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Break out that Breadmaker and save some 'Dough'

Updated on June 19, 2013
You don't need to be an expert baker to work with yeast dough.
You don't need to be an expert baker to work with yeast dough.

Making your own hamburger and sandwich rolls doesn't need to be time consuming

Good bread makes a good burger! It makes a good sub, hotdog, tuna sandwich, pizza, or treats like cinnamon rolls and donuts, too!

Sure, you can spend a few bucks on a loaf of ho-hum tasteless sliced bread full of preservatives at the grocery, or spend a bit more - well a LOT more - for quality pre-baked specialty rolls. I make my own at home with just a little active effort and inexpensive ingredients that you most likely already have in your kitchen. They taste better and are so much less expensive when you bake them yourself. Plus, your friends will think you have mad cooking skills, when this is really so easy. Do not fear the yeast!

I picked up my bread machine years ago used at a thrift store for about ten dollars. New ones can be quite expensive and I'm often surprised at how often barely used ones show up in the thrift stores, yard sales, listed on craigslist or ebay for very little money.

I don't like the funky shape loaves they bake, but what I do love about them is the dough cycle. You can make a really good yeast dough for anything in these things by just dumping in all the ingredients and pushing the start button. Once it's done with the dough cycle, you're ready to shape your dough into your desired loaf or rolls.

I did just that this morning with a basic recipe I found online for dough maker hamburger buns. Milk, butter, flour, sugar, salt and yeast is measured and added to the machine, you set it to dough cycle, hit start and you can ignore it for the next two hours as it does all the mixing, kneading and first rising for you. This takes maybe five minutes to do.

When the cycle is done, you simply cut the dough into 12 pieces, make a ball with each one, flatten with your hand and place it on a parchment lined cookie or baking sheet. Brush with a little melted butter and cover and let it rise for about an hour. This step takes maybe ten minutes to do.

Then simply preheat your oven and pop them in. Mine took about ten minutes to bake.

For about 20 minutes active time you end up with a kitchen that smells like heaven, buns that taste better than the grocery store and extra money in your pocket, too.

Dough isn't picky, if you don't want round rolls, roll it out like a snake to make long rolls.
Dough isn't picky, if you don't want round rolls, roll it out like a snake to make long rolls.

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      Kathy 4 years ago from Minnestoa

      Daisyjae,

      I'm happy I inspired you to dust off that bread machine. I do use mine for making pizza dough at least once a week, too.

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      daisyjae 4 years ago from Canada

      This is such a great idea, i hardly ever use my bread machine anymore, just once in a while to make pizza dough. Thanks for the ideas.

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      Bernadette 4 years ago from Florida

      Great Hub!

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      Kathy 4 years ago from Minnestoa

      Why, thank you, MoltenHound!

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      MoltenHound 4 years ago from Australia

      Great Hub! It's good quality and also provides plenty of information! I hope you the best!