one of these other varieties. Because you need the hard wheat for the gluten and strength.
*How To Store: To store fresh milled flour sourdough buns, keep in an airtight container, or bag. You can keep these on the counter for 2-3 days. For longer storage, place in a freezer safe bag and freeze for up to 4 months. (Make sure they have cooled completely before freezing, best results to freeze the same day as it is baked.) To thaw, sit on the counter, and let come to room temperature.
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