Hamburger Buns, Gluten-Free (revised 7/2/10)

From: Art of Gluten-Free Baking (http://artofglutenfreebaking.com)
 
Note: this recipe uses my gluten-free flour mix:
Jeanne's Gluten-Free All-Purpose Flour Mix (mix together and store in a cool, dark place, or in fridge for long-term storage):
1 1/4 C (170 g) brown rice flour
1 1/4 C (205 g) white rice flour
1 C (120 g) tapioca flour
1 C (165 g) sweet rice flour (also known as Mochiko)
2 scant tsp. xanthan gum
 
Special equipment needed
-hamburger bun pan (I got mine at King Arthur Flour), large muffin pan, or English muffin baking rings.
-heavy duty mixer is best, but a hand mixer will do in a pinch
 
Hamburger Buns, Gluten-Free
-makes 6 buns
 
Ingredients
1 1/2 C (210g) Jeanne's Gluten-Free All-Purpose Flour Mix
1/2 tsp xanthan gum
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
2 TBL sugar
1 TBL active dry yeast (I use Red Star)
1 C (235ml) warm water
1 tsp vinegar (I use apple cider vinegar)
1 egg
2 TBL neutral-tasting oil (I use Rice Bran oil)
extra oil and tapioca flour for pan/rings
 
Grease and flour your bun pan  (or place your bun rings on a parchment paper-lined cookie sheet) with oil and dust with tapioca flour
 
In a medium bowl whisk together flour mix, xanthan gum, baking powder, and salt.  In a small bowl, dissolve sugar in warm water, then dissolved yeast in the mixture.  Set aside to proof (foam up)

In a bowl of a mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, briefly beat together vinegar, eggs, and oil.  Add foamy yeast mixture, mix briefly.  Add flour mixture--beat for 3 mins (until smooth).  Spoon the batter into the prepared pan or rings.  Let rise in a warm place for about 45 mins (until about double in bulk). I usually let them rise on top of the stove while it's preheating.

While the buns are rising, preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
 
When buns are double in bulk, place in oven.  Bake for 20 minutes--until tops are golden brown.
 
Carefully remove from oven and let cool in pan/rings for 10 mins. before removing from pan/rings. Cool on wire rack.
 
They will be light and fluffy--just like "regular" buns. These also smell heavenly--just like a bun should!
 
Enjoy!