Overall, this recipe takes about an hour, including cook time. As yeast bread recipes go, this is a very fast and simple one. There isn't much time devoted to rise because most of that rise takes place in the oven. Cook time is no more than twelve minutes. The result is bread rolls (for hamburgers) or hot-dog style buns for sausages.
Buns and Rolls
For yeast bread, this is a very fast recipe. It uses four and a half cups of flour, three quarter cup of milk, an equal amount of water, butter or oil, and just a bit of time.
About this Recipe
As bread recipes go, this is also very simple. It takes about an hour from start to finish and provides you with a very healthy and tasty alternative to "store-bought" buns or rolls.
Though it calls for a thirty minute rise, most of the rise actually takes place in the oven. The milk and salt in the recipe actually retards the action of the yeast until that yeast encounters some higher than normal heat. Once that happens rise is rapid and consistent giving these rolls or buns a nice texture.
Note that cook time is limited to twelve minutes. If you make smaller buns or rolls, because it is very easy to get more than twelve out of this recipe, be sure to adjust cook time downward to ten or eight minutes depending on bun size.
Prep time 30 min - Total time 60 min - 120 cal/serv
Ingredients for 12 servings
3/4 Cup Milk • 3/4 Cup water • 1/4 Cup butter • or • 4 Tablespoons oil • 4 1/2 Cups Flour • 1 teaspoon yeast • 2 Tablespoons sugar • 1 1/2 teaspoon salt • 1 egg
In a small saucepan, heat milk, water and butter until very warm, 120 degrees F (50 degrees C).
In a large bowl, mix together 2 cups of sifted flour, yeast, sugar and salt. Mix milk mixture into flour mixture, and then mix in egg. Stir in the remaining flour, 1/2 cup at a time, mixing well after each addition. When the dough has pulled together, turn it out onto a lightly floured surface, and knead until smooth and elastic, about 8 minutes.
All of this can be done in a stand mixer with a dough hook.
Divide dough into 12 (or more) equal pieces. Shape into smooth balls, and place on a parchment paper lined baking sheet. Flatten slightly. Cover, and let rise for 30 minutes. Note, there will not be a great deal of rise.
Bake at 400 degrees F (200 degrees C) for 10 to 12 minutes, or until golden brown.
For Hot Dog Buns: Shape each piece into a 6x4 inch rectangle. Starting with the longer side, roll up tightly, and pinch edges and ends to seal. Let rise about 20 to 25 minutes. Bake as above. These buns are pretty big. I usually make 16 instead of 12.