• 12 1/2 ounces whole wheat flour or 12 1/2 ounces whole spelt flour
  • 1 1/2 ounces vital wheat gluten
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon butter , melted and cooled
  • 1 1/4 cups warm milk (110 degrees)
  • beaten egg (optional)
  • poppy seeds (optional) or sesame seed (optional)
  • 1 Place the first 3 ingredients into an electric mixer and mix well (using the standard paddle).
  • 2 In a small bowl, dissolve honey into warm milk.
  • 3 Sprinkle the yeast over the top of the milk and allow to soften slightly before blending it in all the way.
  • 4 After the yeast becomes active and bubbly, add to the dry ingredients along with the cool melted butter.
  • 5 Using the the dough hook on your electric mixer, knead on the second speed level.
  • 6 After about 5 minutes of kneading, check to see if the dough consistency is correct (having come together into a smooth ball) add water if too dry, or flour if too wet, a little bit at a time until the correct consistency is reached.
  • 7 Continue kneading with mixer about 5 more minutes or until the dough appears smooth and strands of dough can be seen forming in it.
  • 8 Turn the dough out into a greased mixing bowl in a warm, draft-free area and allow to rest, covered with a towel, for 10-15 minutes.
  • 9 Sprinkle a flat baking sheet with coarse cornmeal.
  • 10 Divide dough into 8-10 pieces and roll out and form into desired shapes, tucking the seam beneath it and place the pieces onto the baking sheet.
  • 11 Place your baking sheet on the middle baking rack along with a small pan of boiling water and close the door.
  • 12 Allow the buns to rise for 20-25 minutes then empty the pan with the water and add more boiling water to it and put it back in the oven.
  • 13 Allow the buns to rise for another 20-25 minutes (about 45 minutes total).
  • 14 Take the dough out and set in a draft free area and raise your oven temperature ot 350°F While oven is heating brush buns with beaten egg and sprinkle tops with your choice of seed (optional).
  • 15 When the oven is heated, bake the buns for about 20 minutes or until golden brown.