Found these buns easy to make, light and airy and perfect for burgers or other round discs! Just allow enough time (two to three hours total) for rising. I have frozen them, and they are fresh with a heat up in the oven, or on the grill.
Ingredients for 8 Buns:
- 3/4 to 1 cup lukewarm water
- 2 tablespoons Earth Balance butter flavor
- 1 large egg
- 3 1/2 cups all purpose flour
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1 and 1/4 teaspoons salt
- 1 and 1/4 tablespoon active dry yeast
Topping: 2 tablespoons Earth Balance butter flavor, melted
1) Mix and knead all of the dough ingredients — by hand, mixer, or bread machine — to make a soft, smooth dough.
2) Cover the dough, and let it rise for 1 to 2 hours, or until it’s nearly doubled in bulk.
3) Gently deflate the dough, and divide it into 8 pieces. Shape each piece into a round ball; flatten to about 3″ across. Place the buns on a lightly greased or parchment-lined baking sheet, cover, and let rise for about an hour, until noticeably puffy.
4) Brush the buns with about half of the melted Earth Balance. (At this point you can sprinkle with sesame seeds!)
5) Bake the buns in a preheated 375°F oven for 15 to 18 minutes, until golden. Remove them from the oven, and brush with the remaining Earth Balance. This will give the buns a satiny, buttery crust.
6) Cool the buns on a rack.