I was shocked at how easy these hamburger buns were to make. Now I make them at least every 2 weeks.
1 cup milk
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup unsalted butter
4 1/2 cups flour
1 package instant yeast
1 tablespoons honey
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 egg, room temperature
1/2 tsp onion powder (optional)
Heat the milk, water, honey and butter until butter is melted. I usually put it in the microwave for 1 minute. The butter continues to melt. Once it is cool to 120F, you can carefully beat in the egg. Then let it cool some more.
Mix 2 cups of the flour , the yeast, salt and onion powder (optional) Mix into the milk mixture. Stir in the rest of the flour, 1/2 cup at a time. Beat well after each addition.
When the dough pulls together, (it will form a soft ball) turn it out onto a floured surface and knead until smooth and elastic. This should take about 5 minutes.
Divide dough into 8 equal pieces if you want large hamburger sized buns. More if you want smaller buns.
Shape into smooth balls, flatten slightly, and place on a silpat covered baking sheet.Let rise for 30 to 35 minutes.
When buns have almost doubled bake at 400 degrees for 10 to 12 minutes.
You can brush the tops with egg wash and sprinkle with poppy seeds, sesame seeds, coarse sea salt, or whatever you like.