There are some stereotypes that I came to realize were quite a shock that the rest of the world has about Americans. I don’t mean the usual… We’re ignorant, we’re pushy, fat, irresponsible with money… etc. Those we already know about. I’m talking about the food stereotypes that I had no idea about and only found out in German grocery stores!
-Cheeseburgers, hot dogs, and the buns that go along with them
-Marshmallows (I seriously did not know this one)
…And the list goes on! The reason I found out about these stereotypes were because the grocery stores come out with a themed week. When I first came to Germany, I was surprised to find the “American” week at the store! I was excited to get some products from home! What I came to find is a bunch of products that the Germans believe we eat constantly and was shocked at their selection in which was packaged in red, white, and blue with the statue of liberty displayed across the front. So whenever I need burger buns (or marshmallows, or peanut butter) I am forced to buy the version of what the rest of the world believes to be these products- along with the “American” packaging.
Because there’s only one brand of burger buns in Germany, I have to buy them for my burgers. I’m so disappointed in the quality of the buns… and that plays a huge role in making great burgers! The buns are thin, crumble, and they do not stand up to the weight of a normal burger. I’ve been painstakingly searching for the best homemade burger buns over the years, because there’s just no other way in Germany. I don’t have a whole shelf at the grocery store to choose from brioche buns, to sesame, to whole wheat!
Now, I’ve found them… and they come out perfect every time!
The recipe comes from this girl: Handle the Heat, who has a lot of great quality recipes and also some videos to go along!
- 3 tablespoons warm milk
- 235 ml warm water
- 2 teaspoons yeast
- 2½ teaspoons sugar
- 1½ teaspoons salt
- 1 egg
- 250 g bread flour (812)
- 160 g whole wheat flour
- 3 tablespoons softened butter
- 1 egg beaten with water
- sesame seeds
- In your stand mixer with the dough hook, mix together the milk, water, yeast, sugar, salt, and egg.
- Start the mixer on low and slowly add the flour. Finally, the butter.
- Knead on medium speed for about 8 minutes. The dough will be a bit sticky, but not too much as to where you can't handle it.
- Transfer the dough to a oiled bowl, cover with plastic wrap, and let rise for about 1-2 hours until doubled in size.
- Cut the dough into 8 equal pieces and gently roll each piece into a ball. Place on a lined baking sheet with baking paper.
- Cover with a kitchen towel and let rise again for another 1-2 hours.
- Preheat the oven to 200 Celsius or 400 Fahrenheit.
- Brush the dough with the beaten egg and water and sprinkle with sesame seeds.
- Bake for about 20 minutes, until golden brown. Let cool completely.
- Serve immediately, or place in the freezer for another date!