Milk Bread Honey Buns

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Milk Bread Honey Buns

Milk Bread Honey Buns are the softest and most delicious dinner rolls that you’ve ever made! A light and fluffy homemade roll that your family is sure to love and is an impressive addition to special occasion meal.

Milk Bread Honey Buns

I’ve had milk bread on my list to bake for quite some time and I’m thrilled to be sharing this recipe with you today in partnership with Red Star Yeast. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Now, more than ever, is the time to make memories in the kitchen with those you love. Red Star Yeast is featuring recipes to make Platinum Moments this year.


Milk Bread Honey Buns

First up is this incredibly delicious Milk Bread Honey Buns recipe from Gesine Prado. It’s the perfect addition to any meal and delicious enough for holiday dinners and celebrations. 

Gesine Prado

To make this even more fun, Gesine is hosting a live event on Red Star Yeast’s Facebook on April 1, 2020 at 8 pm EST. She will answering questions on baking with yeast and showing us how to make an incredible Babka recipe with the milk bread!

Try out the recipe and join us with your questions and ideas! Plus, you will want to join in for a chance to win one of five amazing Platinum Moments boxes featuring Red Star Yeast swag and everything you need to make this amazing recipe!

Milk bread rolls with Platinum Yeast from Red Star

I have been a long time fan of using Platinum ® Yeast from Red Star ®. It never lets me down and baking success has never been this easy. You can count on it and enjoy your made-from-scratch moments.

Since we live and work on the ranch, our family is together pretty much all of the time. We enjoy this lifestyle and being able to share every part of our day with our kids, cooking included!

We really make cooking a family affair. Rather we are grilling or baking yeast rolls, help is always welcome and I am proud to say all three of our sons are good cooks!

I was able to talk Emmet, our fifteen year old, into helping out with the milk bread, it was his first time shaping rolls and he did great. 

Ingredients for Milk Bread Honey Buns

How to Make Milk Bread Honey Buns:

Making a Tangzhong for Milk Bread

For the Tangzhong:

Milk bread starts with a Tangzhong, which is a warm flour, milk and water paste. It is a Japanese method and it makes the bread so incredibly tender, soft and fluffy. 

  • Combine flour with water and milk and whisk together in a saucepan and whisk together. Heat over medium heat, whisking until thickened. 
  • Pour into a mixer bowl and allow to come to room temperature. 

Making milk bread yeast rolls

For the Dough:

  • Combine flour and yeast together in a bowl. 
  • Add milk, milk honey egg and salt to the Tangzhong, stirring to break up the egg. 

Mixing yeast and flour into Tangzhong for milk bread

  • Add flour and yeast mixture and mix on medium-low speed using the dough hook until dough comes together. Add butter a little at a time until incorporated. Dough will be shaggy and sticking to the sides of the bowl.

*Note: I added the butter with the egg and milk -rolls still turned out fine. 

  • Raise speed to medium and continue mixing until dough is smooth, about 10 – 15 minutes.
  • Place dough in a greased bowl, cover and set aside to rise until doubled. 

Risen milk bread dough in a bowl

  • Refrigerate dough for 30 minutes. This will firm up the dough enough to shape.

Dough divided into roll size pieces

  • Cut dough into 15-16 equal pieces. 

Shaping milk bread honey buns - Platinum Moments

  • Shape dough into rolls and place on a parchment lined baking sheet. 

Egg wash for baking milk bread rolls

  • Loosely cover and let rise to double in size. 
  • Brush with egg wash.

Yeast Rolls ready for the oven with egg wash

  • Bake for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown and the internal temperature reaches 190°.

Milk Bread Honey Buns - dinner rolls

Baking with yeast doesn’t have to be intimidating. I’ve learned so much from the Red Star Yeast Baking Lessons. After a few tries, you will become more comfortable with the dough and how it should feel. So don’t hesitate, get in the kitchen and try these Milk Bread Honey Buns!

Head over to Red Star Yeast Platinum Moments to watch the video of Gesine Prado making the milk bread and the fun Easter Honey Bunnies plus a recipe for Babka. 

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Platinum Moments with Red Star Yeast Baking Milk Bread Honey Buns

There’s nothing better than gathering in the kitchen with your family to prepare a meal. Baking with your kids creates memories that last a lifetime. Platinum Yeast from Red Star ensures that your baking efforts are successful. 



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Yield: 15 rolls

Milk Bread Honey Buns

Milk Bread Honey Buns

Milk Bread Honey Buns are the softest and most delicious dinner rolls that you’ve ever made! A light and fluffy homemade roll that your family is sure to love and is an impressive addition to special occasion meal. Recipe created by Gesine Prado for Red Star Yeast.

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Additional Time 2 hours 30 minutes
Total Time 3 hours 15 minutes


For the Tangzhong

  • ½ cup (60 grams) all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup whole milk
  • ½ cup water

For the dough

  • 3 ½ cups plus 3 tablespoons (444 grams) all-purpose flour
  • 1 packet ¼-ounce Platinum Yeast
  • ½ cup lukewarm (105˚F) whole milk
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 3 tablespoons honey OR ⅓ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 4 tablespoons softened butter
  • 1 egg plus 1 tablespoon water, whisked together, for egg wash


  1. For 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 ½ minutes. Transfer the mixture to a stand mixer bowl and allow to cool to room temperature.
  2. For the dough: In a mixing bowl, add the flour and Platinum Yeast. Stir to combine.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Transfer the dough to an oiled bowl and turn the dough over to coat the dough in oil. 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 ½ 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.
  6. Punch down dough and turn out onto a lightly greased counter. Divide dough into 15-16 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.
  7. Preheat oven to 350˚F. 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). 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 dough in refrigerator overnight, remove from refrigerator and continue with shaping directions.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 188Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 47mgSodium: 189mgCarbohydrates: 31gFiber: 1gSugar: 8gProtein: 5g
Nutritional calculations are estimated and may not be accurate.
© Milisa
Cuisine: American / Category: Breads


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