We just finished celebrating Thanksgiving in Canada. In light of this special occasion I felt it was appropriate to post a thanksgiving related recipe.
As far as Thanksgiving dinner goes I have never had to prepare the full meal. We’ve been lucky to live in the same city as our families and we both have a mother who insists on hosting every year! (That’s right, two thanksgiving dinners every year – I consider ourselves very lucky!)
As I’ve gotten older I find myself wanting to join in on the cooking fun, but without taking away tradition from our parents – at least not until we start having kids or move, where it would make sense for them to come to our place instead of theirs.
This year I had two opportunities to step up to the plate. A week before Thanksgiving we attended a potluck with some friends and I was responsible for mashed potatoes and buns. The meal was absolutely delicious and the buns were a HUGE hit!! I’ve made them before and my family has had the opportunity to try one-or-two, so when I told Mom I made buns for the potluck she insisted I make more and bring them to dinner.
These buns are absolutely delicious, fluffy, sweet and super easy as the bread machine does a big portion of the work!! I have been known to dabble in the kitchen but there is something so intimidating about making homemade bread or buns from scratch that I still going to rely on my bread machine (and that handy dough setting!) to do the work.
What You’ll Need:
- 1 cup Warm Water
- 2 tbsp Margarine
- 1 tsp Salt
- 1 Egg, beaten
- 1/4 cup Sugar
- 3 cups All-Purposed Flour
- 3 tsp Quick Rise Yeast
- Melted butter (for brushing buns)
You’ll want to add all of the ingredients, minus the melted butter, in the above order into the bread machine and select the dough setting. Depending on the machine this setting will vary in time – the setting on my machine lasts for 2 hours.
Once it is finished removed the dough to a lightly floured surface and shape into a ball. Divide the dough ball into 4 pieces (quarters), and continue dividing until you have 16 pieces. If you’re like me you’re pieces won’t end up being equal sizes, so I just divide some of the larger pieces further. It works out as I end up with closer to 20 pieces of dough. Yay, more buns for me! You will need to use another pan though, so keep that in mind.
Shape each of the pieces into a round ball (bun) and place in a greased 9 x 13 pan. Leave some room between each bun to allow them to expand/rise before going in the oven.
Brush each of the buns with melted butter. This will help the tops of the bun become nice and brown/crusty as they bake.
Cover the buns with a tea-towel (or plastic wrap), and place in a warm location for approx. 40 minutes, or until the buns have doubled in size. I normally set my oven to its lowest temperature (around 150 degrees Fahrenheit), turn off the oven once it has pre-heated and place the covered dish(es) inside with the door slightly open.
Once doubled, remove towel and bake for 12-15 minutes at 375 degrees.
**My oven runs a little hot, so I actually bake the buns for 10-12 minutes as any longer they become a very dark brown**
At this point your house will smell delicious and the buns will come out nice and golden!
The best part… you can now indulge!!
Feel free to smother in butter, or peanut butter and jam (thats Mikes fav). But I honestly don’t think they need anything at all.
I stumbled upon this recipe probably a year ago and have been enjoying it ever since. To get the full recipe and directions hop on over to Jackie Currie’s blog – The Happy Hooligans.