No-Knead Quick Feather Buns

This post was first published in 2017.. I have updated the pictures so am reposting it!

I know I know ! You think that making buns at home is hard and time-consuming.

That can be true to some extent…not hard but time consuming, waiting for the dough to rise a couple of times..and the tough question for novice bread makers is …”have I kneaded these enough?’ Or at least that was always my question!!  

Well, this recipe is a no knead recipe. It has to rise a couple times, 45 minutes the first time and then 30 minutes after that but pretty easy to put together while the rest of dinner is being prepared…or making them for lunches…or anytime..for anything! These are baked in muffin tins..adding to the ease of this recipe.

I  have made these dairy free..the original recipe calls for milk & butter…your choice. The original recipe comes from my friend Karen Marshall.

Here is the recipe   ***I have written the recipe out with my changes and the original ingredients in brackets!

Feather Buns

1 cup warm water, not hot (milk)

1 pkg yeast ***which is 2 1/4 tsp

1 tsp sugar

4 tbsp oil (very soft butter)

2 tbsp sugar

1/4 tsp salt

1 egg

2 cups of flour *** I used white flour


  1. Put the warm water into a large bowl ***if the bowl is cold put some hot water into the bowl, swirl it around, then dump it out and dry the bowl , this warms the bowl and helps the yeast*               dissolve the sugar into the warm water and sprinkle the yeast on top of the water.  Let stand for 5 minutes.      ***if your countertop is cold, wet a dishtowel with warm water, wring it out, and place the bowl on top of the warm towel***              After 5 minutes your yeast should be nice and foamy. Stir well
  2. Add the oil, 2 tbsp oil, salt and egg to the yeast mixture
  3. Mix until well blended. This can be done by hand, with a hand mixer or in a mix- master ***I did it by hand -with the oil it was easy to mix together   I think if you use the butter you should use a mixer of some kind
  4. Add 2 cups of flour.  Mix well. ***This bread dough will be very soft!! It is supposed to be to so don’t add more flour!
  5. Cover the bowl and let rise in a warm place for 45 minutes. *** I have a bread proof function in my oven so I used that. If you don’t have that, a friend of mine got a tip from her sister and it is a good one. Put your covered bowl with the bread dough into the microwave with 1 cup of  boiling water in a measuring cup beside it and just let it sit in there..DO NOT TURN THE MICROWAVE ON!
  6. Meanwhile, grease a 12 muffin pan
  7. After the 45 minutes, stir down the batter. It will be very soft
  8. Fill the greased muffin cups with approx 1/4 c of batter, just a bit more then half of the muffin cup
  9. Let rise in a warm spot until the cups are full.  Approx 30 minutes  ***this can depend on how warm your kitchen is…  At this time, pre-heat your oven to 400F
  10. Bake 15-20 minutes
yeast is foamy & adding the other ingredients except the flour
add the flour & mix
The dough is soft
Cover the bowl & let rise in a warm place for 45 minutes
after rising for 45 minutes
Stir the dough down
Divide the dough between 12 muffin cups
I forgot to take a picture after the dough had risen in the muffin tins…this is about 5 minutes into baking
Beautiful texture… Light and feathery

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Marilyn Dishes

Many people ask me "how did you do that?" "will you show me how?' So I decided to make a blog about what I cook and bake. I am in no way a professional cook, but I love to feed people and try new things as well as making the "old foods" My friends are wonderful cooks, each with their own 'specialty' and i will be having guest cooks here, showcasing their favourite things to cook as well!! I hope you enjoy this blog and maybe decide to make some of these foods yourself! I am always available to answer any questions you might have about anything you see here. Some of my recipes are unique to me but most are not. They are all recipes I have found in a variety of ways, some are old family recipes that date back decades and some are new ones!

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