There's something truly satisfying about making things from scratch. Things just seem to taste better and you're happier with the results. Such is the case for these burger buns.
They may feel heavy and dense in your hand, but cut them open and splay your burger upon it, and you will realize these are the perfect burger buns. They do exactly what you would want a bun to do, AND they taste amazing. Enjoy!
Yields 6 buns
1/2 cup milk
1/4 cup water
1/8 cup butter
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 of a (.25 ounce) package instant yeast
1 tablespoons white sugar
3/4 teaspoons salt
1/2 egg (yes, I know this is inconvenient, but add the remainder into your burger patties!)
In a small pot, heat milk, water, and butter until very warm, about 120 degrees F.
In a large bowl, mix together 7/8 cup flour, yeast, sugar, and salt. Mix milk mixture into flour mixture, and then mix in the egg. Stir in the remaining flour, 1/2 cup at a time, beating 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 8-10 minutes.
Preheat oven to 400 F.
Divide dough into 6 equal pieces. Shape into smooth balls, and place on a greased baking sheet. Flatten slightly. Cover and let rise for 30 to 35 minutes.
Bake for 10 to 12 minutes, or until golden brown.