Burger Buns

Burger buns, specifically homemade soft hamburger buns that are almost like brioche, are the best in our book. These buttery, light, yet sturdy specimens are the most incredible we’ve ever had. The recipe comes from the baking geniuses at King Arthur Flour.

Four homemade burger buns dusted with flour on grey paper.

When King Arthur Flour first shared this recipe for homemade burger buns recipe online, the website was inundated with comments from home cooks declaring these lightly golden, sparely sweet, brioche-like buns “THE BEST.” We concur. (Literally. We had 17 of our recipe testers GUSH about them to us.) Without further ado, here’s how to make them.–Renee Schettler

Burger Buns

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  • 1 H, 45 M
  • Makes 12 buns
4.9/5 - 17 reviews


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Mix and knead all of the dough ingredients except for the melted butter by hand, mixer, or bread machine until a soft, smooth dough forms.

Cover the dough and let it rise for 1 to 2 hours, or until it’s nearly doubled in bulk.

Gently deflate the dough and divide it into 12 pieces.

Shape each piece into a round ball, then flatten it to a squat round blob about 2 1/2 inches across. (Another easy way to shape buns, besides rolling them into balls and flattening, is to gently deflate the dough and form it into a smooth 8-inch log. Using a serrated knife, slice the log into 12 pieces. Gently tug the edges of each piece underneath the ball of dough to form a squat ball.)

Place the buns on a lightly buttered or parchment-lined baking sheet, cover, and let rise for about an hour, until noticeably puffy.

Preheat the oven to 375°F (190°C).

Brush the buns with about half the melted butter and bake until golden, 12 to 18 minutes.

As soon as you remove the buns from the oven, brush them with the remaining melted butter, which will lend the buns a satiny, buttery crust. Place the buns on a wire rack to cool completely. Proceed as desired. Originally published August 9, 2012.


    • Seeded Burger Buns Variation
    • If you’d like sesame or poppy seeds sprinkled atop your buns, brush the buns with the egg wash (see Variation above) rather than the melted butter prior to baking as it’ll make the seeds adhere. Sprinkle the buns with the seeds and bake as instructed. (When you separate the egg, feel free to add the extra egg yolk to the dough for slightly richer results.)

    • Bread Variation
    • Leite’s Culinaria reader and food blogger Sarah of The Cook’s Life has tweaked this recipe into loaf form. According to her, “We call it bun bread around here.” Well, we call it brilliant around here. Sarah says to follow the recipe through the first rise. Shape the whole batch of dough into 1 loaf and bake it in a 9-by-5-inch loaf pan for about 30 minutes at 350°F, or until it is browned, sounds hollow when tapped, and tests 190°F to 200°F in the middle. You may need to tent the top with foil if it starts to get too brown. And she mentions that if you don’t like sweet bread, you can reduce the sugar to 2 tablespoons or even 1 tablespoon with no other changes to the recipe. [Editor’s Note: Sarah makes a few other tweaks to the recipe, substituting white whole-wheat flour for some of the all-purpose. You can read about her changes in her comment below the recipe. We haven’t tested this variation yet, but we’re literally preheating our ovens now…]

    • Slider Buns Variation
    • We all know that one-size-fits-all cliché is a bunch of baloney. Take hamburger buns. Sometimes you need something that’ll accommodate a brontosaurus-sized burger. Sometimes you need something that’ll suit wee sliders. And sometimes you need something that’s perfectly in between. We understand. So do the folks at King Arthur Flour, who suggest that, for slightly larger buns, you divide the dough into 8 pieces instead of 12 and bake the buns for 15 to 18 minutes. And for those wee slider buns—about 3 inches in diameter–divvy the dough into 24 pieces and bake for 12 to 15 minutes.

    • Darker, Shinier Buns
    • Brushing the buns with melted butter, as instructed in the recipe above, will give your burger buns a soft, light golden crust. To instead give your buns a shinier, darker crust, brush them with an egg white wash made of 1 large egg white beaten with 1/4 cup cold water before baking. There is no need to also brush the buns after baking as you do with the butter

    Recipe Testers Reviews

    These burger buns were a big hit at our last barbecue. The recipe is so simple and easy to follow. No taking water temperatures or proofing, just stir, let rise, shape, and bake.

    I used the roll-into-a-log-and-slice method for shaping the buns, and it couldn’t have been any more effortless. These burger buns bake up somewhere between a ciabatta roll and a hamburger bun. The tops of the buns are crunchy but the inside is light and airy. They’re very satisfying but don’t overpower the flavor of the burger itself. Everyone loved them.

    This isn’t your grocery store bun. This burger buns recipe turns out dense, delicious, and beautiful buns for serious burger connoisseurs only.

    About that dense part…they’re a little denser than what your average burger eater may be used to. My solution? A little toasting on the grill grates or a buttered skillet. I opted to make 12 buns instead of 8, which worked well for a 1/4-pound burger.

    I really like this burger buns recipe. It’s one of the simplest yeast dough recipes that I’ve ever made. Throw everything into the mixer bowl and let it go. The dough is very soft and silky to work with.

    The hardest part of the process is forming the buns themselves, and even that’s quite easy since this dough is very “manageable.” I brushed the buns with melted butter and topped them with sesame seeds, which toasted up quite nicely and added a slight crunch to the bun. The buns themselves turned out a lovely brown color and were soft and a little sweet.

    These are so easy to make and much better than the pillowy ones you buy at the grocery store. Will make these again!

    I like this burger buns recipe because the bun has brioche qualities without being dense and heavy. If you switch gears and break down the steps, you’ll see how easy the recipe is, and that it’s not at all excessive if you strive toward perfect burger bliss.

    I want to make these every week for our Saturday night burger throw down. Shoot for making 12 smaller buns rather than 8. Unless you eat 3/4-pound burgers, it’s hard to fill the larger buns edge to edge.

    This recipe is incredibly easy to follow and is a great introduction for anyone who might be intimidated by baking bread.

    It’s refreshing for a bread recipe to not give such specific instructions and still work. Combining all the ingredients at the same time (as opposed to dissolving the yeast separately) makes this a cinch to mix together, the rolls still rise beautifully, and cleanup is a bit easier as well.

    Upon taking a bite of one of the cooled rolls, I was a little skeptical about how substantial they were and was concerned they’d be too heavy for burgers or sandwiches, but I was wrong. I used these for lamb burgers and the sturdy buns soaked up all the delicious juices and never got soggy. The slight sweetness of the bread complemented the meat nicely, too.

    I used to have a hamburger bun recipe that I swore by, but this recipe changed my mind. My other recipe was really easy, but this is far better. These were beautiful.

    I made them in my bread machine on the dough cycle, took the dough out after the first rise, and then formed them into bun shapes. They raised up nicely in another hour, then I basted them with the butter and they baked up in 14 minutes. Just perfect.

    I’m a huge fan of all the King Arthur products. I sent my husband to Lake Charles to get me bags of flour because they didn’t sell it here in Lafayette.

    This incredibly easy bun should be in everyone’s recipe box. Superior in every way to a store-bought bun, it makes your burger just that much better. Quick to toss together, it rises rather quickly too, and the finished bun is delicious with a nice crumb. Once you make this, you’ll be hooked!

    Beautiful burger buns live up to the name! These buns were soft, moist, golden, and delicious little pockets of bread. I divided the dough into 12 pieces and basted them with melted butter before baking and after.

    I served them as rolls with garlic and herb butter to slather on. We had 4 left and they were just as good the next day! They seem to be an “all-purpose” roll—could be used many ways—and a perfect start for the beginning bread maker. Thanks for this recipe! It’s in my permanent file now!

    As a novice bread maker, this recipe was surprisingly straightforward and simple. And if you’re fortunate enough to have a stand mixer, that removes even more work!

    The notes provided a tip for water amount versus weather, but I needed to use the full cup during a 100°F, humid Virginia day. I’d also include a suggestion to add the yeast and sugar to the water and wait a few minutes to make sure it’s active. Nothing is more depressing than making a beautiful dough only to not have it rise. I’m looking forward to trying the recipe again with an egg-white wash and sesame as well as poppy seeds.

    I’ve been making this rolls for years. These are my “go-to” rolls for everything from actual burgers to breakfast buns.

    These taste great and are neutral enough to go with everything but have enough inherent flavor to be eaten alone, say, alongside pasta. The recipe contains a description about the use of 3/4 versus 1 cup of water. While this is nice, really the baker needs to pay attention to the texture of the dough. It’s much easier to add flour than add water (at least in my experience). When I was first learning, I was told not to add more flour but this meant not to add too much. Instead you want a dough that has enough flour so that there can be some gluten development (i.e., the dough will hold together and not be runny).

    This version doesn’t say how long to mix the dough—one rule of thumb is about 5 minutes in a stand mixer and maybe 8–10 minutes by hand. I usually peek into the bowl at about 3 minutes and add flour (or water), if needed. When you think it’s ready, you can place your hand on the dough and it should come off without being too sticky. Add more flour at this point if it’s too sticky (if your hand is wet with dough) and continue kneading.

    The dough after the first rise shouldn’t be so sticky that one can’t handle it. (I’ve been working with more wet doughs but it’s very hard to portion if it’s too wet.) My baking time was closer to 12 minutes, so I’d check after 8 minutes—the first time to turn for even browning.

    This is an incredibly easy buns recipe to make with great results. We like a softer bun but one that doesn’t fall apart, and this was it. The rolls stood up to being the supporting actor to the main filling.

    The bun was sturdy enough to stand up to the mayonnaise in a lobster salad without being overbearing. The lobster salad wasn’t outshone by the bun but you knew it was there. I took the suggestion of using a smaller amount of water since it was humid. The only thing I’d change is that I’d use a burger mold or rings to get perfectly round buns.

    Fluffy and rich (but not as rich as brioche), these buns are really simple to make. They come out of the oven soft and stay that way, thanks to a good coating of melted butter on the top. We loved these and made them with the Barbecue Pork Burgers.

    The recipe was easy to weigh out, prepare, and bake. The instructions were clear, without too much detail. I was able to make 8 good-sized buns, which were slightly sweet and had a dense crumb consistency. The buns kept well until the next day, retaining their softness.

    If you’re looking for some delicious buns, then try out this recipe for beautiful burger buns. It’s a very simple one but creates a delicious taste.

    Next time, I’d make the smaller buns for a yield of 12 buns instead of 8. You could easily make these buns the day before a party. Expect to spend about 4 hours total but you can take care of the dough and then come back later to do the next step. I made the recipe using a heavy-duty stand mixer.

    This recipe for burger buns appealed to me because most buns I purchase are too airy and flavorless. Those are fine for shredded chicken or pulled pork, but for a hefty burger I want a little more substance and flavor. I appreciate that the recipe includes different portions and baking times to allow for a variety of bun sizes, from slider to BIG.

    I bake bread a lot, and I usually make the dough by hand instead of using my mixer. For that reason, I chose to prepare this recipe by hand as well. I used the smaller amount of water, as the note on the recipe instructed. As I added the flour, I found that the dough was smooth and elastic before the specified amount of flour. The amount of flour I used was closer to 3 1/4 cups, and barely that.

    Normally, I brush butter on my baked breads after they come out of the oven. This recipe instructed brushing with the melted butter before baking as well as after, so I did just that. I’m not sure it resulted in any greater softness than when just brushing after the baking.

    I chose to make the 8 big buns. The buns baked up nice and golden brown with a satiny, buttery crust, just as the recipe described.

    The texture wasn’t dense, but not airy either. When I sliced the buns, there were no large holes or dry crumbs. The buns held up well to 1/3-pound burgers without getting soggy or falling apart…even until the last bite.

    These are my “go to” burger buns. When you have this recipe, there’s no need to find any other. You can make them large or you can make them small for sliders. I've used egg wash and tried many different seeds, including sesame, caraway, and poppy. Not only is this a fantastic hamburger bun but, it’s quite good straight from the oven with a little butter.

    This was a simple recipe that was really easy to follow. The flavor is fantastic and I actually liked them best when we ate them warm from the oven with some butter.

    The use of instant yeast makes the dough quicker to assemble and faster to rise. I also appreciate any bread recipe that does not call for bread flour as I have a small pantry and have to draw the line somewhere. The recipe didn't specify if the butter in the dough should be melted or softened so I added it melted as I was using it for a later step and it was just fine.

    I made 8 buns as per the recipe and they weighed 4 ounces each. That seemed like a lot of bread when my burgers are only 4 to 6 ounces themselves. I would make the rolls smaller next time. Also I didn't care for the step that called for slightly flattening the rolls after shaping. We all agreed that the rolls that I didn't flatten looked better. I found the buns too heavy and dense for a sandwich. However, I was in the minority of my group who loved them with their burgers.

    I will definitely make these again only smaller and served as a dinner roll.


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    1. At the risk of piling on, let me just add my voice to the overwhelming OMG, magnificent, game changer vibes here. Just made these (did 8 instead of 12) for dinner tonight and if they taste half, no, a sliver as good as they look, I’ll probably never buy hamburger rolls again!

      1. Hi Diane. Like all burger buns, they can be tricky to freeze and reheat without being crumbly. That said, some of our readers have had success and suggest that you carefully wrap them in plastic wrap and then a layer of foil to freeze. Defrost them in the refrigerator and gently reheat them in a 250°F oven, wrapped in foil with an opening at the top. Let us know if that works for you.

    2. Very easy to make and turned out brilliantly. I sprinkled some sesame seeds on top otherwise stuck faithfully to the recipe. I made 8 buns from the dough.

      1. Thanks so much for taking the time to let us know, Darius. We’re delighted that they turned out so well for you.

    3. Thank you for this recipe, I really like the added info/ notes that expand on the original King Arthur recipe but why did you guys not include the grams info for the ingredients??? That’s like the most important part of any baking recipe!

      1. You’re welcome, queenshaboo. And we agree on the grams! That’s why we did include them. If you look at the word INGREDIENTS above the ingredients list, to the right, there’s a toggle for US and METRIC measures. Click on METRIC. Like magic, you should see grams.

    4. O.M.G. this is my new favorite recipe! I used the tuck and pinch method to form round balls of dough but did not flatten them before rising on the pan. They turned out beautifully, with enough height to cut easily into equal halves. I made half the batch plain and sprinkled everything seasoning on the other half. My family of 3 demolished the whole pan in 2 days! I can’t stop making these! I’ve got a “bun bread” loaf rising now, looking forward to toast in the morning. 😁

      1. Love hearing this, Rebecca! Seriously love it. It’s hard not to feel this way about these buns! Means a lot to us to hear how your entire family loves them, thank you so much for taking the time to share that!

    5. Made for my family’s 4th of July cookout. I made 4 variations; One sprinkled with Parmesan, asiago, and Romano cheeses; one with caramelized onions; one with sesame seeds; and kept the other batch plain. All were delicious and the bread was well received. Will make this again.

    6. Wow, these sound incredible. We need these in our life. We are gluten free now, sadly. How to make them GF? Anyone try that yet? We sure could use your help.

      1. Suzi, I’m GF, too, and I would love to be able to tell you how to make these in a manner that turns out exactly the same as the regular version and not disappointing in any way. Sadly, we haven’t tried that in that way yet. And I wouldn’t want to offer you a suggestion that we haven’t tested over and over again and perfected, as we do with all recipes that end up on our site. So for the moment, I’m sorry, all I can offer is my apologies. And if we do hear of someone achieving success GF, I’ll let you know!

    7. The buns I made with this recipe were better than any other buns that I have made. My other buns have been pretty terrible though, so take from that what you will :) I divided the dough into 9 buns instead of 12 and they came out to be about 12cm across.

    8. I thought this was a fantastic recipe that resulted in an outstanding burger bun that’s much better than store-bought buns. I decreased the sugar to 3 tablespoons and added an extra egg yolk in the egg white wash (which you should absolutely do if you want the sesame seeds to adhere, they readily fall off if you use melted butter). The resulting dough was very smooth and easy to work with. I shaped the buns using the ball rather than log method and made 12 buns. The resulting buns were soft with great flavor and stood up well to the turkey burgers I served them on. My only nit is that the resulting size when making 12 was a little too small (about 3 1/2 inches in diameter) for my tastes for a 1/4-pound burger. I think making 10 buns—or, if used for sliders, 14 buns—would yield the perfect size.​

    9. A question. Since I’ll be using the bread machine can I use bread machine yeast? I have a jar of it and would like to use that. If I can use it how much should I use? Thanks for any help you can give me.

    10. These are good buns….everything King Arthur is good!!! Do try the KA recipe for no knead cheesy burger buns it’s equally amazing!! If you make them…be sure to use the Vermont cheese powder. I use my bread machine to do all the work….for both the regular recipe you have here and the cheese ones…then shape into burger or dog buns.

      Haven’t bought buns in years…it’s too darn easy to make them at home!

    11. Happy to see this recipe getting love here! I’ve made it regularly for several years now, including today, and they’re always flawless. Some tips from my own experience: I weigh the flour (418 g) to avoid adding too much, and then weigh the dough for 8 buns (usually 100 g apiece). Canadian AP flour is similar to KAF in that it’s higher in protein than typical supermarket AP, and tends to need the full cup of water. I bring the butter and egg to room temp and proof the yeast even if it’s instant, just for the boost. They are tender and soft but hold up to lots of messy fillings.

    12. Made these burger buns for a veggie burger dinner tonight! It is a FABULOUS recipe. The buns were so soft and delicious, with a lovely crust. I kneaded the dough by hand and had no trouble. Instead of brushing them with plain butter, I brushed them with the Chili Honey Butter recipe I found on this website (link posted at the end of the comment). It worked superbly with the slight sweetness of the buns. I filled the buns with a black bean burger brushed lightly with pesto, tomatoes, Sriracha mayo, queso fresco, fresh red onion, whole grain Dijon mustard, and lemon-garlic-marinated mushrooms. PHENOMENAL! I will report back on how the buns hold over the following days. By the way, I also halved the recipe and it worked out perfectly.


      1. LOVE the tweaks you brought to this recipe, Vera! Brilliant on the chili butter. Glad to hear you’re as fond of this recipe as we are. Thanks so much for taking the time to let us know. Looking forward to hearing which recipe on the site you try next…

    13. Two questions,I have King Arthur bread flour at the moment, can I use it? Or my AP flour is Pillsbury, should I use it? I do know KA has different gluten content than some of the other brands. This is what I have and would like to try the rolls as they sound delish! Thanks and have a great day!

    14. I made these buns again last night, but instead of using the white bread flour I used before, I tried cake flour (as they call it in S. Africa). Wow man!!! Perfect, perfect, perfect. We had the leftovers for lunch today and found them to be as good as they were yesterday. Obviously “all-purpose” flour equates to our cake flour. I can’t believe I didn’t think of that to begin with. Thanks for sharing an excellent recipe!

      1. Keta, you are so very welcome! I hadn’t realized there was that distinction in flours, so good on you for discerning that! As to your previous query about keeping those buns overnight in a manner so they don’t become dry and crumbly, I want to share anyway what we heard, just in case it can be of use. We actually had some really quite varied responses from those folks who’ve made these before. One our favorite testers (yes, I’m afraid we do play favorites), who has made these buns no fewer than eight times, keeps leftover buns in a paper bag, not a plastic bag, on the counter. He swears by that method. Another tester doesn’t leave the potential for dryness to chance and instead wraps the buns in plastic and refrigerates them, then warms them prior to splitting and burger-fying them. Anyways, soooo glad you had success, Keta! And I really, really appreciate you letting us know.

    15. These buns were easy to make and when done, were beautiful to look at. They tasted good the first day. The second day we attempted making burgers – to our dismay the buns crumbled half way through. Why does this happen?

      1. Hey Keta, wow, I’m really sorry and very surprised that your buns crumbled. How did you store them? Perhaps that is the culprit?

        1. I honestly am not criticizing your recipe. It tasted wonderful and I have made them again with the same excellent results. I stored them in a plastic bag overnight in a bread bin on the kitchen counter, but found that the following day they crumbled when made into burgers. Is there a better way to store them? However, the day they are baked and eaten they are absolutely delicious.

          1. Hey, Keta, we didn’t interpret you as criticizing the recipe at all, and we’re sorry if we seemed to be blaming the victim. I don’t have an answer for you, although I do have a query out to all the testers who have made this recipe repeatedly to find out their experiences. I also have a query out to our resident baking expert, who is one of our recipe testers as well as a baking professional. We’ll be back with you soon as we have any ideas. In the meantime, well, I guess they’d make really phenomenal toast…? Thanks for your patience!

    16. I made these today and I LOVE them! I have to agree with the comments that these are somewhat sweet-tasting. However, I like that. It’s different than store-bought in a great way. These are sturdy and super easy to make. I will be doing this often! Thanks for another great recipe.

    17. These buns look absolutely beautiful and I would love to bake a batch for our next barbecue party as I am sure they are equally delicious. I am wondering though if you have experimented with a few tweaks, like omitting the sugar altogether and/or replacing part of the all-purpose flour with white whole wheat. I’d be curious to know as it is the direction I would like to go with these buns if they were to become our favorites… Thank you!

      1. MC, they are just as buttery and sturdy and brioche-like as they appear. We actually didn’t toy with the amount of sugar or attempt to sneak in a little whole-wheat flour, seeing as, well, why mess with perfection? Although perhaps someone else tried any variants on this recipe…anyone? In the meantime, we encourage you to make modest tweaks to the recipe–as you know, baking is a very, very delicate science–and let us know how it goes.

        1. Thanks for your reply, Renee! You’ve got a point for sure! As you probably guessed, the main reason I would attempt to mess with perfection is improved nutrition. Another is that, for better or for worse, I never had a sweet tooth, which makes me very reluctant to use sugar in anything that doesn’t absolutely require it. I need additional info on the role (if any) of sugar in a dough like this one. Of course the easiest solution would be to bake a batch as is and then a slightly modified one and then compare. I might do just that too… Will keep you posted!

          1. MC, I understand and respect your desire to oomph the nutritional quotient of this recipe. Believe me, I do. And you know, what you suggest is exactly how we approach recipes during our testing process–we start with the status quo, as that’s really the only way to establish a baseline, and then we tweak from there when desired or required. I love your spirit of ingenuity and I look forward to hearing how you work your healthful magic….

            1. I joined the King Arthur Baking Circle many years ago, and have been making the buns almost since Moomie (Ellen) posted the recipe. They are the bomb, to put it mildly!

              That said, I have tinkered with them over the 12+ years I have been making them. I make them with about 3 cups white whole-wheat flour and 1/2 cup all-purpose flour. To get them to still be tasty I have made a bunch of tweaks. I spell it all out in my post on the buns on my blog:

              I make the buns regularly, and I also make them in loaf form. We call it bun bread around here. Follow the recipe through the first rise. Shape the whole batch of dough into 1 loaf and bake it in a 9-by-5-inch loaf pan for about 30 minutes at 350°F, or until it is browned, sounds hollow when tapped, and tests 190°F to 200°F in the middle. You may need to tent the top with foil if it starts to get too brown.

              Oh, and I don’t always do it, because we like sweet bread, but you can reduce the sugar to 2 or even 1 tablespoon with no other changes.

              Hope this helps, MC.

              1. Ooooooh, Bun Bread! Sarah, that is, to put it simply, brilliant. (I literally just let out a long, slow, sigh-like “Ooooooh” sitting here at my computer reading your comment.) I think I speak on behalf of the billions of Beautiful Burger Buns followers everywhere when I say many, many, many thanks!

          2. MC, sugar is food for the yeast, however, some recipes call for more than is needed for that purpose just to give the bread/buns a little noticeable sweetness — think of Hawaiian bread, for example. So, you can cut back on the sugar here but shouldn’t eliminate it. If you do, especially if you use the white whole-wheat flour, you will come out with a substantially different beast than this recipe, as is, produces. The texture and heft will be different, but I agree that trying the recipe as it is written, then tweaking and comparing the two is ideal. You may find that you prefer the new texture.

            That said, the small amount of sugar that is in each bun is nutritionally negligible for most people and omitting it (rather than reducing it) will not make these buns any more nutritious or healthful.

            Stepping away from the podium…;)

    18. Hi Diane, we’ve gotten some great advice from our testers. From Helen, “I will admit I’m a lazy bread maker, so I rise all my breads in the fridge. I combine all the ingredients in a large over-sized container for the fridge, and don’t over mix, just until combined. The dough should be a little wetter than normal(sort of sticky, not gloopy)and it will rise in the over-sized container in the fridge over night. When I’m ready to bake off some bread I take what I want out of the container and knead for a couple of minutes with some flour on the board for 3 or 4 minutes. I then allow it to rise in the loaf pan or on a baking sheet for a boule at room temp for at least 1/2 hour before baking.
      I got the idea from Artisan Bread in 5 minutes a day. The wet dough lasts about
      4 or 5 days in the fridge or you can bake it all at once. “

      1. and from Cindi “Almost all yeast doughs do fine in the fridge for a while. Rich dough can’t be kept as long as lean, but overnight is fine. Off the top of my head I can’t think of a dough that wouldn’t be ok for sort a short time. Depending on the dough’s temperature going in and the temp of the fridge itself you will see from very little to almost all the rise you’d get if left on the counter for an hour or two. When you take it out, if you just made the dough and chilled that, then working it to shape it will warm it up and your rise pre-baking won’t be too much longer than it would have been without chilling.

        If you’ve refrigerated shaped buns the timing is a little trickier. I sometimes find a large pan of rolls or a large loaf can take as much as 2 hours at room temperature after an overnight chilling to fully proof. The buns, being smaller, could possibly have risen enough to bake after just 30 minutes or so. I do sticky buns this way all the time when I have company. I make them up, put them in the prepared pan, cover with greased plastic wrap so they don’t dry out, and put them in the refrigerator overnight. I use two small pans, such as 9″ cake pans, instead of one large pan, so they warm up faster when I take them out. They rise some in the refrigerator. I take them out in the morning while I make coffee and they are usually ready to go by the time the oven has preheated. If they don’t look quite puffy enough I give them another 20-30 minutes sitting on the counter. It’s really convenient to do the work and clean up one day and enjoy fresh baked rolls the next.”

        Hopefully, you will be able to determine the best method to fits your needs, whether making the beautiful buns ahead or allowing a rise in the refrigerator.

    19. I’ve recently started baking here in the UK. Does anyone know what the equivalent of all-purpose flour would be here. We have so many varieties (sadly, no King Arthur which I loved at home in the States). We have ‘plain’ flour and self-rising (don’t think it would be that), strong white bread flour etc. I want to try those buns!

      1. Hi June, I’d be inclined to use the “plain” flour. Please let us know how they turn out.

    20. Is there a method to make these where they can rise in the fridge overnight? I’d like to be able to pop these in the oven when I get home from work.

      1. Hi Diane, I can say that I have frozen this recipe’s yield twice so far and the loaves reheat beautifully in the oven after originally being fully baked. Method: defrost in the fridge while at work, then reheat in the oven at 250 to 300 degrees F wrapped in foil that’s left open at the top.

        For very best results, you should wrap the buns carefully in plastic wrap and then a layer of foil before freezing. Enjoy!!

    21. Please forgive what may be a stupid question to everyone else but since I am not well versed with yeast, here goes:

      This recipe calls for ‘instant yeast’. That isn’t the same as ‘rapid rise’, is it? I also know there is ‘active dry’, too. Help – I want to make this but want to make sure I am using the correct ingredients.

      1. Hi Lori, yep, “Rapidrise” is just Fleischmanns branded name for instant yeast. Good luck with your beautiful buns!

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