Sesame Crusted Milk & Honey Buns

  • Yield : 12
  • Prep Time : 30m
  • Cook Time : 30m
  • Ready In : 4:20 h

These buns are so tasty!

Soft but dense, and mildly sweet they have become a favorite for us.


  • If using full fat milk, you can save on milk by using 1 cup milk, 1/2 cup water.
  • Out of honey? I’ve made these using a brown sugar simple syrup and they turned out wonderfully!

If you need a little guidance shaping buns (or other round loaves), this video by Peter Reinhart may be helpful for you. Peter Reinhart is a master baker, and author of The Bread Baker’s Apprentice: Mastering the Art of Extraordinary Breadbread bakers apprentice.


  • 1 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 7 tbsp. butter or margarine, melted
  • 2 eggs (one is for egg wash)
  • 5 - 5 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 1/8 tsp. active dry yeast
  • 2 tsp. salt
  • 2 tbsps. sesame seeds


Step 1

Melt butter. Whisk together with milk and honey. Set aside.

Step 2

Combine dry ingredients using 5 cups flour.

Step 3

Add liquids to dry ingredients and mix to combine.

Step 4

Lightly (lightly!) sprinkle top of dough with flour and cover with plastic wrap loosely. Autolyse 30 minutes.

Step 5

Fold a couple times, shape into ball and place in oiled bowl. Turn once to coat. Cover with plastic and let double (1 - 1 1/2 hours).

Step 6

Grease a 13" x 9" baking dish.

Step 7

On floured surface, stretch dough into 15" log. Cut into 12 equal portions.

Step 8

Shape one at a time keeping remaining dough covered in plastic to trap moisture.

Step 9

Shape into balls and place evenly in baking dish so rolls touch slightly. Mist or brush lightly with oil. Cover with plastic wrap and let double (45 - 75 minutes).

Step 10

Preheat oven to 350F.

Step 11

Beat egg with 1 tbsp. water. Brush tops of buns and sprinkle tops with 1/2 tsp. sesame seeds each.

Step 12

Using a sharp wet knife, razor blade or lame, slash an X shape on tops.

Step 13

Spray with water or use your own method for creating a steamed oven.

Step 14

Bake 25 - 30 minutes turning pan when half way done. Cool on wire rack. Enjoy!

Comments (20)

  1. posted by krysprincess on February 22, 2015

    the bread looks delilcious

    • posted by admin on February 24, 2015

      Thank you, it was!

  2. posted by Sue King on February 26, 2015

    Looks so good. I might have to buy ingredients so we can try it this weekend. Thank you !!

    • posted by admin on February 26, 2015

      You’ll love these! Let me know if you try them:)

  3. posted by anita on March 31, 2015

    This recipe looks simple enough and the pictures look delicious! Definitely will try making it for the family!

  4. posted by Starla B on June 23, 2015

    These look delicious! I have never tried anything like this but you can’t go wrong with buns in general!

    • posted by YogurtHydro on June 23, 2015

      Thanks Starla, let me know if you try them!

  5. posted by Sean on June 24, 2015

    This bread looks delicious! The recipe seems simple enough that I can try it out this coming weekend.

    • posted by YogurtHydro on June 27, 2015

      Thanks Sean, you’ll love it – they are a real treat.

  6. posted by Ashley Perez on June 25, 2015

    Looks so good!

  7. posted by Alina Conn on June 26, 2015

    I tried this recipe two days ago and it was gone in seconds. The children loved it.

    • posted by YogurtHydro on June 27, 2015

      Awesome, thanks for letting me know! I’m so glad you all enjoyed them!

  8. posted by Mai Tran on June 27, 2015

    Love this bun. Mine turned out bit ugly but the taste was still great. Thanks for sharing.

    • posted by YogurtHydro on June 27, 2015

      I’m glad you enjoyed them Mai. If they didn’t look too nice, it could be a shaping issue. When shaping buns, it is best to gently pull the dough around itself and sort of pinch things together on the bottom – the goal being to get the right amount of tension on the dough. If the dough is slack, you won’t get the best results. I added a video to the recipe above that should help you next time!

  9. posted by Linda Manns Linneman on July 6, 2015

    This sounds so good. I have never had this before. This will be a hit with my family. Thank you so much for sharing

  10. posted by E Kay on August 4, 2015

    Looks so good!

  11. posted by johnhutchens1 on August 12, 2015

    The bread sounds delicious. I love using honey in recipes. I will be trying these buns soon. Thanks for the recipe

    • posted by YogurtHydro on August 18, 2015

      I hope you’ll enjoy it, it is delicious.:)


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