Easy Homemade Hamburger Buns

1 package active dry yeast
1 cup lukewarm water
1/4 cup sugar + 1 tablespoon
2 tablespoons butter
1 egg
3 + 1/2 cups flour (all-purpose, bread, white whole wheat or a combo)
1 + 1/4 teaspoons salt
 
for topping (optional):
1 egg
sesame or poppy seeds

1. In a small bowl dissolve yeast in the warm water, stir in sugar and allow to sit until bubbly, 5-10 minutes.

2. Mix all of the dough ingredients together including the yeast mixture. Knead by hand (on a floured surface, adding flour as needed) until you get a soft, smooth dough.

3. Put the dough in an large, oiled bowl, cover and allow to rise until doubled in size, about 1 hour.

4. Gently deflate the dough. On a floured board or counter top divide dough into 8 equal pieces, shape each piece into a circle about 1″ thick and flatten to about 3″ across. Place the buns on a lightly greased baking sheet, cover, and let rise for about an hour or until very puffy.

5. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Beat egg with 1 tablespoon water, brush over tops and sprinkle with seeds.

6. Bake for 12 to 16 minutes until lightly golden. Cool on wire racks.

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