Yes, you can do this daily! These buns are so good, you will never want store-bought ones again. They cost pennies to make and, if you have a bread-maker, requires very little work. The best part….the kids devour them with dinner!!! You need about 3 hours, timing-wise, if you want them with dinner. Or, you can make a batch of the dough and put it in the fridge for tomorrow.
If you don’t have a bread-maker….just get one! I use mine a few times a week. I bought this one for cheap from Amazon:
- 1 cup very warm water
- 1 tablespoon milk
- 2 tablespoons oil
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 3 cups bread flour (AP flour will also work)
- 2 teaspoons active dry yeast
- 2 tablespoons melted butter (approx)
- Garlic Salt to taste
Cooking Time: 20-25min at 350 degrees.
TIP: While you have all the ingredients out, grab a few plastic baggies, add brown sugar, flour and yeast and store. This makes prep even quicker and for me, doesn’t seem like so much work. Just add the wet ingredients, throw a baggie full of the dry ingredients on top and go!
Throw all ingredients in your bread-maker in the order listed.
Set your bread-maker on the DOUGH setting. (It should take about an hour and a half with rising time). It should look like this:
After this point, you have some options. This recipe can make a number of different types of bread. You can make a full loaf, you can split it in half and make two french-style loafs, braids, rolls, etc. I like the rolls because it takes the least amount of time to cook. You can also shape your bread and put it in the fridge for the next day at this point.
Pull the dough out of the machine and start tearing about two tablespoons worth of dough at a time. It will look like it’s two small…but trust me…it will be enough. You do NOT need to KNEAD this dough. To shape into round balls, just pull your thumbs from the top to the bottom and tuck it in to the middle. This will ensure you get nice and smooth roll tops. You will get 15 rolls out of this dough.
Spray a baking pan with non-stick spray and place rolls in pan. Brush the top with melted butter and sprinkle a little garlic salt over top. (you can see in the next photo my first row of rolls were too big and I ran out of dough….this is how big they got just after 10 minutes of rising).
Cover with a tea-towel and let rise for 30 minutes to an hour. (I keep mine in the microwave).
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
TIP: Place cookie sheet, or roasting pan on the bottom rack of oven to preheat WITH the oven…you want this pan to be nice and hot. Right after you put the rolls in, take a handful of ice and CAREFULLY slide into the bottom pan. This is a great bakers tip. Don’t worry about spraying with water, adding a water bath. The ice creates fast and instant steam that will create a nice and crispy crust to your rolls. Works with any bread. Trust me…it’s easy….you can do this!
What you’re left with is nice, fluffy rolls with a great crispy crust. Enjoy!