1 1/2 cups water
1/4 cup oil
2 tbsp honey or brown sugar
2 tsp salt
4 cups flour
2 tsp yeast
Add in order and turn on machine. Allow dough to finish mixing and rise. Roll dough into balls and arrange on oiled cookie sheet and let rise again (double in size) Bake at 350 for 20 minutes.
I have a love hate relationship with yeast! Is it too old? Did I buy the wrong kind........on and on......now I have a trick I found online!
Unsure about your yeast? The above recipe calls for 1 1/2 cups of water....only add 1 cup at the start. Make the 1/2 cup warm water and soak your yeast in it! Not ovenight, just while you are putting the rest of the ingredients into the breadmaker! If the yeast is still a grain in the water, it is no good. If it is goopy (technical word) the yeast is good. Add the water/yeast combination and wahoo! Press start. This works in any recipe (so far).
Don't need 16 buns right now? Here's a tip (again stolen from online!)
Place what you will need on the greased cookie sheet to rise as above.
Form the rest of the balls and place on seperate cookie sheet. When they have risen, place the whole sheet, uncovered into deep freezer. Allow to freeze solid THEN place into a bag. Take buns out to thaw as you need them....we did this and had homemade buns and burgers on New Years Day one year.....rave reviews from our guests....
This tip is especially helpful when there are only 2 or 3 of you in the house!