Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Bread - Buns for sandwiches, etc

These buns are great for everything. They are especially great warm, out of the oven, with butter. Yummy


3 TBS warm milk - I put it in the microwave, then let it cool a bit
1 cup warm water - about 110 degrees
2 tsp instant yeast
2 1/2 TBS Sugar
1 1/2 tsp salt
1 large egg
3 cups bread flour
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
2 1/2 TBS unsalted butter, softened

In a bowl of a stand mixer, combine the water, yeast, sugar, milk, salt and egg. Use a fork to mix them together. Add the flours to the bowl and mix with the kneading hook. Mix in the butter just as the flours start to come together. Knead on low for 6 - 8 minutes.

Transfer to a lightly oiled bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise in a warm place until doubled in bulk, 1 - 2 hours.

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Divide the dough on a lightly floured board. You can divide the dough into 8 parts for a larger bun or 16 smaller buns. Roll each piece into a ball, place the seam on the bottom. Cover and rise for 1 -2 hours.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. You can brush the buns with an egg wash, but I always forget to do this.
You can also put a pan with water on a bottom rack of the oven to create a steam bath for the buns. I forget to do this too, it just makes the crust crispier.
Bake for 15 minutes, rotate the buns half way through.

Cool and Enjoy!

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