I really enjoy the great rewards of baking bread!! Plus there are no preservatives in it. I usually use my bread maker to make the dough (not to bake it), but if the recipe calls for more than 4 1/2 cups of flour, the bread maker doesn’t handle much more than that. It might work but you will soon wear out your machine.
Also when cutting fresh bread I always use an electric knife so as not to squish the fresh warm bread. It makes it come out so much nicer.

Finnish Bread

1 Tablespoon yeast

2 cups warm water (110 to 115 degrees)

1 cup whole wheat flour

¼ cup butter soft (divided)

1 Tablespoon brown sugar

2 teaspoons salt

4 ½ to 5 cups white flour

Dissolve yeast in water, then add whole wheat flour, 2 T butter, brown sugar, salt and 2 cups of white flour. Beat until smooth. Add remaining flour to form a soft dough. Turn onto a floured surface and knead until smooth and elastic. Place in a greased bowl, cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about an hour.
Punch the dough down and shape into two 6-inch rounds. Place on a greased baking sheet and cut slashes in top with a knife. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 40 minutes.
Bake at 375 for 40 minutes, or until golden brown. If the top starts to get to brown, turn the temperature down.

** I used my Kitchen Aid with the dough hook to mix the dough and knead it.

Tonight just felt like hamburger night so….I got out my recipe and went to work. Now let me say for the first part of this recipe, you put it in the bread maker, the second part you bake in your oven. Really there is no work to these…. very simple. Once you start making your own rolls you will never want the store bought.

Bread Machine Hamburger Rolls

1 c. warm water (110 degrees)
2 Tablespoons butter
¼ c. powdered milk
1 teaspoon salt
3 c. bread flour
3 Tablespoons white sugar
1 Tablespoon yeast

Place all ingredients in order listed. Set on dough cycle press start.

Remove risen dough from machine, punch down and turn out on a lightly floured surface. Divide dough in to 8 equal parts. Form into rounds lightly flatten to fit hamburger meat shape.

Place onto greased cookie sheet. Cover buns and let rise for 1 hour or until doubled in volume.

Preheat oven to 350

Bake for 12-15 min. or until buns are golden brown. When done take out and lightly spread butter on tops.

****Cut with an electric knife if the rolls are warm, otherwise a regular knife will smash the rolls.