Beautiful Ham burger Buns ….

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THE BEST. Soft, and golden-yellow simple buns are perfect for burgers, but also fine for any kind of sandwiches . This recipe can be used to make hot dog buns too.. I even made braided bread with the same leftover dough …

Ingredients :

3/4 to 1 cup lukewarm water
2 tablespoons butter
1 large egg { I replaced it with 1 heaping tablespoon of whole organic flax seed, blend until it becomes a fine meal. Add 1/4 cup cold water blend 2-3 minutes until thickened and has the consistency of eggs. Each 1/4 cup of Flax seed mixture will replace one egg in baking }

3 1/2 cups Unbleached All-Purpose Flour { I used bread flour }
2 TBS sugar
1 1/4 teaspoons salt
1 tablespoon instant yeast
3 tablespoons melted butter ( for brushing the buns )

Directions :

1) Mix and knead all of the dough ingredients — by hand, mixer, or bread machine — to make a soft, smooth dough.
2) Cover the dough, and let it rise for 1 to 2 hours, or until it’s doubled .
3) Gently deflate the dough, and divide it into 10 pieces. Shape each piece into a round ball; flatten to about 3″ across. Place the buns on a lightly greased or parchment-lined baking sheet, cover, and let rise for about an hour, until noticeably puffy.
4) Brush the buns with about half of the melted butter.
5) Bake the buns in a preheated 375°F oven for 15 to 18 minutes, until golden. Remove them from the oven, and brush with the remaining melted butter. This will give the buns a satiny, buttery crust.
6) Cool the buns on a rack.

Yield: 10 large buns.

Note :

For slightly smaller buns, divide the dough into 14 pieces instead of 10. Bake the buns for 12 to 15 minutes, instead of 15 to 18 minutes
For Slinger buns Divide the dough into 24 pieces, and bake for 12 to 15 minutes.
Brushing buns with melted butter will give them a soft, light golden crust. Brushing with an egg-white wash (1 egg white beaten with 1/4 cup water) will give them a shinier, darker crust. For seeded buns, brush with the egg wash; it’ll make the seeds adhere.
I made 6 rolls out of the dough and with the rest of the dough made 1 braided loaf and 1 small puppy shaped bun for my younger one .

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