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Soft and sweet honey butter buns: a delicious treat for any occasion

Soft and sweet honey butter buns: a delicious treat for any occasion

These honey butter buns are the epitome of homemade comfort food. Made with a light and fluffy yeast dough that incorporates whole milk, honey and a touch of butter, these rolls are baked to perfection, then brushed with a rich whipped honey butter. The result is a lightly sweet bun with a soft texture, perfect for any meal where you want to impress your guests.

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Why you'll love it: The combination of sweet honey and rich butter makes these rolls irresistible. They are soft on the inside with a beautifully golden crust on the outside, enhanced by the luxurious honey butter topping which adds an extra layer of flavor. These rolls are not only delicious but also versatile, pairing wonderfully with everything from holiday dinners to a simple weeknight meal.

Perfect occasion: Perfect for special occasions like Thanksgiving, Christmas, or Easter, these dinner rolls will make any dinner more festive. They're also perfect for Sunday meals with family or as a comforting addition to any potluck. Serve them hot for a cozy addition to any table.

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Decorating Tips: These rolls are beautifully browned on their own, but for an extra touch of elegance, you can garnish the serving basket with a linen napkin or a few sprigs of herbs like rosemary or thyme. If you're serving at a special event, consider a small dish of extra whipped honey butter alongside a dipper of honey for a charming presentation.

Ingredients:

  • For the rolls:
    • 1 cup warm whole milk (110 to 115 degrees F)
    • 1 teaspoon of granulated sugar
    • 2 ¼ teaspoons (one 0.25 ounce package) active dry yeast
    • 2 large eggs, at room temperature
    • ¼ cup unsalted butter, melted and cooled
    • ⅓ cup honey
    • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
    • 3 ½ to 4 cups bread flour, spread with a spoon and level
    • Olive or vegetable oil to grease the bowl
    • Melted butter for brushing
  • For the whipped honey butter:
    • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
    • ½ cup honey
  1. Activate the yeast:
    • Pour the warm milk into the bowl of a stand mixer. Stir in sugar and yeast and let sit until foamy, about 10 minutes.
  2. Prepare the dough:
    • Add eggs, melted butter, honey and salt to yeast mixture. Using a dough hook, mix to combine.
    • Gradually add the flour, starting with 3 cups and adding more as needed, until the dough pulls away from the sides of the bowl.
    • Knead on a floured surface until smooth and elastic, then place in an oiled bowl, cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled in volume, about 1 to 2 hours.
  3. Form and second rise:
    • Roll out the risen dough and divide it into 12 pieces. Shape each piece into a ball and place in a greased 9×13-inch baking dish.
    • Cover and let rise until fluffy, about 1 hour.
  4. Bake the buns:
    • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
    • Brush the tops of the rolls with melted butter and bake for 15 to 20 minutes, or until golden brown.
  5. Make whipped honey butter:
    • While the buns bake, whisk the softened butter and honey until fluffy.
  6. Serve:
    • Brush the warm buns with a little whipped honey butter and serve with additional butter on the side.

Enjoy these delicious honey butter buns, perfect for making any meal a little sweeter and a lot more special!

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