1 cup milk
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup butter
4 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 (.25 ounce) package instant yeast; if you buy in bulk, this equals 2 1/4 tsp.
2 tablespoons white sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons salt; coarse ground sea salt is great
1. In a small saucepan, heat milk, water and butter until very warm, 120 degrees F (50 degrees C).
2. In a large bowl, mix together only 1 3/4 cup flour, yeast, sugar and salt. Mix milk mixture into flour mixture, and then mix in egg. Stir in the remaining flour, 1/2 cup at a time, beating well after each addition. When the dough has pulled together, turn it out onto a lightly floured surface, and knead until smooth and elastic, about 8 minutes.
3. Divide dough into 12 (or more) equal pieces.
for hamburger buns- Shape into smooth balls, and place on a greased baking sheet. Flatten slightly. Cover, and let rise for 35 minutes.
for hot dog buns- Shape each piece into a 6×4 inch rectangle. Starting with the longer side, roll up tightly, and pinch edges and ends to seal. Cover and let rise for 25 minutes.
4. Bake at 400 degrees F (200 degrees C) for 10 to 12 minutes, or until golden brown.
*These buns can be frozen; and frozen as dough – after allowing them to rise.
If planning ahead for future use, let rise in a metal baking dish. When risen, cover with foil and freeze. Or, my prefered method: Let them rise as directed above – on the cookie sheet -; then place directly into freezer, until frozen. Then, place in ziplock baggies and keep in freezer until ready to bake. This is essentially the same way I freeze my vegetables, as I discussed here, @ How To Properly Freeze Peppers & More These buns also keep well in the fridge; or for a few days in a bread basket.
*This recipe has many uses- from bacon, egg & cheese sandwiches, to pulled pork sandwhiches, or the latest creation and my new favorite:My Spicy Chicken Sandwiches. Don’t limit yourself! Enjoy. :b