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Prep2 hrs 30 mins
if you are a garlic-lover then you will love these tender soft homemade buns, I suggest for U.S. members to use 2-1/2 cups bread flour or can use half bread and all-purpose flour, for Canadian members you may use 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour, make certain that your egg is at room temperature you may speed up the process by placing the cold egg in a small bowl of fairly warm water (not hot) for about 15 minutes --- these are at their best when eaten warm out of the oven :)
- 1⁄3 cup butter, melted (can use a little more butter)
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder (more for sprinkling on top of buns if desired)
- 1⁄2 cup warm water
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 1 (1/4 ounce) package dry yeast (2-1/4 teaspoons)
- 2 1⁄2 cups all-purpose flour (more if needed)
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder (can use 1-1/4 teaspoons)
- 1⁄2 cup warm milk (not hot, and not scalded)
- 2 tablespoons shortening, room temperature
- 1 large egg (room temperature)
- Spray two round 8-inch baking pans with cooking spray (preferable a dark metal pan).
- Melt 1/3 cup butter then mix in 1 teaspoon garlic powder until well combined.
- Drizzle enough melted butter/garlic mixture to lightly cover the bottom of the pan; set the remaining butter/garlic mixture aside to use later.
- Attach the kneader blade to the heavy duty stand mixer.
- In a small bowl or cup proof the yeast with 1 teaspoon sugar in 1/2 cup warm water for about 8-10 minutes or until foamy (if the yeast does not foam discard and start again).
- In the stainless steel mixing bowl from a heavy duty stand mixer combine 2-1/2 cups flour with 1 tablespoon sugar, salt and 1 to 1-1/4 teaspoons garlic powder, warm milk, soft shortening and egg.
- After the yeast has been proofed pour into the bowl then start mixing/kneading adding in a little more flour if needed to create a soft smooth dough (kneading time should take about 7-8 minutes).
- Remove to a greased bowl; cover and allow the dough to rise until doubled in size (about 1 to 1-1/2 hours, rising time will vary depending on the temperature of your kitchen and also dough with added egg will take longer to rise).
- Punch down the dough then divide into 10 even pieces then shape into balls.
- Place 5 balls in each pan (4 around the edges and 1 in the middle).
- Stir the reserved melted butter/garlic mixture once again before using as the garlic powder may have settled on the bottom, the lightly drizzle on top of each bun.
- Using your hands turn the balls to coat in the butter mixture.
- For even more garlic flavor pinch a small amount of garlic powder between your fingers then sprinkle over the top of each dough ball.
- Cover with a light clean tea towel and allow to rise for about 30 minutes or until almost doubled in size.
- Bake in a preheated 375 degree F oven for about 25 minutes or until golden brown.