I adapted this wonderful recipe to try to make it a bit more nutritious. I also have a different way of shaping the buns. http://www.glutenfreehomemaker.com/2009/03/gluten-free-hamburger-buns-focaccia.html We use this for sandwiches, burgers, mini pizzas, with butter and jam, or plain.
- 1 cup brown rice flour (or teff or a combo of rice and teff)
- 1⁄3 cup sorghum flour
- 2⁄3 cup sweet rice flour
- 1 cup tapioca starch
- 1 (2 1/2 teaspoon) packet unflavored gelatin (use 2 1/2 teaspoons agar for the vegan version)
- 1 tablespoon xanthan gum
- 1⁄2 teaspoon garlic powder (or other flavoring as desired)
- 1 1⁄2 teaspoons salt
- 2 teaspoons sugar (or honey)
- 1 1⁄2 cups warm water
- 1 tablespoon yeast
- 4 teaspoons egg substitute (or 4 eggs if desired. The version with real eggs bakes up lighter and puffier than the no egg versio)
- 1⁄4 cup olive oil
- 1 teaspoon vinegar
- olive oil, for shaping
- mix yeast with water and honey and set aside.
- mix the rest of the wet ingredients and add the yeast mixture.
- combine dry ingredients in a separate bowl.
- combine wet and dry and mix with a mixer on high until thoroughly combined. You may need to add extra water at this point, a Tablespoon at a time. The dough should be very soft when done. In the mixer it resembles pulled taffy, but a bit softer. The dough sticks to the sides of the bowl and also sticks to the mixing paddle and looks a bit stringy. If the dough climbs the mixing paddle or beaters, it is too thick. Add small amounts of water and let combine until the batter no longer climbs.
- Drop the dough onto parchment paper or a silpat. The size doesn't matter. I usually make smallish buns (the size of one of those little hamburger buns at Mc Donald's) by using a heaping Tablespoon of dough for each. **UPDATE- I now use an ice cream scoop to measure out my buns. Dip the scoop in olive oil and then scoop the dough:)Thise bread is so versatile though. The original recipe calls for shaping the buns with an english muffin ring, but I don't bother. I dip my fingers in olive oil and gently shape the dough so that it makes a nice even shaped bun.
- Let rise in a warm place for 40 minutes.
- Then preheat your oven to 400, and bake for about 20 minutes. The tops should be lightly browned.
- Cool the buns on a cooling rack and cut in half (if using for sandwiches) before storing.
- I wrap each buns in saran wrap and then put in a plastic bag that goes into the freezer. When we want bread, I take out a bun, wrap in a damp paper towel (or you can warm them in the plastic) and nuke for about 20-30 seconds. From there I either eat it soft or toast it. It is wonderful either way and not at all crumbly like a lot of gf bread.
- **updates- I have found that it works just fine to put the colled buns in a freezer bag as is -- no cutting and no wrapping. I just take out a frozen bun and nuke for 25-30 seconds and then slice as needed. Save s a ton of time.
- Also -- I have not made these with garlic in a long time. I flavor the dough with extra honey -- just an extra long squirt of honey per batch.
- Also -- I still use an ice cream scoop to get these on the cookie sheet, but wanted to mention that parchment paper does a great job here. And since I have been using honey instead of garlic, I have started using grapeseed oil in place of olive oil:).