Make your own Hamburger Buns with a Bread Machine
Now that I have a bread machine I try to avoid buying bread at the store. The machine makes it so easy and inexpensive to prepare it at home, and the aroma of bread baking spreads through the house. My review of this fantastic invention is right here.
At first I stuck with loaves of bread, not sure I would do well making rolls. But the first time I tried them I found they are so easy and so fun. Now I rarely make bread loaves. I love that I can size them as I want. It is also nice to have them to grab for a quick sandwich or dinner side.
FRESH BAKED BUNS
This is my favorite white roll recipe so far. It’s so simple. The recipe will make 15 rolls, but instead of that, I nearly always cut half sized for dinner rolls which are smaller, then do the other half larger.
The larger ones are my new hamburger buns or sandwich rolls. You can decide how big you want them. If you like hot dogs, shape them into longer narrow rolls. After I cut them I hardly shape them at all. When they rise they tend become round anyway. You can see in the picture below how they come out. One pan is smaller, one larger, and that is without shaping into a ball.
After you pull the dough out of the bread machine and let it sit for ten minutes, just flatten it somewhat until you can easily slice it. Normally, I’ll first cut it in half, then slice into the number I think I want.
I like to turn the oven on a low temp while I’m preparing them, then turn the oven off a few minutes before I put the rolls in to rise. That way the oven is warm but not hot for proofing (rising). The rolls seem to do well that way.
PREP NOW, BAKE LATER
If you don’t want to bake them right away, cover them with plastic wrap and stash them in the fridge. You can keep them that way for up to 48 hours. But they will need more time to rise if so, usually about 2 hours.
They taste great, make wonderful, fresh hamburger buns. Since I am usually cooking for only one or two, I keep a few rolls out, then stash the rest in a freezer zip bag. I barely let them cool before freezing them. I can pull out one or two easily that way. Leave them out for a while to thaw, or thaw for 10 to 15 seconds in the microwave. The rolls still taste fresh and delicious that way.
The machine does the hard part. They are so easy and scrumptious, a lovely way to start any morning.
- 1 cup water
- 2 tablespoons butter or margarine, softened
- 1 egg
- 3¼ cup bread flour
- ¼ cup honey (or sugar)
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 3 teaspoons bread machine yeast or quick active dry yeast
- Carefully measure ingredients, combining all in bread machine in order recommended by manufacturer.Select Dough/Manual cycle. Don't use delay cycles.When it is done (mine takes 2 hours 20 minutes), remove dough from pan with floured hands onto lightly floured surface.
- Cover and let rest 10 minutes.
- Grease two cookie sheets or use parchment paper.
- Divide dough into 15 equal pieces.
- Shape gently into a ball. Place 2 inches apart on cookie sheet.
- Cover and let rise in a warm place for 45 to 60 minutes or until double.
- Heat oven to 375 degrees.
- Brush tops with melted margarine if desired.
- Bake 12 to 15 minutes or until golden brown.
- Serve warm or cool on wire rack.
- Be sure to sample one fresh and warm. Yum!
I use this Panasonic Bread Machine and love it. It makes it even easier to start and leave with the automatic yeast dispenser. Just put the ingredients in and it will beep when it is done.