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Bakery Style Homemade Butter Buns | Fried & Baked Pastry

The thought of butter bun evokes nostalgia in me…

Butter buns are a popular pastry in South India. These are sweet buns with butter-sugar frosting and are usually deep-fried. These buns are incredibly delicious and will just melt in our mouth.

In Kerala, butter buns are popular in Trivandrum, my hometown. During my school and college days, I don’t think I’ve ever left a bakery without getting butter buns. At that time, I didn’t count calories and enjoyed butter buns wholeheartedly.

Miles apart from my hometown, now if I have to enjoy butter buns I have to make them in my kitchen.

I’m sharing both versions: fried & baked butter buns. If you don’t want to deep fry them, bake them. Tastes delicious with the frosting.

Deep fried butter buns

Baked butter buns

Cooking video

Bakery Style Homemade Butter Buns | Fried & Baked - Tips & Tricks
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 7
For making the buns
  • Warm milk- ¾ cup
  • Yeast- 1 tsp
  • Sugar- 1 tsp
  • All-purpose flour- 2¼ cups
  • Salt- ¼ tsp
  • Sugar- 3 tbsp
  • Unsalted softened butter- 3 tbsp
Making frosting
  • Butter, unsalted & softened- 4 tbsp
  • Powdered sugar- ½ cup
  • Milk- 1 tbsp
  1. In a bowl, combine warm milk, yeast, and 1 tsp of sugar. Keep aside for 5 minutes, let the yeast activate.
  2. In a large bowl, combine flour, salt, and sugar.
  3. Add the activated yeast and milk.
  4. Knead well for 5 minutes.
  5. Add the softened butter, knead well for 10 minutes till a soft and smooth dough is formed.
  6. Cover the dough with a damp cloth.
  7. Keep aside for 2 hours.
  8. After 2 hours, the dough will double up in size.
  9. Make 7 balls out of the dough.
  10. Knead the balls well till smooth and soft.
  11. Cover the dough balls with a damp cloth.
  12. Keep aside for 30 minutes.
  13. Place a frying pan over medium heat. Add oil & let the oil turn hot.
  14. Drop the dough balls in oil without crowding & deep fry over medium heat till they turn golden brown in color. Flip it over a few times for even frying.
  15. Don't fry over high heat, the inside won't be cooked well & the outside turns brown.
  16. Transfer to a plate lined with a kitchen paper towel.
  17. Let the butter buns cool down completely.
How to bake the buns
  1. Preheat oven to 375 F or 190 C.
  2. Line a baking tray with parchment paper, place the dough balls without crowding.
  3. Crack an egg into a bowl & beat well using a whisk.
  4. Brush the dough with the beaten egg.
  5. Bake for 20 minutes.
  6. After 20 minutes, take the baked butter buns out of the oven.
  7. The buns will have a beautiful golden brown color & the outside will be slightly crispy.
  8. Let cool down completely.
For making frosting
  1. Combine all the ingredients mentioned for making frosting using a whisk and make it into a thick and smooth frosting.
  2. Before frosting, the buns have to cool down completely otherwise the frosting will melt.
  3. Half the butter buns and spread the frosting on the halved buns & make it into a sandwich.
  4. Enjoy the incredibly delicious & melt in your mouth butter buns. Pure nostalgia for me, yum!



Thas is the author of Cooking with Thas, a popular food blog with recipes from Indian, American and Fusion Cuisines. She has been blogging since 2009 and been featured in several magazines. Read more...