I know I have another Hamburger Bun recipe on here, but this recipe... This one right here... is the perfect hamburger bun. The texture, the taste, the size, everything. In fact, I only needed four of them, so I took four to a friend. On Facebook that night she posted, "I have to say it publicly... Your buns are awesome!" Now, I have been working out lately, but she was speaking of these tasty buns. They were easy to make and better than any store bought bun you'll ever find.
Source: King Arthur Flour Baker's Companion (another amazing cookbook) It's also on their website
1 c water
2 T butter
1 lg egg
3 1/4 c flour
1/4 c sugar
1 t salt
1 T instant yeast
1 t onion powder (optional)
1/2 t dried minced onion (optional)
sesame seeds (optional, but oodles better with them)
Combine all ingredients and mix them together. (I didn't use the onion powder or minced onion.) I threw them all into a bread make and put it on the dough setting. If you don't have a bread maker, knead it until it forms a soft, smooth dough. Place it a bowl, cover it, and let it rise for an hour.
Once it has risen for an hour, divide the dough into eight pieces. Shape the dough into flattened ball. See the picture below. Place the dough discs on a greased cookie sheet.
One of the best things about these buns is that you get to pull them apart. You know how the store-bought buns are like that, and you have that one flat end? These totally do that. Amazing.
In the picture above, I made cheddar-stuffed hamburgers with sauteed onions. It was great. These buns are out of sight! But they will never be out of mind. :)