I've been baking buns with my grandma for close to 2 decades. The earlier years were more-so fucking about with extra dough that likely broke the 5-second rule. My grandma uses eggs in her recipe, whereas I used vegetable shortening, which is just dandy in this case.
Bread-making seems intimidating. Because it is. It scared the piss out of me each time I made these on my own. Practice makes perfect, though, and I'm now confident in these. Well, maybe not "I'll make a YouTube tutorial" confident.
These are stellar with Tofu Bacon, or butter and jam, or anything your hallow muscular organ desires.
1 packet Fleischman's Yeast ("Traditional", not instant)
1 cup very warm water
1 tsp white sugar
1 1/2 tbsp white sugar
1 1/2 tbsp vegetable shortening
1/2 cup almond milk
3 cups white flour
1 tsp salt
Seasonings -- garlic powder, cumin, etc.
Preheat your oven to 200F. Once ready, keep on for ten minutes, then turn off. By doing this, you're creating warm digs for your soon-to-be dough to rise the first time.
In a bowl, combine Ingredients I. Let sit for 10 minutes.
Insert your dough hook in your mixer. Combine Ingredients II, and mix for about 5 minutes, or until a slightly sticky dough has formed. Remove from mixing bowl, and form into a flatter ball. Oil up a large bowl (or your mixer bowl) and throw your dough in, covering entirely with Saran Wrap. Put this in the oven and let rise, until doubled in size, which will take about 1 hour.
Next, heat your oven to 375F. Pam up a baking sheet. Remove your dough mixture from the oven and begin slicing off a small handful of dough -- it'll be about 2 1/2 inches in diameter or divide your dough into twelve.
Shape your dough tightly. If you're unfamiliar with this technique, YouTube is your pal. (this link is a solid example, though I rolled mine in the palm of my hand and not on a massive flat surface.)
Once all twelve doughballs are prepared, cover with a tea towel for about 15 minutes.
If you're wanting a topping on these such as sesame seeds, sunlflower seeds, etc, be sure to brush some almond milk on top first.
Bake at 375F for 8 minutes, turn the pan, then bake for another 7 minutes.