Monday, May 14, 2012

Sweet Buns

If you've been following us for awhile, this recipe may seem familiar to you. A variation of the sweet white bread, these hamburger buns or dinner rolls are the best! 
2 cups warm water (110-120F degrees)
2/3 cup white sugar
1 1/2 T active dry yeast
1 1/2 tsp sea salt
1/4 cup melted butter or canola oil
5 1/2 - 6 cups bread flour (I think you could use all purpose white flour)

In a large bowl (I use my stand mixer bowl but I let some warm water sit in it first so that my water doesn't cool off when I add the yeast and the water). I dissolve the sugar in the warm water first then add the yeast. Allow it to proof until yeast resembles a creamy foam. It took mine about 15 minutes.

Stir the oil into the yeast. Mix in flour one cup at a time and add the salt. Knead dough on a lightly floured surface until smooth or use a stand mixer and dough hook on a 2 setting for a couple of minutes then knead by hand for another 2-3 minutes. Shape the dough into a ball and place it into a well oiled bowl. Turn the dough so it's covered with oil and place the smooth side up. Cover with a dish towel, I use the white cotton dish towels like grandma used. Allow to rise until doubled - mine usually takes an hour.

Punch dough down. Knead for a few minutes and divide in half. Shape into 24 balls and place into two parchment paper lined 9x13 pans. Allow to rise 30-60 minutes or until the dough has risen and buns are touching. Bake at 350F degrees for 25-30 minutes. Place on cooling rack and remove from pans after 10 minutes. I always brush butter over the tops while they are still warm if I use them for dinner rolls! Sweet deliciousness!
Love and peace,
~ Simply Tammi 

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