whole wheat hamburger/hot dog buns

1 cup water
1 egg
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup whole wheat flour
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup canola oil (or shortening)
1/4 cup sugar
3 teaspoons yeast
1 tablespoon vital wheat gluten (optional, but the bread will rise higher with it)

Place all ingredients in bread maker, select “dough” setting, and press Start. When dough has risen enough, the machine will beep. Remove dough and place on a floured counter top. Gently roll and shape the dough into a 12-inch rope.

With a sharp knife, divide dough into 8 pieces for hamburger buns or 12 pieces for hot dog buns.

Grease a baking sheet. Roll pieces of dough into balls and flatten for hamburger buns or shape into 6-inch rolls for hot dog buns. Place on prepared baking sheet. Cover and let rise for 10 to 15 minutes until almost doubled.

Preheat oven to 400° F. Bake 10 minutes until golden brown. Remove from oven and cool on racks. When ready to use, split buns horizontally. Will keep in plastic bag in the freezer for 3 to 4 weeks.

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