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Pull-apart Japanese dinner rolls.

How To Make The Best Dinner Rolls In The World

Very sexy buns that can be made in one day. Using a Japanese milk bun recipe for ultra soft and fluffy dinner rolls. Can also be made vegan.
5 from 4 votes
Prep Time 2 hrs 30 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Resting time 20 mins
Total Time 3 hrs 10 mins
Course baking, bread, Dinner, sandwiches
Cuisine Japanese
Servings 4
Calories 386 kcal


  • Brush for the eggwash
  • Baking trays
  • Parchment paper


Tangzhong (starter)

  • 3 tbsp water 43g
  • 3 tbsp whole milk 43g
  • 2 tbsp bread flour 14g


  • 380 g bread flour 2 ¾ cups
  • 50 g sugar 1/4 cup
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp dried yeast
  • 113 g whole milk 1/2 cup
  • 1 large egg
  • 60 g butter melted and cooled (1/4 cup)


  • Mix all of the ingredients from the tangzhang into a small saucepan and heat gently. Whisk for about 3 minutes until there are no more lumps and the whisk leaves lines on the bottom of the pan. Let this cool.
  • Mix the rest of the ingredients together with the cooled tangzhang and knead until a smooth elastic dough is formed. If the dough is too sticky add a bit of flour until it is smooth.
  • Roll into a giant ball and place in a lightly floured bowl. Lightly dust the top with flour and cover with a tea towel or plastic wrap. Rest for about one hour.
    dough ball
  • After about an hour the dough should have expanded slightly but not doubled. Lightly press the air out and begin shaping into 8 smaller balls. Attach them together on a parchment lined baking tray and lightly dust with flour. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise for 40-50 minutes.
  • Preheat the oven to 175C/350F. Lightly brush the dough with an egg wash (1 egg with a splash of cold water mixed in). Bake for about 23-35 minutes or until nicely golden on top and a thermometer reaches 87C/190F.
    Dinner rolls shaped into balls and ready to be baked
  • Transfer to a resting rack and let cool for ten minutes. These buns are amazing hot out of the oven with a little butter and crunchy sea salt. They also makes an incredible egg sandwich the next day with a little fried egg.
    Dinner rolls finished and baked to golden brown.


When measuring the yeast, sugar and salt, always place them apart in the bowl. Too much salt and sugar can actually kill the yeast. So when measuring, place them on opposite sides of the bowl.
The dough should be smooth after it's mixed. If it's still sticky, add more flour. 
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