A couple of weeks ago, I went to Pinterest out of necessity and found a recipe for homemade hoagie rolls. Little did I know that, after some slight recipe tweaking, I would have THE best bread of any form I have ever consumed.
The buns that result from this versatile/extremely easy recipe have the perfect combination of crispy outside and soft, moist inside. I am so in love with these buns that I have been making hoagie rolls, hamburger buns, and/or dinner rolls on an almost daily basis since discovering the recipe….
They are so good that I may never buy buns from the store again!
Don’t forget the rules of food safety! Here is the short list:
- Always wash your hands before and after handling raw meat.
- Never thaw meat on the counter. Always, thaw meat in the refrigerator, microwave or cool water bath.
- Always wash cutting boards and plates after having been in contact with raw meat.
- Always cook to appropriate internal temperatures. Safe internal temperatures vary based on cut. Hamburger must reach a safe and savory 160o, while steak is safe at 140o.
- 1 1/3 cups warm water
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 1 tablespoon yeast
- 4 cups flour
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 3 tablespoons cold butter, cubed*
- Whisk together in a stand mixer 1/3 cup warm water, sugar, and yeast. Let the mixture stand for 5-10 minutes. Turn the mixer on low and gradually add the cup of water, remaining flour, and salt. Increase mixing speed and mix for 3-5 minutes.
- Turn the mixer off, remove dough from the mixer hook, or paddle if you don’t have a hook, and add the cubed butter. Turn the mixer back on to low and gradually increase speed to high, mixing until the butter is completely incorporated into the dough.
- Take the dough out of the stand mixer and place in a large mixing bowl. Gently knead until the dough becomes smooth. Form the dough into a ball, put in a warm location, and let the dough rise for about 1 hour, or until doubled in size.
- Once the dough has risen, form into whatever shape you desire, place on a baking sheet or loaf pan, and let rise another 20-30 minutes. Place in a 375 degree, pre-heated oven and bake for 17 minutes, or until light golden brown.
- Remove the baking sheet, or loaf pan, from the oven and let the rolls, buns, or loaf cool. Slice and serve as desired.**
- * Don't skimp - use real butter!
- *** You can also serve as soon as they are cool enough to handle, as they are pretty darn tasty served warm