Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Exceedingly Quick Vegan Sesame Seed Buns

As I said in my post about Quick Breadsticks, I do well when I can rely on recipes that require little advanced planning. For instance, on Saturday afternoon at 5:00, I decided that we would have hamburgers for dinner. The teenage boy had some friends over and I thought that that would be a suitable meal. I know you are asking why I would dare serve hamburgers to my family and here is the answer: I still have a freezer full of meat and although I personally don't plan on eating it, I feel like we need to use it up rather than throw it away. I told the kids that after it's gone, I will not be buying any more meat, so as not to support the factory farming that goes on in the U.S. I told them that if they want to have meat as part of their diet, they need to let me know so we can purchase a calf and some chicks and they can raise their own. (I'll make a report on that when the times comes.)....anywho, so hamburgers it was to be.

Now, my two options as far as obtaining buns in my small Mexican town were to buy Bimbo buns, which are white bread buns that seemingly NEVER go stale or moldy (one must wonder why) or to make my own. I lamented the fact that I had not thought of what I would serve for dinner sooner, because it seemed as if my only feasible alternative was to buy the Bimbo, as I knew it would take 2 to 3 hours for the dough for homemade hamburger buns to rise.

But then my superb mental powers kicked in and a thought came into my head. What if I used the Quick Breadstick dough I had posted about last week, and tweaked it a little bit to form hamburger buns?!? So I did it and it took about an hour from start to finish and it was wonderful! Some of the comments were...

HUSBAND: "These are great buns!"
TEENAGE BOY: "Wow. Those are big."
OTHER, YOUNGER TEENAGE BOY: "These are really good, Mom."

It warmed my heart so. Okay, here's how I did it...

Quick Sesame Seed Buns

-One batch Quick Breadstick dough (click HERE for the recipe)
(Disclaimer: For this particular batch, I used half white flour and half whole wheat flour.)
-2 tablespoons flaxseeds
1/3 cup water
-Sesame seeds

-Make Quick Breadstick dough and divide it into 16, rather than 32, pieces.
-Roll each piece into a ball, then flatten and place on two greased cookie sheets, like so...

-Let rise in a warm place for at least 20 minutes or longer if possible, until doubled in bulk.
-While the dough is rising, blend flaxseeds and water in the blender until smooth. This will be used as a liquid sticking agent for the sesame seeds. If you are an onmivore, you can just use a beaten egg for this step.
-Once the dough has risen, brush with the flaxseed mixture, sprinkle on the sesame seeds, and bake at 400 degrees for 12 to 15 minutes or until the buns are light brown. You are going to love these. Here's the finished product...

I swear there is a veggie burger in there somewhere. It's just covered with baby spinach, vegenaise and thinly sliced zuchinni. Hope you love it!

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Lisa@BlessedwithGrace said...

Thanks for the recipe and linking up to Tempt My Tummy Tuesday.

Expat Mom said...

Mmmm, I`m going to whip these up right now, we`re having burgers tonight!

Expat Mom said...

Hi, just wanted to let you know that I did make the sesame buns, only I had no sesame seeds, so I just made them plain. :) They turned out great! Thanks for the recipe and idea!

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