I have always wanted to make hamburger and hotdog buns so I finally did using a recipe that I found in The Bread Lover's Bread Machine Cookbook.
These pictures were from the first time I made hotdog buns and I don't think they turned out too bad. Not all the exact same size but that comes with practice.
If you are just starting to use a bread machine this book is the book to get. It goes in great length about troubleshooting. And I so wish I had it when I first started working with a bread machine. I had never even made bread so I just had no knowledge and often worked without guidance and just playing. This book would have saved me lots of heart-ache and frustration. It even has a section on high altitude baking which is what I really needed.
If you aren't new to the bread machine this book is still a great cookbook as it has every type of recipe you would ever want to make with your bread machine. A few of my favorites: Anadama Quick Bread that has buttermilk, molasses, whole wheat flour and corn meal, Cardamom Tea Bread with of course cardamom which is a favorite spice of mine, buttermilk and sour cream both and Mountain Herb bread with basil, tarragon, marjoram, dill weed and thyme. Really this book is huge and full of one good recipe after another. I think Beth Hensperger is really good at explaining bread to those that feel they wouldn't ever be able to make bread. I have read several of her books and I always come away feeling more confident to try recipes I thought I would never try.
So on to the recipe for the buns...this is for a 1 1/2 pound machine and makes about 8 hamburger/hotdog buns. These buns are great for sandwiches, sloppy joes or brats. And brats are the reason I started making them as we have them quite a bit during summertime grilling.
Recipe from The Bread Lover's Bread Machine Cookbook
1 cup water
1 large egg
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into pieces
2 tablespoons sugar
3 cups bread flour
1/4 cup non-fat dry milk
2 tablespoons instant potato flakes
1 tablespoon gluten*
1 teaspoon salt
2 1/4 teaspoons bread machine yeast (or 1 1/4 teaspoons SAF yeast)
1 egg yolk beaten with 1 tablespoon of water for glaze
1 1/2 teaspoons sesame seeds for sprinkling
1. Place ingredients in machine according to the manufacturers instructions. Program with Dough cycle.
2. Line a large baking sheet with parchment or spray with cooking spray. When the cycle ends, press Stop and unplug the machine. Immediately turn the dough onto a lightly floured work surface. With a knife, divide into 8 equal portions. For hamburger dough form each into tight rounds. For long hotdog buns, flatten each portion into an oval about 6-inches long and rolling tightly from a long end to form a cylinder. Place rolls on to the baking sheet at least 1-inch apart. Press with your palm to flatten each roll slightly. Cover loosely with plastic wrap that is coated with cooking spray and let rest for 30 minutes.
3. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
4. Brush the eggs with the glaze and sprinkle with the sesame seeds. Bake for 15 to 22 minutes, depending on the size of roll until lightly browned. Remove the roll from the baking sheet with a spatula and let cool on a rack. Slice horizontally to serve.
* I didn't use the gluten. Most of author's recipes include gluten but I don't use it as it is just harder to find here in my smaller town.
* I didn't do the optional glaze and seeds obviously from my pictures. But would like to try it sometime.