There are few smells more enticing than fresh made bread. I can remember walking into the Merita bread store on Saturdays when I was little. My mom and grandpa would pick out bread while my sister and I would descend on the snack cakes and pick out a treat. The smell of fresh bread permeated the air and wafted its way into our being.
Nowadays I have my bread machine right here at home and that smell can be created anytime I want fresh bread. One of my favorite things to make is fresh buns. Hamburger or hot dog style, they just taste so much better when they’re fresh! They also freeze really well if you end up with leftovers. Here is my go to bun recipe.
- 1 1/4c warm water
- 2tbsp yeast
- 1/2c applesauce
- 2tbsp sugar or honey
- 1 egg
- 4 1/2c to 4 3/4c all-purpose flour
- 1tsp salt
- butter for brushing before you bake
- Sprinkle the yeast into the water and let it foam for 10-15 minutes.
- Add the rest of the ingredients to the bread machine in the order listed. You will likely want to start with the 4 1/2c flour and add more if needed. This recipe tends to need more or less flour depending on the humidity.
- Turn the bread machine to the dough setting and let it mix the dough. If you notice the dough is super sticky, add more flour one tablespoon at a time until the dough is no longer runny. It will be a sticky dough, but it should form a ball as the bread machine mixes.
- Once the bread machine completes the dough cycle, spray a baking sheet with non-stick cooking spray or coat with your choice of oil. Turn the dough onto the baking sheet and knead a few times until it no longer sticks to your fingers.
- Divide the dough into 8-12 equal sized portions and roll into a ball for hamburger buns or a log for hot dog buns. If you want smaller buns, divide the dough into smaller portions. Place the buns on the greased baking sheet. You may find it easier to use two greased sheets, one to knead the dough and one to place the buns on.
- Cover the buns and let them rise for one hour.
- Brush the top of the buns with softened butter.
- Bake the buns for 12-15 minutes or until lightly browned at 425*F.
- Slice your buns and enjoy! Leftovers freeze nicely individually wrapped.