Growing up, one of my fondest memories is of my mom making homemade soup and the smell of fresh buns out of the oven on a lazy Sunday afternoon. To this day, this is still my favorite lunch my mom prepares. The comforting and cozy feeling after eating fresh warm fluffy buns out of the oven and a big pot of homemade vegetable soup lingers throughout the rest of a peaceful day.
My mom’s particular bun recipe continues to be requested at family gatherings and we just recently enjoyed them for Christmas dinner. So after consulting my mom (my son’s baba Nona), she has given me the go-ahead to share her recipe so you all can enjoy them too!
Note: my mom has always made these buns by hand, which does require some physical stamina as each cup of flour should be thoroughly kneeded in for about 3-5 minutes. This kneeding and mixing is essential to create the most fluffy buns. Alternatively, using a Kitchenaid mixer helps wonders in taking the physical work out of preparing these buns, just be sure to still kneed in each cup of flour for about 3-5 minutes with the dough attachment.
Another note: my mom usually makes these buns with all white flour but I substitute 2 cups of white for 2 cups of whole wheat without compromising any flavor or fluffiness.
Baba Nona’s Homemade 2 Hour Buns:
1 tbsp yeast
1 cup lukewarm water
1 tsp sugar
1 cup boiling water
3 tbsp oil
3 tbsp sugar
1 1/2 tsp salt
5 cups flour
1 egg, beaten
1. Dissolve 1 tbsp yeast and 1 tsp sugar in 1 cup of lukewarm water, set aside.
2. Mix boiling water, oil, sugar and salt in large bowl. When slightly cooled, add in beaten egg and the yeast mixture. Mix well.
3. Add in 2 cups of flour to mixture, beating well for 3-5 minutes. Continue to add in flour, one cup at a time, kneeding in each cup for 3-5 minutes. Form into a ball in middle of the bowl.
4. Lightly oil dough ball and bowl, let dough rise for 20 minutes. Punch down and let dough rise for another 20 minutes.
5. Form into buns by rolling out dough into a long snake on lightly floured surface. Divide into quarters. Divide each quarter into quarters (should end up with 15-16 buns). Shape each piece into round buns and add to buttered (greased) baking pan(s) (should have at least 2-3 inch sides). Slide pan(s) into plastic bags and let rise for 1 Hour.
6. Bake at 375• for 20 minutes.