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How to Shape & Bake Sesame Buns

Learn how to shape and bake sesame buns made out of sandwich dough in this bread making video from Howcast.


I'm going to show you how to shape seeded sandwich rolls. I have 1 1/2 kilo batch of dough. I'm going to dust my floured work station, and I'm going to start dividing this dough. I'm going to divide it into what I like to use as hamburger buns. I'm going to cut those at 120 grams, about like that.

I have been under-scaling, so I put the little extra piece of dough right on the top of it. I'm going to do 2 more at 120 grams. This is probably about 3 ounces. Then for my 4 seeded buns, what I've done is I've taken a sheet tray and I've lined the sheet tray with parchment and the parchment is sticking down with a little bit of oil. For these, you need . . . this is a towel that I've wetted, and then these are sesame seeds. What I do is I shape each piece into a ball. I'm using a lot of pressure when I'm shaping it into a round. Then I'm going to take that round, I'm going to hold on to it like this and I'm going to wet the top of it really well, and then I'm going to dip it into the sesame seeds, like this. Then I'm going to flip it right-side-up and I'm going to put it on my sheet tray. I'm going to finish the other pieces like that.

If the dough seems to be dry on the surface and you're having a hard time and it's really slipping, you can wet it on your towel and that will help it to create a little bit of friction with your surface and your hands so you can round it better. If you notice, I'm not using any flour at all to shape these balls. This dough is really, really not very sticky, at all. I think that it's a great dough for that reason. I'm taking the tops and I'm putting them in the damp towel, and then I'm rolling them in the sesame seeds. My last one, I'm going to wet it to help get me going. Then I'm going to hold on to the bottom of it, and take it and dip it into the towel, and then I'm going to dip it into my sesame seeds.

Now that they're shaped, I'm going to go back to them and I'm going to press them down. I'm using a lot of pressure to press them down. They'll pop back up again and that's okay. These are going to proof for about 1 1/2 hours. What I'm going to do, because I'm working in a really dry environment today, is I'm going to take this damp towel. This helps prevent a skin from forming on top of the rolls, so they'll proof with a damp towel on them. These are going to go in a 350 degree oven, and I'm going to set my timer for 15 minutes, and then I'm going to rotate them.

The seeded buns have been in the oven for 30 minutes now, and again, that's at 350 degrees. I'm going to check them to see that they're done. One of the things I always check with the bread is that hollow sound. These are pretty hot. These have a nice hollow sound, so I'm going to also let these cool down. That is how you make seeded sandwich rolls.

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