Basic Not-So-Sweet Dough

I made buns last weekend from a recipe my mom gave me. Making bread is so easy with a bread machine. And I like it a whole lot more if I just use the machine to make the dough and then bake it in the oven, as the crust doesn’t get too crusty.

I shaped these into buns for sandwiches. Very good.

Basic Not-So-Sweet Dough (1-1/2 pound recipe)

3/4 cup water
1 egg
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons butter or margarine
2 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons nonfat dry milk powder
1 1/2 teaspoons active dry yeast

Place all ingredients in bread pan, select Dough setting, and press Start.
When dough has risen long enough, the machine will beep. Turn off bread machine, remove bread pan, and turn out dough onto a floured countertop or cutting board.

To make into buns:
Grease a baking sheet. Roll pieces of dough into balls and flatten for hamburger buns or shape into 6-inch rolls for hot dog buns. Place on prepared baking sheet. Cover and let rise in warm oven 10 to 15 minutes until almost doubled. (Hint: To warm oven slightly, turn oven on Warm setting for 2 minutes, then turn it off, and place covered dough in oven to rise. Remove sheet from oven to preheat.)
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Bake 12 to 15 minutes until golden brown. Remove from oven and cool on racks. When ready to use, split buns in half horizontally.

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