Alright, so I got this recipe a while back and it was a DISASTER!! The first batch of buns I made were burnt and small (not by my own fault, I followed the recipe exactly) and so I decided to give them a makeover, make them more savory and wonderful! So, follow along and make these yourself, they are wonderful!!
First off, let’s start with ingredients:
2 tbs. of Active Dry Yeast (that’s about 2.5 packets roughly)
1/2 C. Warm water (110-115 degrees)
1/2 C. Milk
1/3 C. Olive Oil
1/4 C. White Sugar
1 tsp. Salt
3 1/2 C. All Purpose Flour (I prefer unbleached, it’s more nutritious)
1) First off, set your oven to 350° and let it preheat. Next, get your 1/2 Cup of warm water and dissolve your yeast in it with the sugar. Let it sit for about 5 minutes to make sure it activates (it will start to foam up slightly).
2) Stir in your olive oil, milk, salt and egg. Mix it up pretty well before you add in your flour.
3) Add in all your flour at the same time (I think this makes it easier because I hate peeling sticky dough off the counter). Stir it in until a soft dough forms and turn it out onto a lightly floured surface. Knead the dough until smooth (roughly 5-8 minutes).
4) Form your dough into a ball and cut it in half. Halve your two halves, then halve them again. That should make 8 pieces. If that bit of instruction was too confusing, just cut it into 8 equal pieces.
5) This recipe requires very little dough resting/rising, so, form the dough into 8 balls and flatten them slightly. Place them on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper (or if you have a nice cooking stone, ignore the paper) and let them rest for 10 minutes. I usually cover mine with a towel and place them on the preheated stove top to let them rest)
6) Bake at 350° for 13-15 minutes. I did mine for 13 because I like them a tiny bit doughy in the middle.
7) And presto! Buns! I usually take mine out of the oven, cover them with a towel and lightly spray it with water (they were already soft, but this process helps keep them very soft and moist!).
These buns are very dense and hearty, but they are super delicious. We used them to eat our pulled pork sandwiches, which I’ll be posting that recipe later! The original recipe told me to practically flash bake them at 425° and they were all burnt and the tops pulled away from the buns, it was a disaster, but these turned out beautifully and I added/removed things to make them healthier and more scrumptious. I hope you like them, I know we do!
P.S. These make great hamburger buns and dinner rolls too! And they are so easy/fast to make!
As always, may the odds be ever in your favor!
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