Beautiful Burger Buns

Photo by PineyCook
Adapted from kingarthurflour.com

PREP TIME

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minutes

TOTAL TIME

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minutes

SERVINGS

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servings

PREP TIME

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minutes

TOTAL TIME

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minutes

SERVINGS

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servings

Adapted from kingarthurflour.com

Ingredients

  • BUNS

  • 3/4 to 1

    cup lukewarm water*

  • 2

    tablespoons butter, at room temperature

  • 1

    large egg

  • 3 1/2

    cups King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour

  • 1/4

    cup sugar

  • 1 1/4

    teaspoons salt

  • 1

    tablespoon instant yeast

  • TOPPING

  • 3

    tablespoons melted butter

  • For best results (a smooth, slightly soft dough), use the smaller amount of water in summer (or in a humid environment), the greater amount in winter (or in a dry climate); and something in between the rest of the time.

Directions

Mix and knead all of the dough ingredients — by hand, mixer, or bread machine — to make a soft, smooth dough. Cover the dough, and let it rise for 1 to 2 hours, or until it's nearly doubled in bulk. Gently deflate the dough, and divide it into 8 pieces. Shape each piece into a round ball; flatten to about 3" across. Place the buns on a lightly greased or parchment-lined baking sheet, cover, and let rise for about an hour, until noticeably puffy. Brush the buns with about half of the melted butter. Bake the buns in a preheated 375°F oven for 15 to 18 minutes, until golden. Remove them from the oven, and brush with the remaining melted butter. This will give the buns a satiny, buttery crust. Cool the buns on a rack. Yield: 8 large buns.

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