Homemade Hamburger Buns

6:13 AM

Lately I have been baking all of our bread at home, and as I was grabbing a package of hamburger buns off the shelf at the store I figured I might as well try making them at home.  Reading over the recipe I found on Tastykitchen.com, it really didn't seem difficult at all, and it wasn't!  These buns were slightly more dense (barely), almost like a dinner roll or potato bread, and were pretty tasty.  The kiddos helped me buttering the buns and sprinkling (very generously) sesame seeds to make them feel more authentic, so they had a blast.  The recipe says you can fashion the dough into hot dog buns, or you could just make these into dinner rolls (if you roll the dough slightly thicker, the buns puff up more and look roll-like, so I've noticed).  These don't take much work to make, so if you are feeling up to being very domestic, why not be one of the few Americans out there who has made homemade hamburger buns!

Homemade Hamburger Buns
Yields 10-12

1 1/4 cups milk, slightly warmed
1 egg, beaten
2 tablespoons butter
1/4 cup sugar
3/4 teaspoon salt
3 3/4 cups bread flour
1 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast
sesame seeds (optional)

1. Place all ingredients in pan of bread machine, according to manufacturer’s directions. Select dough setting.

2. When cycle is complete, turn out onto floured surface.

3.  Cut dough in half and roll each half out to a 1″ thick circle.

4. Cut each half into six 3 1/2″ rounds with inverted glass dipped in flour as a cutter. (If you want hotdog buns, shape them as such).

5. Place on greased baking sheet far apart and brush with melted butter. Sprinkle with sesame seeds, if desired.

6. Cover and let rise until doubled, about one hour.

7. Bake at 350° for 9 minutes.

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