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MOOMIE'S BEAUTIFUL BURGER BUNS
This is a special recipe from Moomie, a great friend on King Arthur Flour's "Baking Circle" message board. A bunch of us has tried these, and everyone has gone crazy for these delicious buns. The flavor and texture is out of this world! You'll never buy another plastic bag of squishy buns again!
Make these in your bread machine as Moomie does, or by the manual/mixer method as I do. The key to success is to remember that soft rolls require soft dough. It's easy to double---everything can be increased by the same proportions.

Yields 8-10 buns or one 8-1/2x4-1/2 loaf

3 1/4 cups all-purpose flour (King Arthur's) *
1/4 cup sugar
3 teaspoons instant yeast
1/2 teaspoon dried onion flakes or 1 tsp.onion powder -- optional
1 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons butter -- melted
1 egg
1 cup warm water (100-105 deg.)

Manual/Mixer Method: In a mixing bowl, place flour, sugar, yeast, onion flakes or onion powder if used, and salt; mix well with paddle attachment of mixer. Add egg and melted butter; begin mixing on low with paddle attachement. Gradually add water; mix dough until well-combined. If kneading by hand, turn dough out onto a well-floured surface and knead about 15 minutes or until smooth and elastic (dough should still be quite soft). If kneading by mixer, change to dough hook and knead 3-4 minutes, adding flour or warm water as needed, until dough is soft, smooth and elastic. Place dough into an oiled bowl; cover with plastic wrap and set aside until doubled in size.

Bread Machine Method: Place ingredients into bread machine in the order required by manufacturer. Let the machine run its complete cycle. Turn out onto floured surface and knead by hand 1-2 minutes until dough feels "right".

Divide the dough into 8 or 10 pieces. Moomie says "Slap the dough 4-5 times into bun shape, about 7" in diameter"; or shape into rounds for dinner rolls. Put buns on a lightly oiled cookie sheet and let rise about 30-40 minutes. Bake in 375-degree oven 12-15 minutes or until golden.

For burgers, split buns horizontally, butter cut surfaces and fry in butter in a large skillet.
----------------------- For Bread: Keep dough in one piece, shape into a loaf and place into an oiled 9-inch loaf pan. Use a shine-y 9 inch aluminum pan, bake the loaf at 350 for 35 minutes exactly. As soon as it's pulled it from the oven, turn it out onto a wire wrack and brush the entire surface with butter. YUMMY!!!!
--------------------- For fabulous mini-buns or dinner rolls: It's our favorite! When I do dinner rolls, I divide the dough into 12 pieces, put it into a greased 9x11 inch pan, bake at 375 for about 15 minutes. They are high light and squishy!!!!

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