Kittencal's Sub/Sandwich Buns

READY IN: 3hrs 25mins
UNITS: US

INGREDIENTS

Nutrition
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DIRECTIONS

  • Prepare a heavy-duty stand mixer fitted with a kneader attachment.
  • Place about 3-1/2 cups flour in the bowl.
  • Melt the shortening in the microwave; add to the bowl with the flour.
  • In a measuring cup, measure out 1 cup milk, then add in 4 tablespoons sugar and the salt; heat until quite warm in the microwave, stirring to dissolve the sugar and salt.
  • Pour the milk into the bowl with the melted shortening and flour; cover the bowl with a towel to keep ingredients warm.
  • Proof the yeast in a 3/4 cup warm water with 1 teaspoon sugar for about 8-10 minutes or until foamy.
  • After proofing, add to the bowl and start kneading for about 3-4 minutes, then add in more flour as needed to create a soft semi-sticky dough, knead about 8 more minutes until smooth.
  • Place the dough on a very lightly floured counter or board; let rest for 5-10 minutes, covered with a clean tea towel.
  • Grease a large bowl, then place the dough into bowl to rise in a warm place for about 50-60 minutes (because of the amount of yeast, the dough should take a shorter rising time in a warm place).
  • Punch down dough.
  • Cut into pieces (I usually cut into 6 pieces), and shape large balls.
  • Let dough balls rest for about 4 minutes (or just enough time to make shaping easier).
  • Shape the dough into desired length for buns.
  • Sprinkle a large cookie/baking sheet with cornmeal, or lightly grease with cooking spray.
  • Place the long pieces of dough on a baking sheet (shape once again if you need to).
  • Cover and let rise for about 25 minutes, or until doubled.
  • Set oven to 375 degrees.
  • Bake for about 22-25 minutes, or until dark golden brown.
  • If desired after the second rising and just before baking, beat one egg white with 1 teaspoon cold water, then brush on buns and sprinkle with sesame seeds.
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