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Better Buns

Better Buns

Better Buns

This dough recipe can be used for many applications, including bread, buns, cinnamon buns etc. The dough is light and moist and keeps well without becoming crumbly. This recipe uses an Asian technique referred to as Tangzhong, where you cook a small portion of the flour, milk and water into a paste before adding it to the rest of the ingredients. This helps retain the moisture in your bakes, along with keeping them fresher longer. 



  • ¼ cup better bread flour
  • ½ cup water
  • ½ milk

Yeast Mixture

  • 1 cup warm water
  • 1 tbsp active dry yeast
  • 2 tbsp sugar or honey


  • 4.5 cups Better Bread Flour
  • 2 tsp kosher salt
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1 egg+1 yolk
  • ¼ cup unsalted butter- room temperature

Step One
Start by making your Tangzhong or roux. In a small pot, add milk, flour and water and whisk together. Over medium heat, continue to stir until the liquid turn into a paste. Set aside or in the fridge and let cool.

Step Two
Activate your yeast. Add 1 cup of warm water, 1 tbsp of active dry yeast and 2 tbsp of sugar or honey. Stir and set aside for 10 minutes.

*I prefer active dry yeast over instant yeast, so I know the yeast is alive. Activating your yeast before incorporating it into your dough ensures a positive outcome.

Step Three
In your stand mixer, add your flour, salt and sugar and give it a stir.

Step Four
In a small bowl, add 1 egg + 1 yolk and whisk. Set aside.

Step Five
To your flour, add your egg, yeast mixture, tangzhong and ¼ cup room temp butter. Turn the mixer on low speed with a dough hook to start incorporating the ingredients. 

Step Six
As the dough begins to form, turn your mixer on medium speed and allow the dough to knead for 8-10mins. If there is dough stuck to the sides of the bowl, add a bit more flour until the dough becomes a smooth ball.

Step Seven
After the dough is done kneading, lightly oil a bowl and set the ball inside the bowl and cover it with plastic wrap and set aside to rise for 1.5 hours.

Step Eight
Prep a large baking dish by greasing the inside with butter or lining it with parchment paper.

Step Nine
Once your dough has risen, punch down your dough and place it out onto your counter. Cut the dough in half and then into 16-18 equal pieces.

Step Ten
Take each piece and roll it into a ball, pinching the bottom to create a nice smooth surface. Place each ball in the prepped baking dish with 1’’ space on each side.

Step Eleven
Cover with plastic wrap and let rise again for 1 hour. Preheat your over to 375°F after 30 mins.

Step Twelve
Before you bake, you can choose to egg-wash the buns to get a golden brown finish.
Take 1 egg +1 tbsp of water, whisk and gently brush over risen dough.

Step Thirteen
Bake at 375°F for 20 mins or until golden brown. 

Step Fourteen
Let sit in baking dish for 10 mins, then invert them onto cooling rack.
Brush with melted butter and sprinkle with coarse salt .

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1 comment

Mar 07, 2024 • Posted by Kimberley Riggs

I grind my own wheat berries what mix of berries can I use to make better bread flour?

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