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How to Make Soft and Fluffy Sweet Buns


Lady Rain works as a daytime stock trader and writes about crafts and hobbies. She likes travelling and making papercraft models.

Reward yourself with these freshly baked buns that are so easy to make and bake.

Reward yourself with these freshly baked buns that are so easy to make and bake.

Bread can be a wonderful starter to a meal or a tantalising afternoon snack. There's nothing better than the aroma of freshly baked bread, and these buns are so appetising that you will be tempted to eat more than just one. They can be served with navel orange marmalade, Nutella or 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. Half of the recipe can be used to make plain sweet buns, while a coconut topping can be added to the other half.

Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

1 hour 30 min

15 min

1 hour 45 min

12 buns


  • 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
  • fine dessicated coconut, for topping
  • additional 25g plain flour, to be cooked first with 125ml water


  1. Cook 25g of plain flour in 125ml water until the mixture thickens. Set this cooked flour mixture aside to cool while you prepare the other ingredients.
  2. To prepare the dough, sift the flour, milk powder, caster sugar and salt into a bowl.
  3. Add in dry yeast and mix well. Make a well in the flour mixture. Add in the beaten egg, cooked flour mixture, butter and mix well.
  4. Gradually add in water and mix to form a soft dough. If you have a KitchenAid flour mixer, transfer dough to the mixer and mix for 5 minutes on low speed until the dough becomes smooth and elastic.
  5. Otherwise, transfer dough onto a floured surface and knead for 20 minutes until the dough becomes smooth and elastic.
  6. 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. The dough must double in size; otherwise, the buns will not be fluffy and soft!
  7. When the dough has doubled in size, punch it down with your fist. Transfer the dough to a lightly floured surface and knead for another 10 minutes.
  8. Then divide the dough into 12 equal portions and roll each portion into a ball.
  9. Place the dough portions on a baking tray. Leave the tray in a warm place until the dough portions have doubled in size.
  10. Preheat the oven to 180°C. Brush the top of each bun with lightly beaten egg.
  11. Optional step: If you'd like to make sweet buns with coconut topping, sprinkle desiccated coconut on top of the buns.
  12. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes until the top of the bread buns is golden brown. Remove the tray from the oven and allow it to cool slightly.
  13. Enjoy while still warm with lemon jam, orange marmalade, Nutella or Vegemite. They're delicious plain, as well!
Coconut-topped dough after it has doubled in size.

Coconut-topped dough after it has doubled in size.

In the above photo, I made nine buns with coconut topping and left the rest plain.

Questions & Answers

Question: Can sweet bread buns be fried?

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

Question: Can you use fresh milk with this sweet bun recipe. Of so, how much?

Answer: You can substitute 150g of water with 150g of warm fresh milk, and add in extra 3 tablespoons of plain flour instead of the milk powder.

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

Answer: The coconut gives the bread buns extra flavor.

Question: Can we use sugar instead of desiccated coconut?

Answer: You can use any topping of your choice: course sugar, poppy seeds, sesame seeds, etc.

© 2011 lady rain


puni on August 26, 2017:

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

JANET on July 30, 2017:

I enjoy the bread buns having used your recipe

Mrs Amara on June 25, 2017:

This method is cute

lady rain (author) from Australia on July 10, 2014:

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.

Lizah on July 10, 2014:

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

lady rain (author) from Australia on May 06, 2013:

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.

peachy from Home Sweet Home on May 06, 2013:

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

lady rain (author) from Australia on January 01, 2013:

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

rigby on December 30, 2012:

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

lady rain (author) from Australia on December 27, 2012:

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

lady rain (author) from Australia on December 27, 2012:

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.

Sarah from USA on December 27, 2012:

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

FullOfLoveSites from United States on December 27, 2012:

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

Dr Cil on April 05, 2012:

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

louromano on March 25, 2012:

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

lady rain (author) from Australia on February 02, 2012:

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.

Kelly Kline Burnett from Madison, Wisconsin on February 02, 2012:

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

lady rain (author) from Australia on September 28, 2011:

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

lady rain (author) from Australia on September 28, 2011:

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

Rose Clearfield from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on September 28, 2011:

These look awesome! I love easy bread recipes.

lady rain (author) from Australia on September 28, 2011:

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

lady rain (author) from Australia on September 28, 2011:

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

mytrinity from Amsterdam on September 28, 2011:

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

Maddie Ruud from Oakland, CA on September 28, 2011:

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!

Reynold Jay from Saginaw, Michigan on September 28, 2011:

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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