You can do this first step in a bread maker or by hand: either way works fine. FOR BREAD MACHINE: Layer ingredients in the order shown into bread maker and set on Dough Setting. FOR MANUAL PREP: Mix and knead the dough and do the prep by hand. You can find excellent general directions for making bread without a bread machine here.
After the dough has completed the Dough Cycle (or the first rise if you are kneading by hanturn it out onto a lightly floured board.
Using a pizza cutter or sharp knife, and divide the dough into equal square portions. If you are concerned about uniformity, use a kitchen scale. For LARGE BUNS: Allow about 3oz / 85gm of dough for each roll. For SLIDER BUNS: Allow about 1½oz / 42gm of dough for each roll. (I like to make a combination of sizes so that there is something for every appetite.)
Now you will have a counter full little square dough-patties, ready to set out for the second rise. FOR SQUARE BUNS: Continue to the next step. FOR ROUND BUNS: Gently pull the four corners of each square dough-pattie together and pinch them together, and give the pinched portion a slight twist. Turn the pinched dough side down, and pat gently to form a round pattie shape. Take care to not work the dough too much.
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a Silpat mat. Place the dough-patties at least 1 inch apart on the lined baking sheet. Cover with a towel, and set in a warm place to rise again for about an hour.
OPTIONAL: Just before you put the dough-buns in the oven in the oven, brush the tops with an egg wash made up of 1 egg beaten with 1 tablespoon of water or milk. Be gentle as you do this, taking care to not deflate the rolls in the process. If you want to make poppy or sesame seeds buns, sprinkle the seeds on top right after you brush them with the egg wash.
Put the rolls in the oven and bake at 375ºF / 190ºC for 15-20 minutes (depending on size, or until slightly browned on top.
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