Sometimes I wish that I could just hike up into the forest and live in a hollowed out tree, like that little boy did in the old movie called My Side of the Mountain. It sounds like so much fun to live off the land and spend your days cooking over an open fire, while enjoying nature all around you. In reality it is probably the hardest work, but I don’t care I would rather be tired at the end of the day from doing that kind of work than having some of the stress modern society puts on us. It’s not a bad thing to want a simpler life. Well I guess with winter almost upon us here, I start thinking about hibernation and such, so I’m sharing with you my tried and true recipe for some great wholesome buns , to help stock up for the winter.
These buns are a great all purpose bun, you can use for practically everything from sandwiches to subs, to burgers, and everything else in between. I doubled the batch to freeze them . We like to make sandwiches to take with us on our adventures .
~Whole Wheat Buns~
- 2 cups(500mL) water
- 4 tbsp (30mL) butter or margerine softened
- 2 eggs
- 3 cups(750mL) whole wheat flour
- 3½ cups (875 mL) unbleached white flour
- 4 tbsp(30mL)sugar
- 2 tsp (10mL) salt
- 2 tbsp(15mL) yeast
Place all ingredients into the bread machine , in order of ingredients. Select the dough cycle. The dough cycle typically takes around 1.5 hrs.
Once the dough is finished , place dough onto a lightly floured surface. Divide into 24 equal pieces or less depending on how big you want the buns. Personally I like them big enough to make sandwiches on so I make them a little bigger . Roll into smooth balls, and place on a greased cookie sheet, equally spaced apart. Cover and let rest for 20 minutes.
Flatten the buns down a bit , by placing a cutting board on top of them and lightly pressing down. The pieces of dough should be touching each other.
Cover with a cloth and let rise 45 minutes, or until almost double, in a warm place away from drafts. I suggest you use your oven that has been preheated to 200° then turned off this makes a nice warm place for them to rise.
Remove from oven and preheat the oven to 375°. Bake buns for 12-15 minutes, or until light brown. Remove from oven and place on cooling racks.
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