Beans to Bread: Dinner Rolls, Hot Dog & Burger Buns, and English Muffins http://wp.me/p4hGmz-260It’s All Just Bread

Once I’d experimented with my recipe enough to stop baking bricks and start baking fluffy, delicious loaves of Ezekiel bread, we came to see a huge difference in the ease of digestion and level of satisfaction we found from eating this homemade bread as opposed to processed, store-bought breads.

That’s when I started experimenting with specialty breads like buns for the kids, English muffins for homemade Egg McMuffin style sandwiches and even bagels. Eventually, we found that we had absolutely no need to buy breads at the store when we could make them all healthier, heartier and less expensively at home. Following are the preparation variations that my family and I have come to love.

Dinner Rolls

• Create the Basic Recipe (or any variation previously mentioned) on the Dough cycle of your bread machine.
• Once it has completed its cycle, remove the dough from the pan and onto a lightly floured surface.
• Divide the dough into 12 equal pieces and shape them into balls.
• Place them in a greased baking pan.
• Cover and let rise in a warm, draft-free place until doubled in size, about 30 minutes.
• Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 20 minutes (or until done).
• Remove from the oven, brush with melted butter, if desired.
• Serve warm.

Hot Dog & Hamburger Buns

• Create the Basic Recipe (or any variation previously mentioned) on the Dough cycle of your bread machine.
• Once it has completed its cycle, remove the dough from the pan and onto a lightly floured surface.
• Divide into 12 equal pieces. This is done most easily by dividing the dough first in half (more manageable size to work with), then half again, and finally into thirds. Repeat with the other half.
• Shape each piece into a ball. For hamburger buns, flatten the balls into 3 ½ -inch disks. For hot-dog buns, roll the balls into cylinders, 4 ½ -inches in length. Flatten the cylinders slightly; dough rises more in the center so this will give a gently rounded top versus a high top.
• For soft-sided buns, place them on a well-seasoned baking sheet a half inch apart so they’ll grow together when they rise. For crisper buns, place them three inches apart.
• Cover with a towel and let rise until almost doubled, about 45 minutes.
• Bake for 20 minutes at 350 degrees.
• When the buns are done, remove them from the baking sheet to cool on a wire rack. This will prevent the crust from becoming soggy.

English Muffins

Beans to Bread: Dinner Rolls, Hot Dog & Burger Buns, and English Muffins http://wp.me/p4hGmz-260• Create the Basic Recipe (or any variation previously mentioned) on the Dough cycle of your bread machine.
• Once it has completed its cycle, remove the dough from the pan and onto a lightly floured surface.
• Divide into 12 equal pieces. This is done most easily by dividing the dough first in half (more manageable size to work with), then half again, and finally into thirds. Repeat with the other half.
• Shape each piece into a ball. Flatten the balls into 3 ½ -inch disks.
• Sprinkle waxed paper with cornmeal and set the rounds on this to rise. Dust tops of muffins with cornmeal also. Cover and let rise ½ hour.
• Heat greased griddle. Cook muffins on griddle about 10 minutes on each side on medium heat.
* I have a George Foreman Grill with interchangeable plates. This works even better than a stovetop griddle because it cooks the top and bottom at the same time. Cook on one side for about 5 minutes with the lid closed and then flip. Cook on the other side with the lid closed until done (about 5 more minutes).
• Allow to cool and place in plastic bags for storage.
• To use, split and toast.