Sliders are all the rage these days, and for good reason. They’re a mini sandwich and perfect for a party or pot luck. Although you can buy slider buns, the homemade variety is so much better, and is super easy to make!
Ingredients for Slider Buns:
I borrowed King Arthur’s recipe for its Beautiful Burger Buns, and used the following ingredients for my slider buns: Filtered water, egg, unsalted butter, sugar, salt, all purpose flour, and yeast.
Making the Slider Buns:
I used my bread machine to do most of the work. First, I added all of the slider ingredients to the pan of the bread machine. Then, I selected the dough cycle, and walked away!
When the dough cycle had finished, I had a beautiful, soft dough that was a breeze to work with. I took half of the dough, and placed it on a floured surface. Then, I patted it out to a thickness of about 3/8-inch. Next, I cut 2-inch circles from the dough.
I placed the circles fairly close together on a parchment lined baking sheet. Then, I repeated the process with the remaining dough. Next, I placed the buns in a slightly warm oven to rise. I always use Julia’s hint of turning my electric oven on for exactly 1 minute and 45 seconds, and then turning it off. This produces the perfect environment!
After about an hour and a half, the buns had nicely risen, and were ready to be baked. First, however, I brushed them with some melted butter.
I popped the slider buns into a preheated 375° F oven for about 10 minutes, until they were golden brown. After I removed the buns from the oven, I brushed the tops again with some melted butter. Then, I let them cool completely on a wire rack.
I ended up with 24 absolutely delicious 2-3/4 inch slider buns. They were soft, and perfect for my egg salad sliders, and pulled pork sliders (stay tuned!). Yum!