Buttermilk Buns

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Soft, white, and slightly sweet, these buns make fantastic dinner rolls or mini buns for burgers.

Difficulty: Medium

Hands-on: 30 minutesTotal: 2 hours 40 minutes

Serves: 10

Ingredients

  • ¾ cup water
  • 1¼ cups buttermilk
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 1¾ tsp. active dry yeast (1 package)
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 tsp. plus ⅛ tsp. kosher salt, divided
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 5 cups bread flour
  • 1 large egg

Directions

  • In a large bowl, combine water, buttermilk, 1 teaspoon sugar, and yeast. Stir to dissolve and let stand until foamy, about 10 minutes.
  • Add remaining sugar, butter, 2 teaspoons salt, baking powder, and enough bread flour to create a firm dough. Add flour only to reduce stickiness. Turn out onto a floured surface and knead 8–10 minutes. Return to bowl, dust the top with flour, and cover with a damp cloth or plastic wrap. Rise at room temperature until doubled in volume, about 1 hour.
  • Line a baking sheet with parchment. Turn risen dough onto a floured surface. Shape into a rope, about 3" thick. Slice 2" pieces, then roll each into a tight ball. Place balls 2" apart on the prepared pan, seam-side down. Dust with flour, cover loosely with plastic wrap, and proof for 30 minutes. Preheat oven to 375°F.
  • Mix egg with remaining salt and brush lightly across proofed rolls. Bake until golden brown, about 25–30 minutes. Cool completely.