Beautiful Burger Buns
For the buns
3/4 to 1 (6-8 ounces) cup lukewarm water *
2 tablespoons butter
1 large egg
3 1/2 cups (14 3/4 ounces) King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
1/4 cup (1 3/4 ounces) sugar
1 1/4 teaspoons salt
1 tablespoon instant yeast
for the 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.
To make the dough - 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 until it’s nearly doubled in bulk, approximatel 1 to 2 hours.
To shape the buns - Gently deflate the dough, and divide it into 8 pieces. Shape each piece into a round ball; flatten to about 3″ across. To make smaller (slider) buns divide the dough into 12 to 13, 2 ounce pieces and press into 1 1/2 to 2 inch disks. Place the buns on a lightly greased or parchment-lined baking sheet, cover, and let rise for about an hour, until noticeably puffy. Gently brush the buns with about half of the melted butter.
To bake the buns - 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.
~Yields 8 large or 12 small burger buns
Recipe as seen on King Arthur Flour.