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Belle's Hamburger Buns
July 12, 2007

OK, I have been searching for a good "all-purpose" white bread dough recipe - one that looks good, tastes good, feels soft, and doesn't get stale right away (yes, I'm a stickler, but when you go to all the trouble to make it yourself, you want it to be good). I just made these today, and so far the first three criteria are met! These rolls are GORGEOUS; even the dough is beautiful when you're working with it. They didn't taste bland to me at all, and usually I have to increase the salt or the sweetener in doughs. They are soft and yummy. I made 6 hamburger buns, 6 hot dog. I sprinkled sesame seeds on the hamb. buns. I just greased my cookie sheets - worked great! I'll see how they hold up in terms of getting stale - homemade bread does dry out sooner, but that's because it's not full of all those preservatives anyway! I have the leftovers in the freezer and will update on the "freshness factor" when I thaw them. You could easily get 24 smaller rolls out of this recipe. Highly recommend! *** Next day... I pulled one of the hamb. buns out of the freezer & thawed it in the microwave. Still very good texture & softness, although if you overheat it the bun can get a little tough. Thawing on the counter might have been a better idea. But this is good enough for me - I will look no further! LOVE IT! *** Even more updates - yes, thaw them on the counter, then heat in the microwave JUST until warm (for me, about 25 seconds for a hamb. bun). Delish.

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