Hamburger Buns

adapted from King Arthur Flour

  • 3/4 to 1 cup lukewarm water
  • 2 tablespoons butter, at room temperature
  • 1 large egg
  • 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons salt
  • 1 tablespoon instant yeast

Directions

Mix and knead all of the dough ingredients to make a soft, smooth dough – about 10 minutes.

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 egg wash – 1 egg white and water.

Bake the buns in a preheated 375°F oven for 15 to 18 minutes, until golden. Remove them from the oven and cool on a rack.