How to Make Sweet Bread Buns: Recipes for Soft & Fluffy Buns

Updated on April 5, 2017
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Lady Rain works as a daytime stock trader and writes about crafts and hobbies. She likes travelling and making papercraft models.

We all eat bread. Bread is a wonderful starter to any meal. We can have bread for supper or for snack. There is nothing more tantalising than the aroma of freshly baked bread when you are hungry for an afternoon snack. These sweet bread buns are so appetising that you will eat at least a couple of them in one sitting. The soft and fluffy sweet bread buns taste so delicious they can be eaten on their own. They can be served with navel orange marmalade, nutella and even vegemite. With the aroma still lingering in the kitchen, it is so rewarding to sit down with a good magazine, sip a cup of coffee and devour these freshly baked buns.

There are two variations of sweet buns with this recipe. One half of the recipe can be used to make plain sweet buns while coconut toppings can be added to the other half. With this sweet bun recipe you will end up with two different types of awesome sweet bread buns to enjoy with your favourite tea or coffee.

sweet bread buns, some with dessicated coconut toppings
sweet bread buns, some with dessicated coconut toppings | Source

Cook Time

Prep time: 1 hour 30 min
Cook time: 15 min
Ready in: 1 hour 45 min
Yields: A tray of sweet buns

Here's the recipe on how to make sweet bread buns.

Sweet Bread Buns Recipe


  • 480g plain flour
  • 4 tablespoons caster sugar
  • 3 tablespoons milk powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons dry yeast
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 150ml lukewarm water
  • 40g butter chopped
  • 1/2 cup dessicated coconut

Instructions for making the dough

  1. To prepare the dough, sift the flour, milk powder, caster sugar and salt into a bowl.
  2. Add in dry yeast and mix well. Make a well in the flour mixture. Add in the beaten egg, butter and mix well.
  3. Gradually add in water and mix to form a soft dough.
  4. Transfer dough onto a floured surface and knead for 20 minutes until the dough becomes smooth and elastic.
  5. Roll the dough into a big ball and put it in a greased bowl. Cover the bowl with cling wrap and leave it in a warm place. Let the dough rise until it doubles in size. This should take at least one hour on cooler days.
  6. When the dough is double in size, punch the dough down with your fist. Transfer the dough to a lightly floured surface and knead for another ten minutes.
  7. Then divide the dough into 16 equal portions and roll each portion into a ball.


Buns With Coconut Toppings

In the above picture, I have made nine buns with coconut toppings and leave the rest as plain buns. To make some of the sweet buns with coconut toppings, brush the top of the dough with water and dip the moist surface of the dough into the dessicated coconut.

Place the dough portions on a baking tray. Leave the tray in a warm place until the dough portions are double in size.

doughs double in size
doughs double in size | Source

Preheat the oven to 180°C. Brush the plain doughs with lightly beaten egg before putting them in the oven. The doughs with toppings do not need to be brushed with egg.

Bake for 12 to 15 minutes until the top of the bread buns is golden brown. Remove buns from the oven and let them cool slightly.

Enjoy with homemade lemon jam while the buns are still warm.

Making the soft and fluffy buns

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ingredients for sweet bread bunsput dough in a greased bowl to risedough is doubled in sizedivide dough into small portionsdough is ready for the ovensweet bread buns are ready to be serveda soft and fluffy sweet bread bun
ingredients for sweet bread buns
ingredients for sweet bread buns | Source
put dough in a greased bowl to rise
put dough in a greased bowl to rise | Source
dough is doubled in size
dough is doubled in size | Source
divide dough into small portions
divide dough into small portions | Source
dough is ready for the oven
dough is ready for the oven | Source
sweet bread buns are ready to be served
sweet bread buns are ready to be served | Source
a soft and fluffy sweet bread bun
a soft and fluffy sweet bread bun | Source
sweet bread bun with coconut topping
sweet bread bun with coconut topping | Source

Please rate this recipe

3.2 stars from 40 ratings of Soft and Fluffy Sweet Bread Buns

Questions & Answers

  • What does putting coconut into the sweet bread bun recipe do?

    The coconut gives the bread buns extra flavor.

  • Can sweet bread buns be fried?

    I suppose you can try. The buns might turn out like fluffy donuts.

© 2011 lady rain


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    2 years ago

    At step 6.- you mention knead for 10 mins. Do I need to allow the dough to rest after the kneading? Or can I get in with the back Ng straight away? is the kneading time the same should use a dough hook? Pls advise n thank you

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    2 years ago

    I enjoy the bread buns having used your recipe

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    Mrs Amara 

    2 years ago

    This method is cute

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    lady rain 

    5 years ago from Australia

    Lizah, allow more time in kneading and proofing the dough. The dough has to double in size and the top brushed with egg before baking, otherwise the buns will not be fluffy and soft.

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    5 years ago

    Hi, may i know why my buns did not turn out fluffy and have no soft brown top?

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    lady rain 

    6 years ago from Australia

    peachpurple, I'm glad you like the photos, I hope you get to try out this sweet bun recipe soon. Thank you for your kind comment.

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    6 years ago from Home Sweet Home

    thanks for the recipe. Great photos. Congrats that yr hub had been nominated

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    lady rain 

    6 years ago from Australia

    rigby, you can use milk and decrease the amount of water proportionally. The buns will have less creamy taste without the milk powder, though.

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    6 years ago

    is there any substitute for milk powder? :-) only have the bare basics in my kitchen right now! looks rly great

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    lady rain 

    6 years ago from Australia

    sarahshuihan, I hope you'll find some time to make the fluffy bread buns. Thank you for stopping by.

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    lady rain 

    6 years ago from Australia

    FullOfLoveSites, the bread buns should turn out great if you use the required amount of ingredients mentioned and follow the steps in the right order. Thank you for leaving a comment.

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    6 years ago from USA

    yum! Looks delicious, I shall have to try this recipe out when I have some more time!

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    6 years ago from United States

    I love simple breads like those... I will give it a try and hope they'd go right. Voted up. :)

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    Dr Cil 

    7 years ago

    Great recipe, I love making bread, I'll give it a try.

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    7 years ago

    I can't , It's looking so testy.

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    lady rain 

    7 years ago from Australia

    GmaGoldie, dessicated coconut is flakes of coconut that have been dried and packaged. Dessicated coconut can be bought from supermarkets and is often used when fresh coconut is not available.

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    Kelly Kline Burnett 

    7 years ago from Madison, Wisconsin

    Never heard of dessicated coconut. I like coconut and my husband loves soft bread.

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    lady rain 

    8 years ago from Australia

    randomcreative, thanks. You should try that out soon. Cheers.

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    lady rain 

    8 years ago from Australia

    mytrinity, I am glad you tried out the recipe and get to enjoy the lovely sweet buns. Cheers.

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    Rose Clearfield 

    8 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

    These look awesome! I love easy bread recipes.

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    lady rain 

    8 years ago from Australia

    Maddie, you really have to try these sweet buns, they are delicious. Thank you for stopping by. Cheers.

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    lady rain 

    8 years ago from Australia

    RJ, thank you for stopping by and leaving your comment. You should try out this recipe. Thanks for your vote. Cheers.

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    8 years ago from Amsterdam

    I just tried that out! Delicious! a great hub, great recepie and even greater taste

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    Maddie Ruud 

    8 years ago from Oakland, CA

    Oooh, I love sweet bread buns, and these look so tantalizing in your photos! You can bet big bucks I'll be trying these very soon!

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    Reynold Jay 

    8 years ago from Saginaw, Michigan

    This HUB made me hungry and I had click on one of the ads too! I found I enjoyed this very much. You have this laid out beautifully and it is easy to understand. Keep up the great HUBS. I must give this an “Up ONE and awesome.” I'm always your fan! RJ

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