I have made these twice - the first time following the recipe exactly as written and directed and the second time making a few changes. If you're looking for a very soft hamburger bun, closer to the kind you get at the store, these are good but as was reviewed by others, it will have a tough time holding together something juicy - as did mine the first time I baked and used for burgers. They would make a great bun for a sandwich and the especially the kids would love this recipe as it's alot like store buns - which is one reason I didn't rate higher above average. The reason I bake is because I don't want store bought taste, but if you like that, then these buns are great. These would make an excellent dinner roll too. The other reason for the average rating is the ingredient Vital Wheat Gluten. This ingredient is not at all necessary in this recipe and is mainly used to lighten texture in whole grains or heavy wheat breads, so I left it out the second time around. Instead, I added a beaten egg white (use a wire wisk, beat until foamy). It added a great texture. I also used butter instead of the oil and slightly warmed milk instead of the water. Made the buns richer in flavor. Also, I used instant yeast and didn't have to pre activate the yeast, I just tossed it all in my kitchen aid, gave it a rise, shape and rise.. then baked at 400 degrees for 12 minutes in order to achieve better color. BTW, using instant yeast gives a much nicer rise. Posted a couple pics.
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I have made these twice - the first time following the recipe exactly as written and directed...