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Renate's Zwieback

Making fresh homemade buns is a novelty for me. You'd think that by now we have exhausted all our recipes. Today I will share with you my favorite 'go to recipe' for white buns. This recipe too came from a good friend, Renate. It's a favorite for our family. I've never had success making Zwieback tops, so I've just shaped the dough into round buns.  The versatility of homemade buns are many: add them to any meal, soup or salad or just add a jar of strawberry jam and peanut butter.

 A few of us will be making our favorite bun recipes as we serve the Kiev Symphony Orchestra in Chilliwack at the Alliance Church on September 9, at 7:00 pm. The KSOC  is under the leadership of Wes Janzen, former Professor of Music at TWU.

This past week we spent time preparing our cabbage rolls and apple pies at the Alliance Church.
Thank you, Kathy (Kathy is the sister to Wes) for organizing our cooking day.  You can read all about it at Kathy's blog. We all feel that this is such a rich opportunity to serve the choir members, especially during the current unrest in Ukraine. We have just heard recently that the children from the Good Shepherd Shelter (our first royalty project) have been moved to Kiev where they are safer.  Please join us as we continue to pray for the safety of staff and children.

  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 cups warm water
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon salt
  • 4 tablespoons sugar
  • 3 tablespoons instant yeast
  • 1/3 cup butter
  • 2/3 cup oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 9 -10 cups white flour
 Kitchen Machine Mixing Procedure
  1. Scald milk and add butter.
  2. Add water to scalded milk to become lukewarm.
  3. In a mixing bowl add half of the flour, yeast, salt, and sugar.
  4. Add the warm milk mixture to flour mixture and mix for five minutes on the lowest setting.
  5. This process has activated the yeast.
  6. Add eggs, oil and remaining flour and continue kneading for 10 minutes until dough becomes soft and is not sticky.
  7. Cover with plastic wrap and a towel and let rise until doubled in bulk.
  8. Form into buns and place on greased pans. Cover with a tea towel and let rise for another 45 minutes.
  9. Bake in 400° for 15 minutes.
Special Tip:  One of our readers gave a comment suggesting a new tip:   "When using instant yeast and mixing in the Bosch, that it is not necessary to do the first rising of the dough... after mixing, kneading in machine, shape & put buns directly onto pans, let rise, bake!"
I will definitely consider this time.  Thankful for any shortcut tips from our readers.

These buns also serve well as 'Sliders' 


  1. Your recipe looks very nice and tasty. I will surely try your recipe. Thank you for sharing. I've been watching you fondly.

  2. You must have read my mind as I've been thinking lately of making my own buns. I've made my own bread for years now but never tried buns. Don't ask me why. LOL!
    I will definitely put the people in the Ukraine in my prayers as I have been praying for peace and help for so many who are suffering in our world right now.
    Your buns look beautiful!

  3. May I ask...about how many buns would you say this makes? It helps me approach uniform sizes if I can divide a batch before I start. That way I don't create so many various sizes! Blessings to you all. B/North

    1. This recipe makes about 4 dozen buns, just depending on size.

    2. Thank you, Marg! B/North

    3. Thank-you for this recipe... I baked these buns this morning, and I almost never bake white buns! I'm a regular follower of the MGCC blog, and love the recipes & accompanying writings by you ladies. I especially enjoy baking recipes. So, if I may, a hint for yeast baking with instant yeast for which I must credit Winnies Winning Ways baking more with whole grains book. She's a woman who lives in Manitoba with her farmer husband... she uses a Bosch machine to mix her yeast doughs and describes her methods in this book. She suggests that when using instant yeast and mixing in the Bosch, that it is not necessary to do the first rising of the dough... after mixing, kneading in machine, shape & put buns directly onto pans, let rise, bake!! I've been doing this with whole wheat & flax buns for some time with great results, and today tried it with this recipe... worked wonderfully as well!! Shortens the process considerably! So give it a try! -another Marg

    4. Thank you so much Marg for this tip. I will enter this on the main page and direct them to your comment. I use the Bosch machine all the time and have done that with several bread recipes...but never with buns. You've just made my life more simple and now I can do accomplish other things while waiting for the bread to rise.

  4. What size pans are you using? 2 jelly roll(10x15) or 3 cake pans (9x13) for example. Pan dimensions are always nice.

    1. I use 10 x15. But you can also vary your pan sizes.. You may also wish to put them into muffin tins. There are np pat rules, do what works best for you or what pans you have available. I prefer the cookie sheets. Thanks for your question.


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