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Homemade Honey Buns

Homemade Honey Buns
Cooking Method
Difficulty Intermediate
Prep Time: 30 min Cook Time: 20 min Rest Time: 90 min Total Time: 2 hrs 20 mins

Pillowy soft and dangerously delicious, these homemade honey buns are just the thing to satiate a sweet tooth. Irresistible when served warm, right out of the oven, follow this recipe for a simple, delicious treat.

Yield: 14 buns

    For the buns
  • 120 ml warm water
  • 60 g sour cream
  • 1 egg
  • 33 g sugar
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • a pinch of salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 340 g bread flour
  • 7 g / 1 packet instant dry yeast
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • For the glaze
  • 60 g powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 2 tablespoons milk
How To Make Homemade Honey Buns Step By Step
  1. Homemade Honey Buns Step 1

    Start by making the dough. Put the water and honey in a mixing bowl and sprinkle the dry yeast over the surface. Stir to combine and set aside, allowing the yeast to dissolve for 5 minutes or until foam forms on top.

  2. Homemade Honey Buns Step 2

    In another bowl, combine the egg, sour cream, sugar, salt, and vanilla extract, then stir in the water, honey, and yeast mixture.

  3. Add half of the flour and mix until combined. Continue adding flour, a few tablespoons at a time, until the dough starts to pull away from the sides of the bowl.

    Homemade Honey Buns Step 3-1

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  4. Transfer the dough to a lightly floured surface and knead for 7 to 10 minutes until your dough has a nice elastic stretch to it. While kneading the dough, try not to add too much extra flour. The goal is to keep the dough soft, and adding additional flour throws off the fat to flour ratio, resulting in a tougher honey bun. Alternatively, use the stand mixer for kneading the dough.

    Homemade Honey Buns Step 4-1

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  5. Transfer the dough to an oiled bowl, cover it with a clean dishtowel or plastic wrap, and set it in a warm place to rise until doubled in size. It should take about one hour.

    Homemade Honey Buns Step 5-1

    Homemade Honey Buns Step 5-2

  6. Punch down the dough, transfer it to a lightly floured surface, and cut it into 14 even parts. To keep the dough from drying out, cover the divided portions with a clean dishtowel or plastic wrap. Working with one piece at a time, roll the dough into snakes, coil them, moisten the “tail,” and press it down on edge to make a coiled bun.

    Homemade Honey Buns Step 6-1

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  7. Homemade Honey Buns Step 7

    Place the rolls on a baking sheet lined with baking paper, cover loosely with a clean dishtowel, and allow it to proof for 30 minutes, or until they have doubled in size.

  8. Bake in a preheated oven at 180℃ (350℉) for 15 to 20 minutes or until lightly browned.

  9. Homemade Honey Buns Step 9

    Start preparing the glaze. Stir the powdered sugar, honey, and milk together in a bowl and mix well until the glaze becomes smooth.

  10. Homemade Honey Buns Step 10

    Once the buns are done, dip the tops into the glaze.

  11. Homemade Honey Buns Step 11

    Place glazed honey buns on baking paper and serve. Enjoy!

  • Ensure the water used is warm but comfortable to touch. If it’s too hot, it will kill the yeast.
  • The flour quantity may vary slightly. My recommendation is to add half of the amount and start kneading the dough, adding the rest just a few tablespoons at a time until your dough has a nice elastic stretch to it.
  • Place the dough to rise in a warm place, such as the oven with just the light on, or in front of a sunny window.
  • When you coil the dough and form the buns, pinch the snake’s “tail” with your fingers wet, as this will seal the dough and prevent it from unrolling.
  • To allow the glaze to melt down a little bit and get into all the layers of your honey buns, make sure you glaze them while they are still warm.