This week we are doing buns! The best part about these buns is how quickly they can be made. I’ve tweaked and fussed with this recipe for a while now until I could make it just right. These buns are excellent to pair with soup, use for sandwiches and as a breakfast with butter and jam. So here it goes, my recipe for the perfect chewy buns.
I will point out this recipe requires a heat source to speed the rising of the yeast. If you do not own a tradition oven+stove with heat coils and a vent out of the oven, you may need to wait longer for rise times.
Total Time : 95 minutes Yields : 8 Large Buns / 12 Medium Buns
- 2 cups warm water
- 1 cup warm water
- 2 1/4 tbsp instant dry yeast
- 2 tbsp sugar
- 1 tbsp salt
- 3 – 4 cups all purpose flour
- 3-4 tbsp salted butter
- Pre-heat oven to 425F
- Mix 2 cups of warm water, yeast and sugar together in a large, heat safe bowl.
- Place the bowl beside the vent for your oven (hover your hand above the elements of your stove after you have been pre-heating for a few minutes. One of them should have a steady amount of heat coming from it venting out from the oven, you will want to place your bowl beside the element, not on top of it). Let the bowl sit there until bubbles form on top of the mixture.
- Mix in the salt and flour one cup at a time. I would recommend stopping at 3 1/4 cups and kneading more flour in as needed later down the line.
- Place the bowl back beside the vent for 15 minutes or until doubled in size.
- Turn out the dough onto a floured surface and knead the dough for 5-6 minutes or until the dough has become smooth and is no longer sticky. Avoid adding large amounts of flour.
- Cut the dough into 8 equal pieces and pull the dough into smooth balls. Place them on a baking sheet covered in aluminium foil and greased with butter. Place the baking sheet on top of the oven and allow 15- 30 minutes for the final rise.
- Pour a cup of water into the bottom of the oven a few minutes before putting in the buns. (The humidity will help form a better crust).
- Bake the buns for 18-25 minutes. Do not open the oven for the first 15 minutes or you will lose humidity. They should have a hard crust and light brown colour on the top.
- Brush the buns with warm butter (this will soften the crust) immediately upon removing them from the oven.
- Buns can be enjoyed warm after a half hour of cooling or can be stored in an air tight container after they have cooled to room temperature.
I hope you enjoyed the recipe! If you tried this recipe, please let me know! Tag me in pictures of your baked goods with @evablakeman on Instagram.