This is the bread recipe that is so very easy and I use this same recipe for dinner rolls, hamburger buns, hot dog buns... You get the idea. I make my kids lunches with this bread. One thing I have found the really makes a difference in my bread recipes is that I use bread flour. Bread flours have more protein and are made from softer wheat. You can use all-purpose flour but using bread flour will get you fluffier, rounder loaves. The steps below are for 8 hamburger buns. If you want hot dog buns just roll into cylinders instead of balls. For dinner rolls, divide into 16 instead of eight.
Things you need:
1 - cup warm water
1 - stick of butter (I used salted)
1 – egg
.25 – cup sugar
3.5 - cups bread flour
1.25 tsp – salt
1 – Tbsp instant yeast
The method to my madness:
First, add warm water to your bowl. You want to warm your bowl so you don't shock your yeast. That's why you add water first.
Then add yeast, salt, and sugar.
Give a couple of licks with a wisk.
Next in a microwave safe bowl, melt 2 tbsp butter.
Beat egg into butter. (don't get butter to hot or you wil make scrambled eggs)
Add egg and butter mixture to bowl.
Start adding flour 1 cup at a time. May need more or less depending on season. You want the dough to barely form a ball and to be somewhat sticky (a.k.a. shaggy dough).
Knead with the electric mixture just a couple of minutes.
Transfer dough to a large bowl that has been sprayed with cooking spray. Spray the top of your dough ball as well.
Cover with a warm, wet kitchen towel and let rise at least 3 hours. An hour will do but the longer it rises the better your bread will taste. 3 hours is the magical number. Great time to do some house work, run errands, clip coupons. Basically just forget about it.
Once raised, punch down and transfer dough to oiled surface (not floured).
Gently divide into 8 pieces. Flatten to about 3” across. Place buns on a well greased cookie sheet. Or use parchment.
Cover with same wet warm towel and let rise another hour.
Brush buns with remaining butter, melted. Add sesames seeds if you wish.
Bake in preheated 375-degree oven for about 15 minutes.