My daughter recently requested homemade buns, I made her a batch of these deliciously soft buns using my favourite homemade bun recipe. I have never shared it before because when I make it I never use a recipe, I just add the ingredients and hope for the best. That probably sums up my cooking style to be honest. Yikes!
But this time as I made them I actually wrote the recipe down, now she can make them herself when ever she feels like it.
The simple act of making your own bread from scratch is rewarding and often therapeutic.
You can’t rush the process, and it’s ideal for those of us who need to slow down and be in the moment. I find every time I made bread from scratch my children end up a the table with me, chatting away and helping to mould the dough into buns.
My daughter brushed a little milk on the top of each one and pressed a sprig of fresh rosemary into each one before they went into the oven. The rosemary makes the buns fragrant when cooking, and the milk helps to achieve that warm golden top.
I always sprinkle a little bit of pink salt over the tops too, which just adds to the flavour.
My Favourite Homemade Bun Recipe
4 tsp active dried yeast
1 tbsp honey
1 tbsp oil
2 cups tepid water
5 cups of plain white flour
Optional: herbs, a little milk, and pink salt
1 – In a large bowl add the water, honey and yeast. Stir gently and set aside somewhere warm (not hot) to activate.
2 – Once the yeast is fluffy you can add the oil and flour. Mix in the flour and the use your hands to knead the dough. If you haven’t kneaded dough before just Google a short video and you can’t go wrong. Knead the dough for around 5 minutes. Add a little extra flour to the table and your hands if it all gets a bit sticky.
3 – The dough is ready to set aside in a floured bowl once it is well kneaded and shiny on top. Leave to rise somewhere warm for at least 2 hours. I leave mine for around 5 hours in the hot water cupboard, and even overnight at times.
4 – Once it has doubled in size you can knead it slightly again and then form into buns. Pop these onto a floured tray, add a brush of milk, any herbs and a pinch of salt to each one, and set aside for another 30 minutes.
5 – Preheat the oven to 180C.
6 – Bake in the oven for 15-20 minutes, or until lightly golden on the tops.
Enjoy with a bowl of soup of just on their own with homemade herb and garlic butter.
Once you get used to making bread from scratch it becomes something you do without even thinking about it, let me know how you go with this recipe and remember to add your own herbs, salts and even some garlic if you like.