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Homemade Hamburger, Hot Dog Buns or Sub Rolls (No Bread maker Needed)

I know a lot of you probably don’t have bread makers so I wanted to share with you a great recipe to make the best hamburger, hot dog, or sub rolls. It really all depends on how you shape it! These are super yummy and fluffy to boot.

Here’s the recipe:

Ingredients

* 5 teaspoons dry active yeast (2 packages)
* 1/4 cup sugar
* 2 cups water, warm (not hot or it will kill the yeast)
* 3 tablespoons butter, melted
* 2 tablespoons salt
* 5 – 5 1/2 cups bread flour (you can use all-purpose)
* cornmeal
* 1 egg white
* sesame seed (optional)

Directions

1. Dissolve sugar in water and add yeast to proof. Rest one to two minutes.
2. Melt butter and, along with the salt, stir into yeast mixture.
3. Mix in flour, 1 cup at a time until desired consistency is reached (this dough should not be terribly stick to the touch, but should have plenty of “give” and not be too tough).
4. Knead until VERY well developed (important!). Your dough is finished when you can tear a small piece off, roll into a ball and stretch to form a nearly transparent “window” between your fingers without it tearing

5. Cover and let stand until doubled in bulk (approx 40 minutes).
6. Lightly dust a small amount of corn meal over well-greased pans
(If you’re making subs, roll your dough into long, thin “logs” and place about 3″ apart on the pans. Slash each loaf every inch and a half with a knife)
(If you’re making hamburger buns, roll into balls and flatten out where it’s still a bit rounded)
7. Brush with egg white and sprinkle with sesame seeds if desired.
8. Let double in size.
9. Bake in a 400°F oven until golden brown.

If you find your dough is still too sticky just add a little bit of flour at a time until you get the consistency you need. Also, when you’re letting your dough rise, I actually set the oven to preheat and place the mixing bowl on top of the oven towards the back where the heat seeps out. I then actually use a bath towel and place it over the bowl and the back of the oven. That way it keeps just enough heat under the towel to get the dough to really rise.

Enjoy your cheap buns!

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