Love sliders? Miniature sandwiches, called sliders, have taken the nation by storm. Especially popular are the mini hamburger versions that are found on most casual restaurant menus. However, they can be filled with deli meats and cheeses, as well as hot fillings such as sloppy Joe or pulled pork. If you’re looking to serve sliders at the annual Halloween BOO-ffet, you can make Sinister Slider Buns that will elevate your sliders to a new level.
The dough for these cute slider buns is made in the automatic bread machine, where you simply dump in the ingredients, start the cycle, and wait for the machine to beep when the dough is ready to shape. It takes only a minute or two to roll out the dough and cut small shapes with Halloween cookie cutters. A flour/water mixture is piped on to make pumpkin faces, spider webs, eyes, etc. Once baked, the buns are split and served with favorite fillings. The buns can be made ahead and frozen; thaw them a few hours before your BOO-ffet and heat them in a 350° oven for 5-10 minutes so they get back their fresh-baked texture.
36 Miniature Buns, depending on size
1 1/2 cups warm water
1/4 cup powdered milk
3 tablespoons sugar
3 tablespoons butter
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 cup whole wheat flour
3 cups all purpose flour
1 tablespoon yeast
1/4 cup cold water
3-4 tablespoons flour
- Place the ingredients for the dough into the pan of an automatic bread machine in the order given; turn the bread machine to the dough setting. Check after a few minutes to make sure there is enough flour. If the dough is too stiff, add a little more water; if it is very soft and doesn’t make a ball, add a little more flour. Restart the cycle.
- When the cycle is finished, transfer the dough to a lightly floured pastry cloth.
- Roll to 1/2" thickness and using small Halloween cookie cutters, cut shapes from the dough. Reroll scraps and cut as many buns as possible.
- Place on parchment covered baking sheets.
- Mix the water and enough flour to make a paste that is thick, but pipeable.
- Transfer the mixture to a decorating bag with a plain tip (or a baggie with the corner cut) and pipe pumpkin faces, spider webs, eyes, etc. on each of the shapes.
- Let rise till double, then bake at 350° until lightly browned.
Amount Per Serving
Calories 70 Calories from Fat 13
Percent Total Calories From: Fat 19% Protein 13% Carb. 69%
Nutrient Amount per Serving
Total Fat 1 g
Saturated Fat 1 g
Cholesterol 15 mg
Sodium 116 mg
Total Carbohydrate 12 g
Dietary Fiber 1 g
Sugars 1 g
Protein 2 g
Vitamin A 1% Vitamin C 0% Calcium 0% Iron 2%