Star Wars is such a fun theme to work with because you can really challenge our thoughts on normal food, such as Blue Milk Hamburger Buns. Blue is not a color we think of as normal when we go to select bread, however, it is a lot of fun to make and eat blue bread! Many friends and family tasted this recipe as we tested it multiple times. The reactions were so funny. The most common is that blue seems so unnatural to a normal bread color. This bread is however delicious and blue. Everyone loved this bread and even had fun with the color. I recommend having fun with the blue bread and enjoy the hilarious reactions you will get when you surprise your friends with blue hamburger buns for dinner.
We found be experimenting that the buns will brown, as bread usually does, which means the outside isn’t quite a bright blue as you may like. We tried with and without the egg wash. In addition, we experimented with convection baking as well as normal. The normal bake with the egg wash turned out the best. You can experiment with the amount of blue gel food color to get your desired amount of blue. We found that the inside of the rolls was very bright blue.
Delicious fresh buns for hamburgers or other sandwiches.
1 cup plus 1 tbsp milk warmed to 110 to 115 degrees
blue gel food color
2¼ tsp yeast (or 1 .25 oz package of yeast)
3 cups flour
3 tbsp sugar
1 tsp salt
2 tbsp butter, melted
1 egg for egg wash
1 tbsp water for egg wash
In a heat-safe measuring cup, bring the milk up to temperature in the microwave (110 to 115 degrees is ideal), add the blue food gel dye to color, then the yeast, stirring until bubbly. Be sure to bring the milk up to temperature slowly so as to not exceed 115 degrees. Each time you add a little time to increase the heat, be sure to stir the milk and test the temperature with a thermometer that isn't touching the dish you are using for heating.
In the bowl of an electric mixer stir together the flour, sugar, and salt. Use the dough hook to add the egg, butter, and slowly add the yeast mixture just until the dough comes together. This will take approximately 5 to 7 minutes as this is a wet dough.
Prep baking sheets with silpats or parchment.
Flour a surface and turn out the dough. Knead a few times then divide into eight equal balls. Place onto the prepped baking sheets and place in a warm space and let rise for approximately one hour.
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Prepare the egg wash.
Brush the tops of the buns with the egg wash and bake for 12-14 minutes. Let cool on a wire rack.
Once cooled, slice to serve and fill with burger fixings of your choice.
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