Sunday, September 6, 2009

hamburger/ hot dog buns - super easy!

Hmmm ... cheaper than store-bought, taste better, and better for us? Yeah, making them is a no-brainer, especially when this simple!

From here.

Homemade Hot Dog or Hamburger Buns

Heat to melt butter, then cool to about 120 degrees:
1 cup milk
1/2 cup water
1 tablespoons honey
1/4 cup unsalted butter

Then add in:
1 egg, room temperature
1 1/2 teaspoons salt

1 package instant yeast

about 4 1/2 cups flour (I used about 1 1/2 c whole wheat, the rest white all-purpose)

When the dough pulls together, (it will form a soft ball) turn it out onto a floured surface and knead until smooth and elastic (about 5 minutes).

Divide dough into 12 -16 equal pieces (I made 12 hamburger buns, though probably could have been 16).

Shape into smooth balls, flatten slightly, and place on baking sheet. (I flattened too much - they spread out too much. Better to leave smaller around than you want them at this stage.)

Let rise for 30 to 35 minutes. When buns have almost doubled in size bake at 400 degrees for 10 to 12 minutes.

"You can brush the tops with egg wash and sprinkle with poppy seeds, sesame seeds, coarse sea salt, or whatever you like. You can add dry onion soup mix for onion rolls. These are very versatile!"

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