Oh. My. Hot. Dogs! I'm a beginning baker. This is, literally, the 2nd bread I've made. I was pretty loose with the directions (because I hate precision) and they came out fantastic. EXACTLY like the fresh-baked buns from our local supermarket that hubs normally buys at $3 for 8 buns. I didn't use all the flour, because the dough seemed to be pulling away from the sides of the bowl. I think I left out the last cup. I added quite a bit back in during kneading, as in the video. All else is as written. First rise was 1.5 hours, the dough was nearly triple in size. Maybe it's because it's May in Tampa and the house is a bit warm, about 75º. I punched it down, shaped it into 16 hot dog rolls, let rise on a greased baking sheet for another 35-45 minutes, then baked. They were perfect at 12 minutes. After they cooled, I stored them in the fridge in ziplock bags. 15 seconds in the micro and 4 buns were soft and room temp, ready to go. Some of them aren't very pretty, and the size is anything but uniform, but don't judge. It's my 1st attempt, and hubs and I agree this is a winner. I'll get the shaping thing figured out! Oh, yeah, we're not buying buns ever again. I might brush the tops with milk or melted butter the next time, to get that golden glaze we love, but I swear it's not necessary.
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Oh. My. Hot. Dogs! I'm a beginning baker. This is, literally, the 2nd bread I've made. I was...