Bread Baking: Everything Buns


[Photograph: Donna Currie]

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A lot of my foods are inspired by other foods. Sometimes the inspiration is so far removed from the original dish that you'd need a roadmap, a GPS, and a bloodhound to find your way back. These buns are a little closer to their inspiration: Everything bagels.

Except they aren't quite as chewy as the bagels. I wanted to mimic some of the flavors of Everything bagels, but just some, not quite all. I limited the seeds to sesame and poppy on top, and anise in the dough. Dried toasted onions go into the dough. These buns are definitely on the savory end of the bread continuum.

I made burger-sized buns because I wanted them for sandwiches. Of course you could make them smaller and use them for dinner rolls. Divide them into 12 pieces instead of 8 for generous rolls, or 16 pieces for smaller rolls.

One of the best things about baking bread is the glorious smell wafting from the oven as it bakes. The toasted onion made itself known during baking, but was much more subtle in the finished product.

I used brown sesame seeds for these buns, but white or toasted sesame seeds would be just fine, too.