I recently came across some Mideastern videos (posted below) showing bakers magically shaping, braiding, and rolling out gorgeous buns and dinner rolls. Of course I had to try some of the methods.
My basic white bread recipe was used on the dough cycle for the first rise, then I took out the dough, shaped creations and let them rise a second time before baking at 350 for 20 to 30 minutes, depending on sizes.
I was experimenting, and had so much fun! I plan to perfect some of my creations for holiday meals and also make a gift basket of goodies for family and friends at Christmas time. Some I brushed with beaten egg, some with butter when done, and for others, I also sprinkled with poppy or sesame seeds. Extras freeze well.
Here's link to most of the bread and rolls or bun recipes I've posted:
Watch the videos and I bet you'll be inspired to experiment and try some of these shapes on your own.