I’m still working on this whole yeast thing…also known as the elephant in my room. I never bothered baking my own bread because, honestly, bread doesn’t get any better than what’s available around here.
Still, I felt the need to start baking my own, and now I’m really starting to enjoy it! It’s getting better, I must admit, but I definitely need more practice.
Like with these buns. They were really good, but next time I’ll probably pound them down a bit more. And add sesame seeds. Fun!
To all you other fraidy cats…try this recipe! You’ll surprise yourself and everyone else, I swear! It’s easy.
1 cup warm water
2 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon instant yeast
1 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons butter, melted
3 1/4 cups flour
In mixing bowl, sprinkle sugar and yeast over water. Let sit for 5 minutes. Add salt, egg and butter.
Turn mixer (with dough hook attachment) on low and slowly add flour, one cup at a time, until soft dough is formed. Knead dough in mixer for several minutes.
Lightly flour hands and shape dough into ball. Coat inside of mixing bowl with cooking spray. Place dough back in bowl and let rise in a warm place until doubled.
Divide into 8 pieces and form into rolls or buns. Let rise on greased baking sheets for 30-40 minutes. If desired, brush melted butter on tops and add sesame seeds, dried onion flakes, poppy seeds, or whatever you like.
Bake at 375 degrees for 10-15 minutes or until tops are LIGHT brown. Cool on rack.