Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Golden Pull-Apart Butter Buns

At last! The quintessential soft, buttery dinner roll. Nestled — we might even say "crowded" — into a couple of 8" round pans, the shaped buns rise into one another as they bake. The result? Soft-sided pull-apart buns, ready for melting pats of soft butter.
Read our blog about these buns, with additional photos, at Bakers' Banter. 

Recipe from a personal search.

By  Volume

Buns
  • 3 1/2 cups King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
  • 2 teaspoons instant yeast
  • 2 tablespoons potato flour or 1/4 cup instant potato flakes
  • 3 tablespoons Baker's Special Dry Milk or nonfat dry milk
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 4 tablespoons soft butter
  • 2/3 cup lukewarm water
  • 1/2 cup lukewarm milk
Topping
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter

By Weight

Buns
  • 14 3/4 ounces King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
  • 2 teaspoons instant yeast
  • 3/4 ounce potato flour or instant potato flakes
  • 3/4 ounce Baker's Special Dry Milk or nonfat dry milk
  • 7/8 ounce sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 ounces soft butter
  • 5 3/8 ounces lukewarm water
  • 4 ounces lukewarm milk
Topping
  • 1 ounce melted butter

Directions

1) Combine all of the dough ingredients in a large bowl, and mix and knead — using your hands, a stand mixer, or a bread machine set on the dough cycle — to make a soft, smooth dough.

2) Place the dough in a lightly greased container — an 8-cup measure works well here — and allow the dough to rise for 60 to 90 minutes, until it's just about doubled in bulk.

3) Gently deflate the dough, and transfer it to a lightly greased work surface.

4) Divide the dough into 16 equal pieces, by dividing in half, then in halves again, etc. Round each piece into a smooth ball.

5) Lightly grease two 8" round cake pans. Space 8 buns in each pan. Can you use 9" round cake pans, or a 9" x 13" pan? Sure; the buns just won't nestle together as closely, so their sides will be a bit more baked.

6) Cover the pans, and allow the buns to rise till they're crowded against one another and quite puffy, about 60 to 90 minutes. Towards the end of the rising time, preheat the oven to 350°F.

7) Uncover the buns, and bake them for 22 to 24 minutes, until they're golden brown on top and the edges of the center bun spring back lightly when you touch it. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the middle of the center bun should register at least 190°F.

8) Remove the buns from the oven, and brush with the melted butter. After a couple of minutes, turn them out of the pan onto a cooling rack.

9) Serve warm. Store leftovers well-wrapped, at room temperature.

Yield: 16 buns.

 

Recipe summary

Hands-on time: 15 mins. to 20 mins.
Baking time: 22 mins. to 24 mins.
Total time: 2 hrs 37 mins. to 3 hrs 44 mins.
Yield: 16 buns

Tips from our bakers

  • Rather than worrying about heating milk and water to lukewarm, simply combine cold milk with hot tap water. The result? Lukewarm liquid, which is your goal.

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