First I’d like to tell everyone that my brother and I have been watching, and talking about 90’s and early 2000’s cartoons lately…You know the ones people got up on Saturday mornings to watch. They don’t compare to the really BAD ones you see on television these days. Some of them include: Johnny Bravo, Teen Titans, T.M.N.T, and Ruby Gloom. In fact, I just finished watching an episode of Ruby Gloom and I smiled through the whole thing. It’s so dark, yet so happy! I highly recommend taking a trip down memory lane via old cartoons, you wont regret it.
Alright so here we go!
Bread, something nobody bakes anymore. It’s a lost art because of how easy to buy it at the grocery store. I’ll be honest with you all, I even buy my bread at the store. However every once in a while I’ll roll up my sleeves, cover myself head to toe in flour, and think to myself “how come I don’t do this more often”. The smell is what gets me, there’s nothing better than baking your own bread and having that mouth-watering smell waft through your home. Now add your Saturday morning cartoons and you’re having the best weekend of your life.
Yields: 6-8 buns. Prep time: 3ish hours. Baking time: 20 minutes (or until golden).
Stand mixer with hook attachment (Or knead by hand).
Measuring cups and spoons.
Dish cloth or plastic wrap.
…and of course an oven.
3 3/4 cups bread flour (all-purpose can be used).
1 1/4 teaspoon yeast.
2 teaspoons fine salt (I used fine sea salt)
1 teaspoon white sugar.
13 fluid oz warm water. (You can find fluid ounces on a liquid measuring cup)
Butter or coating the pan.
1 egg for brushing buns before going into the oven.
1. Pre-heat oven to 350/400 degrees.
2. Combine warm water, yeast and sugar together. Let sit till yeast creates a foamy looking texture on top.
3. In stand mixer bowl combine flour and salt. Add the water/yeast mixture to the flour on the lowest speed for about 2 minutes.
4. Continue to mix on the second lowest speed for about 5 minutes, or until the dough comes together and is smooth.
5. Knead on counter surface (no flour needed) to create a ball shape. Oil your medium-sized bowl and place dough ball inside. Place on top of the oven(or in a warm area) to rise, placing a dish cloth on top or wrapping bowl with plastic wrap.
6. Once dough is double in size punch the dough down and knead for a minute or two.
7. Cut dough into even sections and tightly roll into smaller balls.
8. Place small dough balls in a buttered baking pan. Slightly and gently press each one down (this creates that flatter appearance you need for a sandwich bun). Cover with a dish towel or plastic wrap again and let rise till double its size (about 20 minutes). Brushing butter on top of each roll before you put it to rise a second time will help the dough stay moist.
9. Once double in size brush each roll with egg wash, this will help the rolls turn that nice golden colour.
10. Bake in oven for about 20 minutes OR until golden. Let rest till cool enough to handle.
**Note, I did not brush mine with egg wash, that is why they look so pale.