Refreshing Milk and Sugar Buns


These Milk and Sugar Mini Buns are soft and delicate bread bites that are generously sprinkled with milk powder and sugar to make heavenly treats.


  • 1/4 cup warm water 110-115 F
  • 2 and 1/4 tsp active dry yeast
  • 3/4 cup warm milk
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter softened
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3 and 1/4 to 3 and 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 large egg for the egg wash

For the Milk-Sugar Mixture

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup milk powder


  1. Dissolve yeast in warm water in a small bowl. Let this stand for about 5 minutes or until foamy.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine milk, butter, egg, sugar and salt. Stir well. Stir in the yeast mixture. Add 3 cups of flour and incorporate it into the mixture. Gradually add little by little of the remaining flour just until the dough gathers together into a ball as you stir. You may not need all of the remaining flour.
  3. Turn the dough over on a floured board and knead for about 6-10 minutes, or until the dough is smooth, elastic and can stretch thinly. Place it inside a bowl, cover it with plastic wrap and let it rise for 1 to 1 and 1/2 hours until the size is doubled.
  4. After rising, gently deflate the dough and use a sharp knife to divide it into 9 portions. Shape each portion into a smooth ball and arrange them on a greased baking pan, close together. Cover the pan loosely with plastic wrap and let the buns rise for 1 hour.
  5. Preheat oven to 350 F. Combine the milk powder and sugar in a bowl and stir well. Beat one egg and brush it on the surface of the buns. Sprinkle 1/2 of the milk-sugar mixture all over the risen buns.
  6. Bake at 350 F for 17-20 minutes or until the buns are golden.
  7. Allow the buns to cool slightly and sprinkle the remaining milk-sugar mixture over the buns.

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