Ranch Hamburger Buns

Ahhh, summer is almost here!  In the school district where I work, we are down to the last of school before summer vacation.  Among other things, summer at our house means barbecue season. And one of the best ways to start the season out is with a basic, juicy burger.  My mouth is watering thinking about burgers with cheese, caramelized onions, saute'd mushrooms, bacon, tomatoes, lettuce, pickles....oh my.  When I am going to the bother of adding all those delightful toppings to my burger, I like to make my own hamburger buns.  This recipe came with a bread-maker that I had years ago. The buns are delicious, and hearty enough to stand up to all those toppings.  I've adapted it to regular baking. If you have any left over, they make wonderful sandwiches too!

Ranch Hamburger Buns
1/2 c. water
1 Tblsp. yeast
4 1/2 tsp. sugar
1/2 c. plain yogurt
1 egg
3/4 c. shredded cheddar cheese
1 Tblsp. ranch dressing mix
1 1/2 tsp. salt
3 c. flour

Mix water, yeast and sugar. Let sit for a few minutes until yeast starts to bubble.  Mix in remaining ingredients, kneading well.  Let rise until double.  Punch down. Divide into 18 balls.  Smash each ball on greased cookie sheet. Let rise again until each bun is about double in size.  Bake at 400 degrees for 8-12 minutes.