2 packages active dry yeast 3 cups warm water, divided 2 tablespoons sugar, divided 1/4 cup vegetable oil 1 tablespoon salt 8 cups all-purpose flour
In a mixing bowl, dissolve yeast in 1/2 cup warm water. Add 1 tablespoon sugar; let stand for 5 minutes.
Add the remaining warm water and sugar. Beat in oil, salt and 4 cups flour until smooth. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a soft dough. Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about 6-8 minutes.
Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 45 minutes.
Punch dough down. Turn onto a lightly floured surface; divide into equal pieces. Shape each into an oval. Place 2" apart on greased baking sheets. With a scissors, cut a 1/4" deep slash across the top of each. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 20 minutes.
Bake at 400 degrees F for 13-18 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from pans to wire racks to cool.
Seems like my grocery store never has buns like this when I need them. I hadn't considered making my own until I saw this recipe when I was looking for something else on this site. They turned out really well. The directions were very clear even for someone who doesn't bake a lot and has never made buns before. It's obviously more work than just picking up a bag of hoagie rolls at the store but these taste just as good if not better and really weren't hard to make.