Hamburger/Hot Dog Buns
Ingredients --- amount for 6 buns (9 buns)
egg 1 (1)
milk 1/2 c. (7/8 c.)
butter 3tbsp (4 1/2 tbsp) -- if you are concerned about cholesterol, you can substitute olive oil. I also use olive oil because it
keeps the buns fresher for a longer period w/out freezing. Don't use canola/vegetable as the
taste is affected. I assume margarine would be fine.
sugar 2tbsp (3tbsp)
salt 1/2tsp(3/4 tsp)
bread flour 2 c. (3 c.) -- do not use all purpose as it affects the consistency badly. Or use a 3:1 ratio if need be.
yeast 2 tsp (1tbsp) -- yes, that is 1 full tablespoon for 9.
Set aside 2 (3) tbsp of milk to be used to brush the tops of the rolls if you wish. I don't always remember to do it and they turn out fine. Sesame seeds are optional (to be sprinkled on before you bake, not when doing the dough!)
Follow the instructions of your bread machine for assembly of the liquid and dry ingredients. Make sure your milk (and butter if you use) is tepid only. Cold really affects the rising of these and the solid butter takes too long to melt on the dough cycle. Set the machine for the dough stage (white bread if it has these subsets). Press start.
It should take an hour and a half or so. At the beginning, make sure to use a spatula to push any dry ingredients down to the bottom that don't get taken up in the initial knead or two.
When the dough is done, remove it from teh machine and punch it down. Cut the smaller recipe into 6 equal parts and the larger recipe into 9. Let the dough rest for 5 minutes while you butter one or two baking sheets (don't use pans! The bread will cook unevenly and burn on the bottom and sides). For hamburger buns, roll each piece into a ball and flatten it to form a patty about 3 inches wide and 1/2 inch thick. For hot dog buns, roll each piece into a 6 inch rope and flatten to 1/2 inch thickness. Place rolls on baking sheet (or a plate). Cover loosely and set in warm place to rise for 20 minutes. Preheat oven to 400 degrees fahrenheit. (i never cover mine and I don't see any bad results.)
Lightly brush the tops of rolls w/ milk and sprinkle on sesame seeds at the end of the rising stage. Bake 12-15 minutes (until skewer inserted comes back clean or the bread bounces back to touch).
Note, if you only have one baking sheet and can't get all the buns onto it for the cooking, that's fine. Cook the first set and then before putting the second set in the oven, flatten them a tad so they don't rise too much.
Mmmm...you have no idea how I suffered till I found this recipe since I couldn't eat store bread any more. Very good...and my exboyfriend actually prefers them to store bought when I deign to indulge him.