I shared a pic of dinner last night and had several requests for the recipe I use for making buns. I found the original somewhere on the internet back a while, though I can’t remember where. However, I did change it a bit, because following the original didn’t make them come out quite as nice as they do now. It was a bit of trial and error, and a few batches of buns, before I figured out the right combo to achieve the texture and softness that I wanted.
What you will need:
2 tablespoons active dry yeast (Fleischmann’s is what I use)
1+ cup of warm water (take a glass one cup liquid measuring cup and fill it all the way to the brim)
1/4 cup of sugar
1/3 cup of sunflower oil (the lighter stuff)
1 egg, lightly beaten
3 cups of unbleached white flour (plus a little more for kneading)
(heat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit)
For the egg wash on top:
1 egg yolk
2 tablespoons milk
Beat the two together
Mix the yeast, sugar and water. Then mix in oil and egg. Then mix in the three cups flour all at once. Then stir the dough for at least three minutes. Place on floured surface, ( I put about a cup of flour down) and knead until smooth. It will still be kinda sticky, that’s fine. You don’t let it rise it here.
Pinch of small amounts, form into a ball shape and place on buttered pan (real butter, not that creepy fake stuff) (I use a jellyroll style pan, but you can use a cookie sheet or pizza pan if you need to). How much dough to pinch of is something you will have to experiment with to learn. My advice, make the dough balls a little smaller than you think you need because they will grow. Place them so they will touch each other once they rise a little bit.
Once you have them all on your pan, or pans, dampen a lightweight towel (I use a flour sack towel because its big enough to cover two pans and light enough not to weigh down the dough) and lay over the pans. Let rest for 10 minutes to 12 minutes.
Once the 10 to 12 minutes is up, remove the towel and use a soft brush to brush liberal amounts of the wash over the top of the buns. Place in oven until they are golden brown. Let cool, slice in half, and then put whatever you want between them. We use them for hamburgers, fried chicken sandwiches, sloppy joes, etc. Also use them for hot dogs by taking the same amount you for hamburger buns and shaping them longer instead of round.