Perfect Sesame Buns

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There was a time when baking was very intimidating to me. I have somehow gained a little more interest here lately and have been really branching out. Not saying I’m really good at it now, mind you.

Not by any means.

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But, for some reason, bread especially, has always been intimidating. I think it’s because of those damn bread machines – which made me think Ok, obviously you can’t just make bread in the oven, it must be too hard. That and I’ve been too lazy to look into it on a deeper level until now.

A couple of years ago I perfected my pizza crust, which was the beginning of my baking. But, for some reason I still felt limited.

See… I don’t like exact measuring, weighing, crap like that. That’s not fun to me. If I can’t throw in this or that whenever I want to just to see what happens it takes the joy out of the whole thing for me. That all being said, at some point I began to feel a little more adventurous.

Maybe the baking gods gave me a safe word?

50 Shades of Bread?

Did I seriously just say that.

Oh Dear.

This recipe is adapted from Confections of A Foodie Bride – a great blog with a lot of great recipes.

Perfect Sesame Buns


  • 1 package of yeast
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 2 tbsp of olive oil
  • 2 large eggs, divided
  • 3 tbsp white sugar
  • 3 1/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • Sesame seeds


  • Add warm water to bowl of your stand mixer and sprinkle yeast over it; let it sit about 10 minutes until frothy.
  • Add oil, 1 egg and sugar.
  • Over medium-low speed with dough hook attached, add flour and salt for two minutes - until the dough cleans the sides of the bowl. If it isn't add a little flour a tbsp at a time until it does.
  • Increase speed to medium and knead for 5 minutes.
  • Transfer to a large bowl that has been drizzled with olive oil, cover with a damp towel and let it rise until doubled in bulk, 1 to 1 1/2 hours.
  • Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and divide in half, and each half into 4 pieces.
  • Roll into rounds and flatten with the palm of your hand.
  • Place on baking sheet, spacing about an inch apart.
  • Cover with damp towel and let rise for 20 minutes.
  • Preheat oven to 350 (this is after the 20 minute rising time).
  • Mix remaining egg with 1 tbsp water and brush the buns with egg mixture, then sprinkle with sesame seeds.
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes, until golden brown. Let rest for 10 minutes.

IMGP0627 copyLook how the bottom half gets that nice brown crust.

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Store bought has nothing on these buns.

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