The best part is that I throw this recipe in the bread maker. You could make them without as well....but I only do that when I'm doubling a batch.
So, to make these little delights, throw the ingredients in the bread maker in the following order:
1 and 2/3 cup warm water
2 tbsp stick margarine or butter*
2 tbsp sugar
2 tsp salt
4 and 1/3 cups flour**
1 and 1/2 tsp yeast
*I have also substituted crisco shortening for the butter when having guests over that can't eat dairy.
**Substituting whole wheat flour also works well in this recipe.
Set your bread maker to dough/pasta setting. When complete, shape into small balls (I usually get about 18 buns with this recipe). Allow to rise in greased pans (two 9 inch round cake pans work well for this), until doubled in size (about 30 minutes). Cover them lightly with a clean tea towel in a warm place while they rise. Bake in a preheated 350F oven for approximately 22 minutes, or until desired golden color is reached.
|Ready for the oven
|Finished product.... next time I'd brown them a bit more.... but the kids were waiting like hungry vultures.
My daughter loves to get a big gob of dough and make her own bun. Baking it separate for her to eat as a special treat is always fun :)