Thursday, August 20, 2015

Making Mini Sausage Buns

Last week, I bought a packet of mini/cocktail cheese sausages in case one day I have the mood to try making some home-made sausage buns, which Naomi loves. When I bought the sausages, I had not made up my mind on when to make the sausage buns nor selected any recipe to follow.

This late morning, I took my sausages out from the freezer and started making the bun dough during lunch break. The decision to make some mini sausage buns was somewhat impromptu and only after I defrosted my frozen sausages, I quickly studied some recipes to make the bun dough and how to roll the dough into small buns. After some reading, I made my sausage buns dough by modifying some sweet bun/ white bread recipes I know as follows.

First attempt in making mini sausage buns.

Mini Sausage Buns

Ingredients:

For the bun dough:
240gr Bread Flour
130ml Fresh milk
1 Egg white
1 tsp Vanilla Extract
35gr Sugar
1/2 tsp Salt
1/2 tsp Yeast
25gr Unsalted butter, at room temperature
20-21 Mini sausages, at room temperature
Sesame seeds for sprinkles, optional

For the egg wash:
1 Egg yolk
1 tbs Liquid milk

Best eaten warm, I guess.

Methods:

1. Double boil or heat fresh milk in a heat-resistant bowl until lukewarm.

2. As per the general bread maker function: Place fresh milk, vanilla extract, white egg, sugar and salt first in the bread maker.

3. Pour the bread flour then make a small hole in the flour.

4. Put the yeast in the flour hole (make sure the yeast is not in contact with the liquid ingredients before kneading).

5. Turn your bread machine on (I use the basic program). Once all the mixture forms into dough, add the butter in. Continue kneading.

6. Knead the dough once, which takes about 10 mins from the start, until the dough is smooth and elastic.

6. Take the dough out of the machine and place the dough in a large bowl. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and let it rise for 60-90 minutes until doubled in size.

7. Divide the dough into small balls, about 20gr each, and place them in a tray lined with baking paper. Let them rest for 10 mins.

Proofing the small dough balls.

8. While waiting, pat dry all the mini sausages.

Make sure the sausages are dry before rolling it into the dough.

9. Take a dough ball and flatten it by using a rolling pin in a lightly dusted working surface. Close two ends of the flattened ball until it forms a short stick. Shape it like a cone by using hand roll then roll it flat with a rolling pin. Place one sausage on the bigger/wider end and roll it like a Swiss roll. Place the sausage bun on a tray lined with baking sheet. Repeat this step for all the dough balls and let them rest for another 30-45 mins.

How to roll the sausage buns.

10. Mix the egg yolk and milk to make the egg wash. Brush the egg wash on each sausage buns and sprinkle the top with some sesame seeds.

11. Bake the sausage buns in a preheated oven (170 degree Celcius) for 15-20 mins or until golden brown

**This recipe makes about 20-21 mini sausage buns.

Want some mini cheese sausage buns?

I must admit that my workmanship in rolling or shaping the buns today was far from fantastic or neat. Obviously, I still need more practice in working with bread or bun dough. Good thing was that, everything tasted great so I was relieved! The buns were mildly sweet and soft and when eaten with savoury delicious sausages (in the form of sausage buns like this), the buns tasted even better!

Before I left my house to pick Naomi up from school/day-care this evening, I brought a couple of sausage buns for her to munch in the car on our way home. She ate one and a half buns in the car and when she saw my tray full of sausage buns on the dining table at home, she took one more bun. However, this time around she only ate the sausage and passed the plain bun to me.

Nom nom.

When my husband came home, he ate one bun before dinner and ate two more buns after dinner. I guess I can be proud of my first trial in making sausage buns because my man ate three of them almost at one go. 

Sausage buns are kids' favourites and widely accepted by adults too, so it's never a bad idea to try to make some at home. However, since sausages are processed food, I suppose it's wiser not to let our children eat them too often. Once in a while is fine. Just my two cents.

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