Friday, November 16, 2012

Butter Buns, Bet You Can't Eat Just One!

These buns or rolls, have been know around here by a couple of different names. Besides Butter Buns, they are also called Expletive Rolls or OMG! Rolls. That's right, they are so good the person eating them is forced to moan or groan an expletive, usually "Oh My G.... " you get the picture. These Butter Buns will melt in your mouth and have been our family tradition for holiday meals many years now. I use this recipe for my cinnamon rolls too. While they are not hard to make, they do require a bit of time but it will be so worth it!

I am sharing it with you because I have found that no one in my family has any interest in learning this recipe and technique. And it. should. not. be. lost! There are just too good!

I'm going to give this recipe and technique here today exactly as I learned it.  But I want to tell you that I normally don't following all the little details (like the warm water in the sink) because I don't really believe they are necessary. Yes it uses a lot of butter, but I encourage you to try it exactly as is before you make any changes ok? Please use real butter too.

Pour yeast into the warm water and stir. It will proof; foam and grow if it's good. (not over 110 degrees or it will kill the yeast, not under 100 degrees) Measure flour** into a separate bowl. 

Scald your milk (bring it to 180 degrees, just before it simmers) stirring so it doesn't burn on the bottom. Turn off heat but leave the pan on the burner and add the butter, sugar and salt to the pan stirring until melted. Put an inch or so of warm water in your sink and sit your pan into it. (the warm water will keep your dough warm as you mix it and your rising time will be shorter) When your mix has cooled to about 105 degrees, stir in the yeast and  beaten egg and use a hand mixer to mix well. 

Add flour into mix one cup at a time while using the hand mixer. Once the dough is thick enough that it begins to crawl up the beaters, stop using it and mix the rest of the flour in by hand. 

When you have all the flour mixed in, take your dough to your kneading surface that has been well buttered. Butter your hands, pour out your dough and begin to knead it; re-butter your hand and kneading surface if the dough begins to stick. 

To knead the dough, I start off by sliding my hands under the dough and folding it over it towards me, pushing it down and away, repeat. Knead for ten minutes. (I knead it for about two minutes now)

Place the dough in a large buttered bowl and cover loosely; put bowl in a warm place. When dough has doubled in size (about an hour depending on your room temperature) butter your hands and give it a quick knead in the bowl to release the air and begin to make your rolls.

Make a roll by squeezing off a golf ball size of dough. Holding it in your hands push the center in with your thumbs while pulling the sides up and over into the center with your fingers. Repeat this a few times and you will have a nicely smooth and round shaped roll. 

Place it in a buttered pan smooth side up. ( I am using a 9x12 pan here) Loosely cover and place pan in warm spot. When your rolls have doubled they are ready to bake in the middle to top part of your pre-heated oven, at 375 degrees for approximately 13-18 minutes. Watch them closely so they don't burn. Mine pictured here should have had about 2 more minutes I think.

When you take them from the oven you can rub the top with more butter if you want. Let them rest and cool for a bit because this is an amazingly tender roll. Cutting while too hot causes them to become doughy.

I took 168 photos while making these and I know it was long, but I hopefully gave you the best tutorial possible without writing a book about it. Hubby helped with some of the pics too. He was waiting patiently to eat the rolls and as soon as I headed to the computer to upload my photos he started sampling the goods. When I came back into the kitchen, look how many were gone....5! Can't eat just one around here!

**Measuring flour accurately can be difficult and a baker normal weights their flour for best results. I have found that I can achieve some consistency measuring flour if I do this...I always pour my purchased flour into a large jar to store it. There is some air added to it this way. When I am measuring it out for recipe, I dip it from the jar with a scoop and pour it into my measuring utensil adding a bit more volume. Whenever I use flour in baking, I never dump all my flour in, but rather add most of it and check the consistency of my batter or dough to see if more is needed first. 

The dough for these rolls should be very loose and sticky before it is kneaded. If it is not, it is because too much flour was added, it will not give you the best or most moist tender rolls possible, though they will still good.
*Get my Cinnamon Roll recipe using these buns here

Butter Buns
1 cup of milk                                             2 packages of yeast  
1 stick of butter, or ½ cup                        ½ c of warm water
½ c of sugar                                               1 egg, beaten   
1 tsp of salt                                                4 c of flour measured into a separate bowl                                        
½ stick (or more) of butter at room temp.

Pour yeast into warm water (not over 110 degrees) and stir, let it sit to proof. Scald milk in a large pot, then with heat off  add ½ c of butter and the sugar into it, sitr to melt. Cool to 100 – 105 degrees.    

Place pot into an inch or so of warm water and stir beaten egg and yeast into milk mixture.   Mixing with electric hand mixer, add flour into it one cup at a time till smooth. When you can no longer use the mixer, use a spoon or your hands to finish adding in the flour. Do not add more flour than the 4 cups.

Butter a large bowl and your kneading surface; butter your hands and pour the dough out onto the kneading surface. Knead for 10 minutes. (l only knead it about 2 min) Place in buttered bowl, cover loosely and place in a warm spot to rise.
When it is double in size (about an hour if your room is warm) punch it down and knead it a little to remove air. Squeeze a golf ball size piece off and knead it into a smooth ball. Place into a buttered dish (about 9x12) ** cover loosely and allow to rise to double in size.

Bake in a preheated oven at 375 degrees, for about 13-15 minutes. Butter top if you like after you remove from the oven. Let them cool before cutting.

**You can place these rolls in the refrigerator tightly covered before second rising over night. Remove in the morning, let rise and bake. It will take several hours for them to rise after refrigerating.
Makes 20-24 rolls

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  1. I love to make bread and your rolls look amazing! Thanks so much for sharing the recipe. I think Mrs. M would be proud! I found you at Pin Me #7... pinning!

  2. These look awesome! I'm going to try some this weekend and if all goes well... I'll be making them for Thanksgiving next week!

  3. YUM! There is nothing better than fresh rolls from the oven drenched in butter!

    Visiting from Fresh Eggs Daily :)

  4. These look delicious - definitely going to try them out for thanksgiving! Pinning :)

  5. Thank you so much for sharing this! It sounds wonderful...I am going to try to fit them in for Thanksgiving.

  6. The printer is printing this out right now...

    Wow...these look great / pics are wonderful...and the story. I am glad you gave a detailed tutorial because most of us would normally add more flour, yes..

    if your husband ate five right off the bat I can just imagine how many my sons would eat! Well I am sure I'll find out over the holidays! :)

  7. Awesome!! I've been trying a few different dinner roll recipes, wanting something different for the holidays this year. These sound perfect!


  8. Those would be dangerous in front of Grampy -- he would eat the entire pan. OK, maybe I would help -- if he would let me! Those looks so delicious!

  9. Yummm! Would love it if you linked up on my blog hop Also let me know if you'd like to follow each other!

  10. We are bread/roll people in this house. Dinner is complete without them! I'm the girl that is full in a restaurant by the time the meal comes b/c I've eaten so much bread. LOL Thanks for sharing at Church Supper. Have a blessed week, Happy Thanksgiving and come back soon ~EMM

  11. These look super fantastic and I absolutely love the story of how you learned to make them. I love stuff like that.

    Thanks for linking up to Raising Imperfection!

  12. 5am?? That's some serious dedication to get a recipe!
    They look delicious!

    Thank you for linking to Raising Imperfection. Please come back Friday to see if you were featured! Happy Thanksgiving! :)


  13. Holy moly these look tasty! I had to pin these and I plan to try these for the holidays...if I can wait that long. Thanks for sharing :)


  14. I enjoyed the story of how you got this recipe. My daughter commented that if the grandmother hadn't been so cranky about how her recipe was followed, maybe others in her family would have been more interested in learning to make the buns. It looks like a lucious recipe!

  15. These look so yummy, and I enjoyed the great post. Love the detailed tutorial. I need step-by-step! :) Thank you so much for sharing again this week at A Bouquet of Talent.

  16. These look like my Grandma's rolls, but she kneads with flour... I'm trying this butter technique for Thanksgiving, thanks so much for sharing!! :)

  17. This is a wonderful roll recipe. Am adding it to my recipes. Since I have been asked to make the rolls for Thanksgiving, this is a definite possibility. Hope you have a Happy Thanksgiving.

    Yael from Home Garden Diggers

  18. I love me some butter, and bread. Sounds like they are perfect for this girl! I will have to give them a try sometime. Thanks for sharing!
    Thanks for linking up with Raising Imperfection!

  19. What an amazing looking recipe!

  20. Wow these look so good. I love homemade rolls and this is an awesome tutorial! Glad you linked up at "I Gotta Try That" Have a great Thanksgiving!

  21. These look amazing Connie! Thanks for linking up to my Pin Me Party! I've pinned this! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

  22. Mmmm...! These look so yummy. I make rolls very similar to this, but I do it the lazy grandma way—with a bread maker!

    Thank you for linking up! Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!!

  23. OH! You are SO pinned!!! My family is going to ever love and thank you for this recipe!! Thank you for sharing. They look drool worthy...*slurp*

  24. I'll tell you, I think you've got a gem of a recipe here. These look perfect & I can only imagine how wonderful they must taste with a name that includes butter in the title. My husband would LOVE these. Will be saving this recipe. Thanks for sharing it, Connie. I'm visiting from Vintage Wannabee.

  25. These look delicious! We used to have butter buns in high school, they were amazing!! I can't wait to try this recipe now! Found you through a linky party and excited to be a new follower!! :)

  26. These look delicious. Great tutorial also. I have a link party called Wednesdays Adorned From Above Link Party and would love to have you share this with everyone. Here is the link to the party.
    Debi @ Adorned From Above

  27. Oh, those sound wonderful!! Thank you for sharing at Sharing Saturday!

  28. Congrats, your recipe was the most viewed last week at Church Supper. Please stop by again this week to grab a "Featured On" button and share something again! Have a blessed week. ~EMM

  29. You are featured this week on Busy Monday at A Pinch of Joy! I hope you will stop by and grab a Featured Button from the Button Box on the sidebar this afternoon. Pinned. Thanks so much for linking on Busy Monday!

  30. These are great looking buns
    I love working with yeast (I specialized in baking challahs), and there is not way I'm eating less the 4 buns of these :)

  31. Those rolls looks great!! You give a very good tutorial - love all the pictures. Thanks for linking up at Romance on a dime!

  32. These look so good! You will be one of the features tomorrow at Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. Pop on in and pick up a feature button for your blog. Hope to see your prettiness again on Monday. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  33. I bake bread at least once a week
    and you can be sure I'll be making
    these this week...
    thanks so much for the detailed
    instructions.. I'm wondering what
    it would be if I turned it into
    a bread loaf?
    Happy Holidays

  34. Yum! Very good rolls, Connie! I made these for Thanksgiving and will be sharing to my Facebook page! I can see why these rolls have all those colorful names ;) I'm also stopping by to let you know that your project will be featured at this week's All my Bloggy Friends. I can't wait to see what you share this week. :)

  35. Perfect for the holidays! Thanks for sharing at Mom's Library.

  36. Yummm, I love rolls...I think my mom makes the best but I will certainly pin and then try these because they certainly look delicious!!!
    Thanks for sharing at Think Tank Thursday. I hope to see you tomorrow night.

  37. So glad that you acquired the recipe and the know how to make them. They look delicious! I can almost smell them baking. When something is that delicious my youngest daughter says it's YUM-O. I think it's because when you take a bite you say yum and then follow it with a sighing of oh! Thanks for sharing with Share Your Cup. I really want to give these a try.

  38. I will pin this & try them soon. They look amazing. Thanks for sharing the tutorial & linking up! Visiting from

  39. Connie,
    These buns looks so tender and delicious. I love homemade bread and will be trying these soon. Thanks so much for linking up to Creative Thursday. Can’t wait to see what you share this week! Have a wonderful rest of the week :)

  40. Yum! I've been looking for a good roll recipe. I've pinned it and can't wait to try it!

  41. Just sprinkled this post at all my favorite places: Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest!

    Thank you for sharing at Freedom Fridays Blog Hop and for being one of my Five Faves!


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