Milk Buns Recipe

March 3, 2016
Milk Buns Recipe

Milk Buns Recipe

Milk buns are a no-fail crowd pleaser.  And make sure you have a crowd because this recipe makes about 3 dozen little buns (you can also make them bigger for hamburger buns).  You need to time the preparation and baking (about three hours in total) so that dinner is going on the table at the same moment these babies are coming out of the oven.  You really want to polish them off in one seating, and that’s never been a problem in my house.

Milk Buns Recipe
  • 1 cup milk, heated gently and cooled to about room temperature (I put the milk in the microwave for one minute)
  • 1 cup water at room temperature
  • 3 tbsp honey
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 ¼ tsp instant yeast
  • 1 ½ tsp sea salt
  • 4 ½ cups flour
  • 1 egg beaten
  1. put milk, water, honey and oil in the bowl of your kitchenaid (or other large bowl if you are kneading by hand) and stir to dissolve the honey
  2. sprinkle yeast and salt over the milk mixture and stir gently
  3. stir in flour
  4. with the dough hook attachment (or by hand). knead on low speed, adding flour as necessary until the dough is smooth and damp but not sticky, about 6 minutes (photo 1)
  5. oil a large bowl, add dough and then turn dough over so it is completely (but lightly) covered in oil, cover the bowl with plastic wrap and let it sit in a warm spot until doubled, about 1 hour
  6. punch dough to knock out gas, then return dough to the bowl, cover and let sit in a warm spot about 45 minutes
  7. using a sharp knife, cut dough into 45g portions (or larger if you are making hamburger buns)
  8. form each portion into a tight ball (I stretch the dough over itself tightly, tucking the seams on the bottom)
  9. place the buns an inch apart on a cookie sheet, cover with plastic wrap and let rise in a warm spot about 30 minutes (photo 2)
  10. meanwhile, preheat oven to 400F
  11. put a roasting pan on the bottom shelf of the oven and fill it with boiling water 1" up the sides
  12. brush the tops of the buns with beaten egg and sprinkle with sea salt (or sesame seeds if you are making hamburger buns)
  13. bake in the upper third of the oven until the buns are dark golden on the top, about 20 minutes (photo 3 and 4)


photo 1


photo 2


photo 3


photo 4

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