Moomie’s Buns and Cookbook Review

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A group of my foodie friends have been making and praising these Moomie’s buns for years. It took a lovely gift of yeast from the folks at Red Star Yeast to push me into baking these. I was hoping to try their Platinum yeast, but this recipe called for instant…and I had a nice stash of Red Star Quick Rise Yeast which worked perfectly. I was also the winner of a Red Star Yeast giveaway featured on Shulie’s delectable blog, Food Wanderings. I will be baking LOTS of yummy breads. I tracked down the origin of this recipe to Ellen who shared it on the KAF online community…to rave reviews. I noticed she also had a cinnamon bun recipe…those will be up next!

Frequently used as hamburger buns, I decided to make dinner rolls from this recipe. It was Nick’s last night home from his college spring break, and oldest son, Tom, would join us for dinner, too. I used a technique for making rosettes I saw on this Youtube video. Basically, you roll out a snake of dough, at least a foot in length. Tie a knot, then tuck the tail that is coming from the bottom up into the middle of the knot, then tuck the other tail (coming from the top of the knot) under the knot and press into the middle. Gently cradle the bun and pat to round out. Watch the video…it will make the procedure SO much clearer.

The menfolk of the family were dying to dig into these babies…and there were lots of compliments at dinner. I sent some home with both Nick and Tom…I should have made a double batch! Best.Rolls.Ever….and SO quick to make with the instant yeast. The dough is a bit sticky, but don’t give into temptation and add more flour…the recipe produces such a tender, delicious bread as is.

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Moomie’s Buns

Ingredients

  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons butter, at room temperature
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 3-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon instant yeast (I prefer Red Star Platinum Yeast)

Instructions

  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer, whisk together flour, sugar, salt and yeast.
  2. Heat water to about 110º and add to four mixture. Mix with paddle till moistened, then add egg and butter. Mix just till incorporated, then switch to dough hook. Knead in mixer for about 5 minutes. Turn out into a greased bowl, turn upside down to grease all sides of the dough. Cover with plastic and let rise till almost doubled, about an hour.
  3. Deflate dough. Divide dough into 8 pieces and shape as desired on lightly floured surface. Put rolls onto parchment lined cookie sheets, cover and let rise 30-40 minutes. Preheat oven to 375º.
  4. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes until golden. Cool on wire racks.
  5. Yield: 8 buns
  6. Total time: 3 hours
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My lovely friend, Suzanne, has just published a new e-cookbook, Afternoon Tea. Her recipes are grain, gluten, nut and refined sugar-free. I’ve been following Suzanne’s journey to health as she’s learned to deal with fructose malabsorptsion. But these recipes are perfect for afternoon tea whether or not you have any food intolerances…check out Strands of my Life to see the wonderful types of treats that you’ll find in this e-book. There are 107 pages, 50 recipes, and two photos per recipe. And, lucky you, this cookbook is discounted 60% during the first two months of April (through April 16)…just $10! So whether you’re on a Paleo, dairy free, gluten free or have no dietary restrictions, you’ll want to check out Afternoon Tea. Congratulations on your book launch, Suzanne!!! xo

Comments

  1. I bet the “men folk” adored these buns. You were right, the video is great and helps clarify how to make these pretty braids. Time to get that grill fired up as these would make awesome burger buns. Have a super week and take care, BAM

  2. Liz, these buns must be some of the prettiest and most delicious one I have seen in a long time – I cannot believe how cute they look, just perfect for teatime or dinner. I will have to look at the video you mentioned and learn a new technique. Thanks for posting the recipe.
    Have a good Wednesday!

  3. They are perfectly made little buns Liz! Perfect for breakfast or to accompany a lunch or dinner!

  4. Happier Than A Pig in Mud says:

    Your rolls turned out beautiful! I’ve bookmarked the recipe to try for a future Sunday dinner-thanks:@)

  5. Moomie Buns sounds so comfy and homey. Looking at the photos I see they are a bit more upscale à la Liz Berg and look like pretty flowers. The way you describe the making doesn’t make it seem so daunting.
    So, thank you!

    Congratulations to Suzanne, too, for a very lovely looking Afternoon Tea cookbook =) Love that the recipes are for gluten free, vegan types (who abound in SoCal.)

  6. As a bread baking fanatic, this type of recipe literally make me want to go and me them right now. The knot looks so pretty Liz! Similar to the kaiser roll I think. Anyway, this go into my file to make as soon as possible!

  7. These buns just looks perfect and welldone ! and I will recomend this book to my gluten free and vegan friends sound amazing for them Congrats to your friend Suzanne :)

  8. I’ve been wanting to make a good dinner roll, but have not had success yet. Maybe these rolls will be the answer. They are so beautiful!

  9. Lizzy, these buns are superb, perfect, and totally delicious. They look like they were brought home from a fancy bake shop…but that fancy bake shop is none other than; Lizzy’s Bake Shop!
    You seem to weave your magical wand each day and produce more and more delectable things that I’ve ever seen! So sorry for not being consistent in visiting and commenting these days, but I truly admire your work! xoxo

  10. These are gorgeous!

  11. Where did the name of those buns come from? It is what I called my Finnish grandmother. They look so very good too!

  12. I really love the look of your buns :) . No, but really, these made my mouth water.

  13. Those buns look soooo nice! I honestly could quit my job to just stay at home and do yeast baking….I will have to try this technique. Love it!

  14. I was wondering how you achieved that beautiful shape so I popped over to watch the video – very simple and I’m trying this the next time I make rolls. These sound delicious too – the proportions and ingredients look very similar to a “Southern Hotel Roll” recipe I use all the time, but I’m intrigued by how fast you can get them done from start to finish… Very cool and love it!

  15. these are stunningly gorgeous Liz!

  16. Dear Lizzy,

    These look like perfection. You are wonderful.
    Thank you dear Lizzy for your visits and your kind comments of encouragement. You cannot imagine how much it means to me to be thought of and cared about. Thank you for your friendship.
    Blessings dearest. Catherine xoxo

  17. Beautifully shaped buns, but where does moomie come from lol?

  18. What beautiful looking buns. I would love some thin sliced Black Forest Ham, Swiss cheese and lot of veggies on it. It would be a perfect lunch sandwich! Can you tell I’m hungry??

  19. Wow, these look awesome. Beautiful buns!

  20. Any excuse to make bread, right? Those are beautiful rolls! I’d eat half of them…then sleep on the rest.

  21. So beautiful. I’m in awe of your dough rolling abilities!

  22. I wish I could have been in the house while those were baking…I love the aroma of baking bread. They look absolutely perfect, Liz. No wonder the guys were begging for more and took away. Definitely make more next time. :)

  23. I’ve been making Moomie Buns for years. We love them. I do mine in a bread machine. LOL

  24. Liz those Moomie buns look fantastic! There is a bun here that is quite similar and would love to try this recipe to see if they are the same. Thanks for sharing!

    I have a copy of Suzanne’s book and think it’s lovely:)

  25. These look incredibly golden and delicious, I’d love to have one for my lunch!

  26. Your image is just perfect, as is your bun, you are just so clever, I can’t imagine how amazing your kitchen smelled while these were baking )

  27. omg they’re beautious!!! I love em!

  28. Beautiful Kaiser rolls, Liz! Everything that you make is perfection.
    And congrats on winning a giveaway!

  29. MMMMM….warm homemade bread with butter. No wonder they were dying to try these!

  30. What perfect buns :D

    Cheers
    CCU

  31. These rolls look stunning, Liz. I’m going to try them on burger buns this coming weekend! Not much summer left around here. :)

  32. I love buns dear Lizzy!!! and these look perfect and yumm!

  33. I love how you plaited them, Lizzy. How pretty!

  34. Isn’t it nice to have a big stash of yeast? We always buy in bulk, and store in the freezer (it lasts years that way). Great looking buns! Love the shape of these. Thanks so much.

  35. Thanks so much for mentioning my book, Liz. The one thing I miss about now being gluten-free is getting my hands into dough which is pliable and can be twisted into all sorts of shapes. Non gluten dough is quite different and can be more brittle. Lovely photos.

  36. Lovely buns lol They look very soft and melt in your mouth!!

  37. Hotly Spiced says:

    Homemade dinner rolls? You are too good, Miss Skinny. And they’re pretty too. I would love one straight from the oven with melted butter xx

  38. That’s it? Honestly that is such a simple recipe that it makes me wanting dinner rolls every night! Can’t wait to try these.

  39. That’s it? Honestly, these look so simple that you could make them every night. What a thought!

  40. These knotted buns look super soft!

  41. Lizzy, love the shape of the buns! Am waiting for the cinnamon buns :)

  42. Well, I do like buns! These look great, Lizzy!

  43. I am so addicted to breads and buns.. It’s better not to make or buy them, otherwise I just can’t stop having them.. :)

  44. I can see those used as dinner rolls, but as hamburger buns? Maybe I’m a bit too conservative with my buns. :P

  45. Lizzy , those buns look fantastic ! The kind that I would like to make :D

  46. These look great. Love the design of the dough! I bet the house smelled amazing which is my favorite part of making bread.

  47. These look gorgeous! No wonder your guys wanted to dig in right away!

  48. These looks soo yummy, they look very soft and buttery. I love they way you shaped them too.

  49. My mouth is still open from how pretty these buns are. You are a master baker my friend. :)

  50. These are cutie patooties and I be they taste as good as they look!

  51. We have been on a homemade bread kick lately. These buns look delicious and beautiful!!

  52. Ohhhh, I love buns, Lizzy…especially if they are soft and beautifully baked like those!

  53. I will definitely be making these! I’m sure mine will not look near as pretty as yours, but I’m sure they’ll be good. Your recipe looks perfect! What great pics!

  54. I think that if I had these served along with any dinner, I would just skip the dish, take some good butter and happily carry on only with buns. They look awesome!

  55. These are great looking buns. I’m sure it pairs well with any stew type meal. Have a nice weekend to you and your family, Liz! :)

  56. Lizzy,
    The buns look lovely. I can see why these buns could be used for hamburgers. They look pretty versatile, good for just about any time.
    Annamaria

  57. Oh you buns look so delicious!!! I seriously adore a freshly baked dinner roll….and these make most dinner rolls look boring:-) Gorgeous, Hugs, Terra

  58. I have been making these buns for over 10 years!!! LOVE, love love them!!!

  59. The buns look yummy! I am planing to make the dough with bread machine! No more buns from market !!

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