Homemade Hamburger Buns
1 c. milk
1/2 c. water
1/4 c. unsalted butter
4.5 c. flour
1 pkg. yeast
1 T. honey
1.5 t. salt
1 egg @ room temperature
Heat the milk, water, honey, and butter until butter is melted; cool to 120F. Beat egg then carefully stir into milk mixture. When mixture is cooled to about 115F, stir in the yeast and allow to proof. Stir together the flour and salt, then add to milk mixture about 1/2 c. at a time until dough pulls together. Knead by hand for about 5 minutes (or use your Kitchen Aid).
Divide dough into 12 equal pieces, shape into smooth balls as if you're making rolls, flatten with the palm of your hand, and allow to rise on a lightly greased baking sheet (or baking sheet lined with parchment paper) for 30-35 minutes.
Bake at 400 degrees for 10-12 minutes. Brush lightly with butter when they come out of the oven if desired. Cool on wire racks, slice when cool, and enjoy!
**I substituted buttermilk for the milk, coconut oil for the butter, and used 1.5 c. whole wheat pastry mixed with 3 c. unbleached white flour.
Let me know if you try them - bon appetit!