Basic Buns


  • 1 cup lukewarm water
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons instant yeast
  • 1 tablespoon light brown sugar or honey
  • 2 1/2 cups (11 1/4 ounces) bread flour (divided)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into pieces

Put the water, yeast, sugar, and 2 cups of the bread flour into a large mixing bowl. Stir to combine. I will be loose and gooey. Put the remaining flour on top. Add the salt. Cover with plastic wrap (yes, you’re just leaving that flour on top for now) and set aside for 20 minutes.

Remove the plastic wrap and knead the dough until smooth, shiny, and elastic. It will be a soft dough. Add the butter and continue kneading until the butter is completely incorporated. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap, and set aside for 20 minutes.

Flour your work surface and preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Turn out the dough and knead briefly. It should be soft and feel bouncy. Divide the dough into 12 pieces and shape into balls. Place the balls on the prepared baking sheet. And gently flatten them to about ½ inch high. Cover the buns with plastic wrap and set aside until doubled in size, about 30 minutes.

Remove the plastic wrap and bake at 350 degrees until nicely browned, about 25 minutes. Remove the buns from the baking sheet and let cool on a rack.

From Serious Eats


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