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Milk Bread Honey Buns

Milk Bread Honey Buns
These honey buns are perfect for a special occasion, and easy enough for every day. The tangzhong makes these buns super light, fluffy and tender.
Yield 16 buns




  • 1/2 cup (60g) all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup (120ml) whole milk
  • 1/2 cup (120g) water


  • 3 1/2 cups plus 3 tablespoons (444g) all-purpose flour
  • 1 (0.25oz) package (7g) or 2 1/4 teaspoons Platinum Yeast
  • 1/2 cup (120ml) lukewarm whole milk (105˚F)
  • 1 large egg (room temperature)
  • 3 tablespoons (63g) honey (OR 1/3 cup (66 grams) granulated sugar)
  • 1 teaspoon (4g) fine sea salt
  • 4 tablespoons (56g) unsalted butter (softened, not melted)
  • Egg wash: 1 egg plus 1 tablespoon water (whisked together)


  • Make the tangzhong: In a saucepan, add the flour, then while whisking, add the water and milk. Whisk constantly over medium-low heat until the mixture thickens into a smooth paste. Mixing time is approximately 3 1/2 minutes. Transfer the mixture to a stand mixer bowl and allow to cool to room temperature.
  • Make the dough: In a mixing bowl, add the flour and Platinum Yeast. Stir to combine.
  • To the lukewarm milk, add the egg, stir, then add it to the Tangzhong. Add the honey and salt; then add the flour-yeast mixture. Mix on medium-low speed with the dough hook until the mixture just comes together and then add the butter, a small piece at a time, until incorporated. Raise the mixer speed to medium.
  • The mixture will be very soft, and shaggy at first, sticking to the bottom and sides of the bowl. Continue mixing until the mixture pulls away from the sides of the bowl and is smooth and shiny, about 10-15 minutes. Transfer the dough to an oiled bowl and turn the dough over to coat the dough in oil.
  • First rise: Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and allow to rise at room temperature until the dough almost doubles in size. (See note below for overnight rise option.) Place the dough in the refrigerator to firm up for shaping, about 1/2 hour. Note: the dough is very soft and slack, but by cooling it in the refrigerator, the butter in the dough seizes and the dough firms enough to shape more easily, much like brioche dough.
  • Shape the rolls: Punch down dough and turn out onto a lightly greased counter. Divide dough into 16 equal pieces. Using the “claw” method, roll each bun into a tight ball. Place on a parchment-lined sheet pan, seam side down, a few inches apart (8 rolls per pan), and cover loosely with plastic wrap.
  • Second rise: Allow buns to rise in a warm area, no warmer than 90˚F, for 40-50 minutes or until about doubled in size and pass the ripe test (an indent remains after lightly touching dough with finger tip).
  • Preheat oven to 350˚F.
  • Bake rolls: Brush with egg wash and bake until golden brown and the internal temperature reads 190˚F, about 25-27 minutes.


For overnight rise: Place covered unrisen dough in refrigerator overnight, remove from refrigerator and continue with step 6.
Recipe by Gesine Prado.

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Review & Comments

Melody | Reply

5 stars
Not too sweet, and the texture also makes them great as burger buns!

Bonnie | Reply

5 stars
I made these rolls for Christmas dinner. Wow, they were a big hit. So light and fluffly with a hint of honey. My brother in law told me I couldn’t take leftovers home. He loved them. There were no leftovers ha ha. I usually like hearty whole grain breads, but this was such a nice treat for a holiday dinner and the kids especially loved them.

Lina | Reply

I cannot find platinum yeast where I live. What yeast can be used as subsitute?

Red Star Yeast | Reply

Hi Lina – Have you checked our store finder to see if there is a local store near you that carries Platinum Yeast? If you can’t find a source near you, we now have an online store that sells it.

You can substitute Red Star Quick-Rise or Active Dry Yeast 1=for-1. Keep an eye on the dough as rise times may vary.

I hope you will find this information helpful.
Happy baking!

Elizabeth Polk | Reply

How can honey buns be prepared ahead? Would love them for holiday meals, but can’t spend the time on the whole process on the day of the meal.

Red Star Yeast | Reply

Hi Elizabeth – You can do the first rise in the refrigerator overnight. See Note at bottom of recipe.
Happy baking!

L | Reply

Сarol, thank you very much for the video-recipe and the tips!!!

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