Sourdough Whole Wheat Hamburger Buns

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Here's a delicious recipe to make when you want to make homemade hamburger buns. 

1 cup sourdough "fed" sourdough starter
1 cup warm water
2 eggs
2 tablespoons butter, melted
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon wheat gluten
2 teaspoons instant yeast 
2 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 egg yolk + 1 tablespoon water (egg wash)
Sesame seeds for topping

In a large bowl, mix with your kneading hook the sourdough starter, water, eggs, butter, brown sugar, salt, wheat gluten, and yeast. Add whole wheat flour, and 1 cup of all-purpose flour. Knead for 5-7 minutes until dough comes together, adding remaining flour as needed to form a firm ball. Place dough in a greased bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Place in a warm place to rise for 60-90 minutes, until doubled. Turn out onto a lightly floured surface and punch 2-3 times. Divide the dough into ten equal pieces. Roll each into a ball and flatten to about 1-inch thick. Place flattened balls on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Cover with a clean tea towel and let rise for another 30-40 minutes until puffy.Near the end of the rising time, preheat oven to 400 degrees. 

In a small bowl, combine egg yolk and water to make egg wash. Gently brush egg wash over the buns and sprinkle with sesame seeds. Bake for 15-20 minutes until golden brown. Cool on wire racks and slice before using. Makes 10 buns.
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