Toasted Onion Buns
Makes 8 buns
1 cup warm water
2 tbsp softened butter
1 large egg
3 1/2 cups All-purpose flour
2 tbsp vital wheat gluten
1/4 cup sugar
1 tsp salt
1 tbsp instant yeast
1 tsp onion powder
2 tbsp dried toasted onions, plus more to top buns if desired
Combine all the ingredients in a stand mixer and mix, using the dough hood for 8 minutes. You will have a soft, smooth dough. Place the dough in a lightly greased bowl and cover it with a clean towel or plastic wrap. Let it raise until doubled in size, about one hour.
Lightly punch down the dough, divide it into 8 pieces (about 4 ounces each), and shape each piece into a flattened ball. Place the buns on a greased baking sheet and let raise 30-40 minutes until they are quite puffy.
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. bake the buns for 12 to 15 minutes, until they are golden brown. Remove them from the oven and cool on a wire rack. Split buns, fill with your favorite burger, or sandwich and enjoy.
For Hot Dog Buns: (These would be incredible with a Chicago style dog)
Divide the dough into 10 equal pieces, roughly 3 ounces each. roll into a log shape the length of a hotdog and flatten slightly, let raise 30-40 minutes. Follow baking instructions.