Enough with the complaining, I'm here to post the recipe for the sausage buns that i made 2 weeks ago. These buns were quite the challenge. It took me 2 tries to make a some-what fluffier/softer bread...but it still didn't quite get there >:( Whatevers. I blame it on the crappy Eskulap (dorm) oven. Kneading it was also distressing... makes me want to buy a bread machine. Argh, how do tw bakeries keep their bread so soft?? I'm gonna find out this summer... But anyways, I figured out a super efficient, fool-proof way to raise dough though... If you have a empty cabinet/ big drawer, just put your dough in there along with a cup of hot boiling water (you'll have to re-heat the water once or twice). Quicker, better rising guaranteed!
should make 5 big buns
- 1/2 cup + 1 tablespoons milk
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1 package (2 1/4 teaspoons) instant dry yeast
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 egg
- 1.5 tablespoons butter
- 5 sausages/hot dogs (or 5-6 slices of ham)
- bunch of chopped spring onions
- egg yolk for brushing
- Combine milk + sugar. Heat until sugar is dissolved, then let it cool until it becomes warm (not too hot or else you'll kill the yeast).
- Put flour, yeast, salt in a big bowl and mix until blended.
- Add the milk, egg, and butter into the flour mixture and mix until it forms a rough ball.
- Knead the dough until smooth and elastic (about 10-15 minutes).
- Place the dough in a air-tight container (or cover with plastic wrap) and let it rise until doubled in size (about 1 hour).
- When the dough has risen, take it out and separate it into 5 even balls.
- Roll out the dough enough to wrap your sausage (or slightly bigger than your slice of ham).
- For Sausage: wrap your sausage up with the dough and use a knife to cut 5 small pieces (do not cut through). Twist the 5 pieces around to form a flower.
- For Ham: cut the dough into 5 separate pieces and place them together forming a flower.
- Let the dough rise again in an air-tight environment (about 1 hour).
- Before putting it into the oven, brush the top with egg yolk and sprinkle spring onions and salt.
- Bake for 10-15 minutes until bread is done or golden brown.
NOTE: If your bread turns out hard, steam it for a few minutes before serving!