Baking with spinach is a great idea…
Spinach is for more than just salads and dips! Besides adding spinach to these dishes, did you think it was possible to put spinach in baked goods? Adding spinach to breads and pastas not only enhances the nutritional profile of these foods, it’s also incredibly easy. We’ll tell you how with this simple recipe for Spinach Hamburger Buns…
You’ve probably eaten a wrap sandwich on a spinach wrap or green pasta before, right? If so, you’ve tried a baked good made with spinach. When you make these things at home, you can guarantee that you are getting a really healthy dose of spinach in your bread product. Also, you know that there are no artificial colors or flavors added, which can be an issue with store bought items.
This recipe for Spinach Hamburger Buns has an entire package of spinach in it! When spinach is cooked and steamed, it packs down considerably. So, even though these Spinach Hamburger Buns don’t have an overly spinach-y flavor, they are full of all the vitamins and minerals that make spinach a super food. Don’t forget that there is also a big serving of iron in these Spinach Hamburger Buns too. Follow the recipe below to make these green beauties for your family.
- 1 10 oz. box frozen chopped spinach (organic if possible)
- 2 tbsp. butter, room temperature
- 1 egg
- 3/4 cups warm water
- 3 1/2 cups all purpose flour
- 3 tbsp. cup sugar
- 1 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1 tbsp. active dry yeast
- 1 egg, beaten
- 1 tbsp. sesame seeds
- Thaw spinach according to directions. Let cool then use a towel to squeeze out all the excess moisture.
- Use a stand mixer or bread machine on the dough setting to make the dough.
- If using a bread machine, add ingredients according to manufacture's instructions and set to dough setting.
- If using a stand mixer, first combine wet ingredients (spinach, butter, egg and water) until incorporated.
- Mix together dry ingredients in a separate bowl and add them to the wet ingredients, until a sticky dough is formed. Add more flour if the dough is too sticky to handle.
- Remove dough, and form 8 small, slightly flattened balls on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
- Cover and let rise for 1 hour.
- After the dough has risen, brush with the beaten egg and top with sesame seeds. Bake at 400 degrees for 15 minutes. Serve hot with a lean ground beef burger or salmon filet!