What is it about being stuck inside on cold, snowy days that makes you want to bake, and knead, and hibernate, and FEED people? The harder the snow comes down, the more you want to be in the kitchen creating delicious smelling things to fill the home. And nothing fills a home with comforting aromas more than bread.
These are super easy. Next snow storm heads your way, try these!
- 1 C water
- 2 T butter or margarine
- 1 egg
- 3 1/4 C all-purpose, unbleached flour
- 1/4 C sugar
- 1 t salt
- 1 T instant yeast
Preheat oven to 375
Add the yeast and a pinch of sugar to 1/4 cup lukewarm water (100-105 degrees). Let this sit for about 5 minutes until the yeast is dissolved and bubbling.
While you are waiting, melt the butter.
In separate bowl, whisk egg lightly, add remaining 3/4 cup water and the melted butter. When yeast mixture has bloomed add to water mixture and stir. Pour mixture in the bowl of a stand mixer fit with a dough hook.
In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour and sugar. With the stand mixer on the lowest setting, start adding flour/sugar mix slowly until it is all incorporated. Turn mixer up to setting 2 and let it knead for 4-5 minutes. Do this long enough so the dough looks smooth and is clinging to the dough hook. Add 1 tsp of salt during the last minute of kneading.
Lightly flour a flat surface, remove dough from mixer and lightly knead by hand for a minute of two.
Shape dough into a ball and place in greased bowl in a warm spot, covered for 1 hour.
Shape into 8 buns and place on cookie sheets, cover and let rise again for 30-40 minutes.
Bake for 12-15 minutes until golden. Cool on wire racks.
NOTE: Letting them cool is SERIOUSLY the hardest part!