This week I tried this bun recipe (from allrecipes) since we are having T’s birthday party this next weekend. I wanted to make the buns myself as I’m trying to stick to our budget and I wanted to see how they would turn out.
I also wanted to avoid the plastic bag they came in but since I had to make them a few days in advance, I ended up having to wrap them in plastic wrap and freeze them. So that plan didn’t work out too well. I’ve been having a hard time now that our Plastic Free July challenge is over. I feel like plastic is taking over my life again 😥 – but that’s for another post.
Back to the buns.
This is a simple recipe – as seem to be most of the recipes I find. I changed it a bit because it didn’t seem right to not let the yeast activate first, so here is my version of it.
I started by mixing the yeast, sugar and water. I let that sit covered for about 10 minutes so that the yeast could activate. Then I melted the butter and warmed up the milk. Since I needed lots of buns for this weekend, I actually made three times the recipe (which was a bit hard to knead by hand but a very good workout).
I then added a bit of flour, the salt, butter, and egg. Then the rest of the flour alternatively with the warm milk. I mixed everything with a wooden spoon, until it was starting to come together then I used my hands to form it into a ball. I turned the dough out onto my floured counter-top and proceeded to knead like a madwoman for 10 minutes. (This dough was gigantic!!)
After my kneading workout, I put the dough in my big oiled bowl (seriously this is the biggest bowl I have; I got it from Costco and it’s huge). I let it rise about an hour until it was starting to rise out of the bowl!! What was I thinking making three times the recipe at once?!
I punched down the dough and turned it out onto the counter-top again. Then I divided it in three parts (if you only make one recipe you would just divide in half then, divide that in 6 parts to get 12 total). I divided each into 12 parts and made each one into a small ball. I placed them on greased cookie sheets and covered with a towel for about half an hour.
I then brushed them with the other egg and sprinkled some sesame seeds on top of each bun. I baked them for 12 minutes at 400°F. They turned out really good and delicious! I’ll definitely be making this recipe again (maybe not three times as much at the same time though 🙂 )
- 1 Tbsp yeast
- 1/2 cup warm water
- 1 cup warm milk
- 1/4 cup butter, melted
- 4 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 Tbsp white sugar
- 1 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 egg + 1 for brushing
- sesame seeds (optional)
- a bit of oil for bowl
- Mix yeast and sugar in a bowl. Add warm water and stir, then leave covered in a warm place till the yeast activates, about 10 minutes.
- Melt butter and warm milk in the microwave. Once yeast is ready, add a bit of flour and mix. Add the salt, egg and butter, then add more flour. Keep adding the rest of the flour, alternatively with the milk, until all the ingredients are in the bowl. Mix everything together until the dough starts to come together.
- Turn the dough out onto a floured surface and knead for 8-10 minutes.
- Place dough in an oiled bowl, cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled in size, about an hour.
- Punch dough down then turn out on a floured surface again. Form into a log and divide into 12 parts. You can use a kitchen scale to weigh the entire dough, then divide by 12 and you will have an approximate weight for each bun.
- Place buns on a greased baking sheet, cover and let rise again, about half an hour. Preheat oven to 400°F.
- Scramble the second egg and brush the tops of the buns. Sprinkle some sesame seeds on top and place in the oven. Bake for 10 – 12 minutes until golden brown. Store in an airtight container. Enjoy!