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I've been wanting to bake the last few days and I have always put it off because I was busy building my Pokemon Go empire. LOL! Kidding aside, I decided to make these homemade buns inspired by the Danish birthday buns and the Filipino breakfast buns most commonly known as pan de sal. I did not add cardamom powder so this isn't 100% Danish birthday bun and this isn't 100% Filipino breakfast bun because I did not add finely ground bread crumbs.

These rolls are best eaten warm with coffee or tea and a host of toppings/fillings/spreads. This recipe is really simple as well and if you are scared to bake this is the best recipe to get your feet wet and for once try to break your baking cherry. It's easy but requires quite a bit of waiting time for the dough to rise and double. You will, however, love the outcome just as much as my family did.

INGREDIENTS (makes 24 rolls)

2 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast
1/4 cup warm water (not hot)
1 cup lukewarm milk (I use Arla All-Natural Full Cream 3.5%)
2 tablespoons butter (unsalted)
1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon salt
3 eggs, beaten (medium)
4 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons oatmeal
optional: 1 teaspoon cardamom powder


1. Heat the milk and the butter in a saucepan until it is lukewarm.

2. Dissolve the yeast using the warm water with a little bit of sugar. This is what is commonly called as proofing your yeast or testing if it is alive.

3. Add the rest of the ingredients and knead well (with your hands) until the dough isn't too sticky and has a smooth surface.

4. Put the dough back in a lightly greased bowl and allow it to rise for about an hour in the warmest part of your kitchen. I would suggest covering it with plastic cling wrap or a kitchen towel.

5. Form 24 balls out of the dough.  Arrange the buns on two baking trays. Leave the buns to rise again to about double in size (approximately an hour or until the buns doubles in size).

6. Brush with the beaten egg. (I did not do this)

7. Bake at 200 degrees Celsius in the middle of oven for 15. Crank up the heat to about 275 degrees Celsius and bake again for another 10-15 minutes or until the buns become brown.

8.  Remove from the oven and place the buns on a cooling rack or a bread basket.

And that's how easy it is to make your very own homemade buns. Let me know when you try the recipe. Enjoy!

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