Old World Pull-Apart Buns

Posted: May 23

Time: 2 hours 40 minutes

Yield: 16 servings

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Freshly baked delights from the old world! Old World Pull-Apart Buns are the very definition of buttery, pillowy rolls, the kind you can imagine piled high next to creamy soups or home-grilled steak dinners. Brushed with even more butter (always a good idea), Old World Pull-Apart Buns might just distract you from finishing the main course. Thank goodness they make enough for everyone. Who knew pull-apart rolls could bring people together?


• 3 1/2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour • 2 teaspoons active dry yeast • 3 tablespoons nonfat dry milk • 2 tablespoons sugar • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt • 1/4 cup butter, softened, plus more, melted, for brushing on top • 2/3 cup water, lukewarm • 1/2 cup milk, lukewarm


Step 1

In a large bowl, combine the flour, yeast, dry milk, sugar, salt, softened butter, water, and milk. Stir until you have a soft dough.

Step 2

Knead the dough using your hands, a stand mixer, or a bread machine on the dough cycle, until the dough is soft and smooth.

Step 3

Oil a bowl.

Step 4

Set the dough in the oiled bowl.

Step 5

Cover the bowl with a clean tea towel and let it rise until it's doubled in size, about 1 hour.

Step 6

Gently deflate the dough by knocking it down with your hands.

Step 7

Lightly flour a work surface.

Step 8

Turn the dough out onto the prepared surface.

Step 9

Divide the dough into 16 equal pieces.

Step 10

Round each piece into a smooth ball.

Step 11

Lightly grease two 8-inch or 9-inch cake pans.

Step 12

Arrange 8 buns in each pan.

Step 13

Cover the pans and allow the buns to rise until they're crowded against each other and puffy, about 1 hour.

Step 14

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Step 15

Uncover the buns.

Step 16

Bake until golden brown on top and until the edges of the center bun in each pan spring back lightly when touched, about 20-24 minutes.

Step 17

Transfer the buns from the oven.

Step 18

Brush lightly with the melted butter.

Step 19

Serve warm.

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