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Black Charcoal Buns

These Black Charcoal Buns consist of soft dough, coloured with all-natural charcoal powder to give it its spooky dark hue.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Prep Time 2 hours
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 20 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 207kcal
Author Michelle


  • 200 ml whole milk warmed+ extra for brushing tops
  • 7 g active dry yeast
  • 5 g granulated sugar
  • 365 g all-purpose flour
  • 15 ml vegetable oil
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • 6 g activated charcoal powder
  • 1 large egg


  • 1 tablespoon white sesame seeds


Make the dough:

  • Place the warm milk, yeast and sugar together into a bowl. Give it a stir and set aside for a few minutes, until foamy.
  • In a stand mixer bowl fitted with a dough hook attachment, add in the flour, oil, egg, sea salt and charcoal powder.
  • When the yeast has activated and is bubbly, add it into the flour mixture and knead until the dough becomes smooth and shiny.
  • Transfer the dough to a lightly greased bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Let it sit in a warm location to double in size.
  • Line a large baking sheet (13" by 17") with parchment paper.
  • When the dough has doubled in size, punch down the dough and divide into 8 equal pieces.

For hot dog buns:

  • Form each piece into a ball and roll with a rolling pin into a rectangle about 5" in length.
  • From one end, roll up the dough lengthwise and pinch the seams. 
  • Place seam side down on the prepared tray.
  • Press down the tops to flatten so they don't get too puffy. Repeat with the remainder.

For hamburgers:

  • Form each dough ball into a 3.5" diameter and press down to flatten.
  • Place onto the lined baking sheet. Repeat with the remaining dough.
  • Cover the buns with a piece of loose plastic wrap and let it rise for another 30-40 minutes, until slightly puffy.
  • Preheat oven to 350°F/177°C.
  • Remove the plastic wrap and lightly brush the tops of each bun with milk. 
  • Sprinkle with sesame seeds if desired.
  • Bake the buns at 350°F/177°C for 22-24 minutes, or until the internal temperature of the bread reaches 190F.
  • Remove from oven and let cool completely before slicing.


Calories: 207kcal | Carbohydrates: 38g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 0.003g | Cholesterol: 24mg | Sodium: 317mg | Potassium: 117mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 81IU | Vitamin C: 0.003mg | Calcium: 59mg | Iron: 2mg