Dinner Rolls (Gram's Buns)

Fluffy and light. Perfect for eating with dinner or making sandwiches.

8 rolls

Time: 2 hrs 40 mins

Ethan ChlebowskiBy Ethan Chlebowski

There is nothing quite like one of my grandma's bread rolls fresh out of the oven, or as we call them, Gram's Buns. This is one of the recipes that first got me into cooking when I was fairly young, so it definitely holds a special place for me.

Ethan Chlebowski

Ethan Chlebowski



  • Dough

    • all-purpose flour
      300 g
    • milk
      , warmed
      160 g
    • butter
      , softened
      56 g1/2 stick
    • sugar
      50 g
    • instant yeast
      6 g
    • salt
      6 g
    • eggs
      , beaten
  • Toppings

    • butter
    • flaky salt
    • rosemary
      , finely chopped


Step 1: Activate the yeast & mix dry ingredients

Warm the milk in the microwave until lukewarm (100°F/38°C). Add the yeast and stir until dissolved. Let stand for 5-10 minutes until light foam surfaces and little bubbles are visible.

  • Note: Proofing is done to test the viability of the yeast. If there is no foam surface or little bubbles the yeast is likely dead and should be discarded.

Meanwhile, mix the flour, salt, and sugar in a large bowl.

Step 2: Mix the dough & incorporate the butter

Pour the yeast and milk mixture into the dry ingredients along with the beaten egg. Mix the dough with your hands until a shaggy dough forms. It will be very sticky.

Add in the softened butter and the butter into the dough until it’s completely incorporated, about 5 minutes.

  • If you have a stand mixer, feel free to use it during this step.

Step 3: Shape the dough & proof

Once incorporated, sprinkle some flour on the work surface and turn the dough out. Flatten the dough a bit and fold it into itself. Flip the dough over and shape it into a ball by tightening and pulling against the work surface.

The dough should feel light, soft, and smooth. Place back in the bowl and cover. Let rise until doubled in size, about 60 to 90 minutes.

Step 4: Shape the rolls & proof again

Once the dough has risen and doubled in size take it out and divide it into 8, ~70 gram pieces.

Form them into a ball by tightening and pulling on them on the work surface (see video for additional shaping options).

Place on a greased baking sheet and cover. Let rise until doubled in size, another 60 to 90 minutes.

Step 5: Bake & finish

Preheat the oven to 400°F/204°C. Place the buns in the oven and for about 10 minutes.

They should be golden brown on top and lightly browned on the bottom. Optionally, check the internal temp, which should be at least 203°F/95°C.

Once your buns are golden brown and fluffy, take them out and lightly brush them with melted butter over top. Optionally garnish with flakey salt or chopped rosemary.

These are best enjoyed warm.



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