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Dinner Milk Rolls Buns

Soft Milk Bread Rolls Recipe

These milk buns will become your favorite rolls to make for yourself and your family. They are ultra soft, addictive, buttery, and can be made in the air fryer or in the oven. These milk bread buns require only a few ingredients and they taste so good.
Course Sides
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 18 minutes
Proof/Rise Time 1 hour 45 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 13 minutes
Servings 12 People
Calories 209kcal


  • 5 Cups All-Purpose Flour Sifted
  • 2 Large Eggs Lightly beaten
  • 2 Tbsp. Butter Room Temperature; Plus more to sprinkle
  • 2 Tbsp. Sugar Plus 1 Tsp.
  • 1 ½ Tsp. Kosher Salt
  • 2 ¼ Tsp. Instant Yeast Or 1 Packet
  • 1 ¼ Cup Lukewarm Milk
  • 1 Tbsp. Milk To mix with the egg Yolk
  • 1 Egg Yolk To mix with the 1 tbsp. Milk


  • Warm the milk in the microwave. The temperature should read no more than 110 degrees. Set aside. Then beat the two eggs in a separate bowl. Set aside.
    Using a sieve or flour sifter, sift 5 cups of flour into a large standing mixing bowl.
    Add the sugar, salt, and yeast. Stir in the baking machine. While the machine is running, slowly add the milk. Once the milk is added, then add the beaten eggs. Use a baking spatula to help scrape the side of the bowl so that all of the flour is incorporated.
    While mixing, add the butter and set the timer to 12 minutes and increase the speed to do 2. Knead in the machine until the timer goes off.
    Lightly sprinkle flour to a clean surface aea and place the dough on the floured surface. Shape the dough into a ball using the fold under method. See pictures in the post.
    Place the dough in a large clean bowl, preferably lightly oiled to avoid sticking. Cover the bowl with a clean kitchen towel and let rise for 1 hour in a warm location, or until the dough has doubled in size.
    Flour a clean surface, punch a whole in the middle of the dough, and transfer the dough to the floured surface. See pictures for guidance.
    Lightly press down onto the dough to the dough and shape it into a 12" square diameter.
    different ways to milk bun rolls dough
  • Line a baking dish with parchment paper, pull out a small amount of dough, shape it into a ball and roll it on a circular motion on a flour surface in a circular motion. Place the dough on the lined baking dish (or in a dish that's suitable to fit into an air fryer) about ½ inch apart. My dough was 1.25 ounces in weight.
    Repeat the steps until you have used all of the dough. Cover the dough with a clean towel. let rise in a warm place for 45 minutes. after the dough has risen, preheat the oven to 325 degrees. In a separate bowl, whisk together the 1 tbsp. milk and egg yolk.
    Uncover the dough, lightly brush the dop of the douh with the egg mixture. Be sure not to press down while adding the mixture as it will flatten the dough and it will cause it to not rise when baking.
    Bake the bread for 18 minutes in the oven on 325°
    Base with melted butter and enjoy.
    bread dough on white bowl, then based with egg wash and cooked

Air Fryer Instructions

  • If baking the bread in the air fryer, be sure to preheat the air fryer first.
    Bake the bread on 300° for 15 minutes.
    Brush with melted butter and enjoy.
    Milk bread rolls on a wooden cutting board



  • Be mindful of the air fryer size. You may have to bake the bread in batches as they will not fit in the air fryer. 
  • Be sure to not press down on the dough while adding the egg mixture to avoid flattening the dough. This will cause the dough to not rise. 
  • Although the fold under method is not necessary, it does help with consistency. Also assures that the dough is rolled in a perfect circle. 
  • I recommend using a scale, ruler, dough cutter to help maintain even size rolls. 


Serving: 12People | Calories: 209kcal | Carbohydrates: 42g | Protein: 7g | Cholesterol: 3mg | Sodium: 224mg | Potassium: 67mg | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 13IU | Vitamin C: 26mg | Calcium: 6mg | Iron: 14mg