Slider Buns

I have been making breads/rolls for many years, and I have never used a bread machine. That is, until now. I must say – for the mixing and the resting and the kneading steps – it is amazing!

I acquired my bread machine from our dear next-door neighbors – they are moving to another house, and they were cleaning out the garage. Although they used the bread machine quite often, they are moving closer to family (and my neighbor’s father happens to make fantastic bread), and they didn’t see the need for the bread machine anymore. So – they asked us if we’d like it – and of course, who am I to turn down kitchen equipment?

So, I finally got around to trying the bread machine for this recipe, and I’m glad I did – it made this recipe SOOO easy! We used these slider buns for our Meatball Sliders that we served for our Christmas party, and they were a big hit! We’ve also used the leftover buns in place of English muffins for a mock Eggs Benedict (poached eggs over ham, served on the slider buns and topped with a bit of brie – heavenly!).

These also freeze well, so it’s definitely worth making the entire recipe – you can freeze what you don’t use, and they can be used for so many things! Enjoy!
Slider rolls

Slider Buns
Adapted from Lauren’s Latest blog
Makes 18 buns

Ingredients:
1/2 cup warm water
2 1/4 teaspoons quick rise active dry yeast
1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup butter, melted
1/2 cup skim milk
2 eggs, divided
1 teaspoon salt
3 1/3 cups unbleached all purpose flour (I use ultragrain)

Directions:
1. Stir warm water with yeast and honey. Set aside to proof. Place butter into microwave safe bowl and cook on high until completely melted. Pour milk and 1 egg into butter and stir together to incorporate. Pour into bowl of stand mixer.

2. Yeast mixture should be foamy. Add to stand mixer bowl. Sprinkle salt and 2 cups of flour overtop and knead until flour has been incorporated. With mixer on low, add in remaining flour. Finished dough should be smooth, but still slightly sticky.

3. Grease dough and bowl; cover and let rise 1 hour or until doubled in size.

**Bread machine directions**
Mix warm water, yeast, honey, melted butter, one egg, salt, and flour in bread machine. Using dough setting, mix the dough and let rise. When the cycle is finished, continue with step #4.

4. Punch down dough and form into 18 small dough balls the size of golf balls. Place on parchment paper lined or silicone baking mat covered baking sheet. Let dough rise another 30- 60 minutes.

5. In a small bowl, beat remaining egg with 2 tablespoons water. Brush tops of buns with egg wash. Bake at 350 degree for 12-15 minutes or until golden brown. Use as desired.

Nutritional info:
Calories: 130.2
Total Fat: 3.5 g
Cholesterol: 27.7 mg
Sodium: 158.5 mg
Total Carbs: 20.5 g
Dietary Fiber: 1.5 g
Protein: 4.2 g

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