Our family made the switch to homemade bread products several years ago. In part, this was due to cost. Decent store-bought bread is pricey. Another motivating factor was quality.
We prefer breads and buns with texture and substance. Pretty much any buns, rolls, or bread at the store that we enjoy are outside the budget. Once I got the hang of making bread loaves, I decided to try buns and rolls.
I have made these hamburger buns more times than I can count. It is a versatile recipe, in that I can shape the dough into hamburger buns, hot dog buns, or dinner rolls if I like. Once, I even got fancy and made cloverleaf rolls.
Homemade Hamburger Buns
1 1/3 c. warm water
2 T. butter
2 T. powdered milk
3 T. sugar
2 t. salt
2 1/2 t. active dry yeast
1. Pour water into pan of bread machine. Cut butter into very small pieces and drop into the water. This is a bit unconventional. I realize that traditionalists use room temperature, softened butter. I fail to plan ahead that far, and the end results are the same whether I do it the “right” way or my way.
2. Pour all of the remaining ingredients into the bread pan. Set the bread machine to the “dough” cycle and push start. For my machine, this is 90 minutes. Watch the machine to make sure the dough forms a nice ball and isn’t sticking to the sides of the pan.
3. Once the dough cycle is complete, dump the dough ball out onto the counter and knead it 4 or 5 times. Some people prefer to flour the counter first. I find the step unnecessary for this recipe. Form the dough into a ball and cover with a clean dish towel. Allow to rise for 30 minutes.
4. Cut the dough into 12 equal chunks for hamburger buns. I do eight chunks for hot dog buns and 24 for dinner rolls. Form the dough into balls and flatten into desired shapes. Place on baking sheet sprayed with oil and allow to rise for 20 minutes. I use a silicone baking sheet liner instead of the oil spray.
5. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Once the buns are done rising, bake for 18 minutes. Remove from the oven and allow to cool slightly. Will keep for several days when stored in a covered container.
- 1 1/3 cup warm water
- 2 T. butter
- 2 T. powdered milk
- 3 T. sugar
- 2 t. salt
- 2 1/2 t. active dry yeast
- 4 c. flour
- Pour water into pan of bread machine. Cut butter into small chunks and put into bread pan.
- Pour remaining ingredients, in order, into the bread machine. Set the bread machine to the "dough" cycle and press start. Check dough to make sure it forms a nice ball and is not sticking to the sides of the pan.
- When bread machine is done, dump dough onto counter and knead 4 - 5 times. Form dough into a ball, cover with a clean dish towel, and allow to rise 30 minutes.
- When dough is done rising, cut into equal sized pieces (12 for hamburger buns, 8 for hot dog buns, 24 for dinner rolls). Form into balls and flatten into appropriate shapes. Place on a baking sheet sprayed with oil. Allow to rise another 20 minutes.
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. After rising time, bake buns for 18 minutes. Remove from the oven and allow to cool.
What are your favorite baked goods to make at home? Let me know in an email or comment below!