How many different types of bread exist? It is a question I could not even begin to know the answer. It seems as though each day brings a new discovery. It is through Bread Bakers, other bread baking groups, fellow food bloggers, and traveling that adds to my ever growing list of breads to try. It’s fascinating to see all the bread variations and how many people bake it. It is no surprise there is a National Homemade Bread Day. I had to join in the celebration with these Peanut Butter Buns.
Baking bread can be therapeutic. Even the smallest part of it can bring a smile. It could be the aroma of yeast, watching it rise, feeling the dough while kneading, or taking that first heavenly bite. There is a special moment in the process with each bread I bake. The moment with these buns was when I lifted the towel from the bowl after the first rise to see it actually doubled. I know that sounds odd, however it was the first time I’ve made a batter yeast bread. I wondered if there would be enough strength of the batter to double. And sure enough, it doubled just fine. I see more batter yeast breads in my future.
Peanut Butter Buns have an ingredient very dear to me. What is it? Well, it is peanut butter. It’s something that is pure comfort food for me. A big spoonful of peanut butter does wonders on a stressful day. The buns are light and airy and have a sticky peanut butter topping. They are not overly sweet as typical sticky buns. Think of it as being similar to the lightness of glaze on a cake instead of heavy frosting.
Homemade bread is worth celebrating. We had to make a special Bread Bakers event as soon as Lauren at From Gate to Plate mentioned it. Many thanks to her for being our event host too. Scroll down to see the list of breads baked for the celebration. What bread do you plan to bake soon? Is it one for the holidays? If so, take a look at my Stollen recipe for a German holiday bread. Happy baking!
- 1½ cups all-purpose flour, plus more if needed
- 1 package (2¼ teaspoons) instant yeast*
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ cup whole milk
- ¼ cup water
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, diced
- 1 egg, at room temperature
- ½ cup granulated sugar
- ¼ cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
- ¼ cup creamy peanut butter
- 2 tablespoons honey
- ½ cup chopped peanuts
- Whisk together 1 cup flour, yeast, sugar, and salt in the bowl of a stand mixer.
- Heat milk, water, and butter in a saucepan until it reaches 125°F (butter does not need to melt). Add to flour mixture and stir to combine.
- Add egg and mix using flat beater at medium speed for 3 minutes.
- By hand, stir in remaining ½ cup flour to make a stiff batter. Add a small amount of flour, 1 tablespoon at a time, as needed for a stiff batter.
- Cover bowl with a towel and let rise in a warm place until light and doubled, about 45 minutes.
- Make the topping while the dough is rising.
- Lightly grease a 12-cup muffin tin.
- Beat sugar, butter, peanut butter, and honey in a bowl until combined and smooth. Stir in chopped peanuts.
- Spoon topping equally into the muffin cups (about 1 heaping tablespoon for each cup).
- Preheat oven to 350°F.
- Stir down batter and spoon over topping in muffin cups. Cover with a towel and let rise in a warm place until double, about 30 minutes.
- Remove towel and bake buns for 20 to 25 minutes, until golden brown.
- Cover pan with aluminum foil and invert on a cooling rack. Serve warm or cold.
Recipe adapted from The Red Star Centennial Bread Sampler cookbook published in 1981 (no longer in print).
Are you ready to bake bread for your family? Take a look at these recipes by talented Bread Bakers from all over the world:
- Almond Bread by Rocio at Kidsandchic
- Chocolate Chip Scones by Nicole at The 2nd 35 Years
- Hadrian’s Bread by Camilla at Culinary Adventures with Camilla
- Hatch Chile Bread by Holly at A Baker’s House
- Hearth Sourdough by Karen at Karen’s Kitchen Stories
- Homemade English Muffins by Stacy at Food Lust People Love
- Italian Dinner Rolls by Lauren at From Gate to Plate
- Olive, Tomato & Feta Bread by Robin at A Shaggy Dough Story
- Pain Tordu by Carola at En la Cocina de Caro
- Peanut Butter Buns by Renee at Magnolia Days
- Pumpkin Bagels by Sophie at Sweet Cinnamon & Honey
- Pumpkin Chocolate Tea Bread by Linda at Brunch with Joy
- Stollen by Laura at Baking in Pyjamas
- White Cranberry Nut Bread by Cindy at Cindy’s Recipes and Writings
What is Bread Bakers? It’s a group of bread loving bakers who get together once a month to bake bread with a common ingredient or theme. You can see all our of lovely bread by following our Bread Bakers Pinterest Board. Links are also updated after each event on the Bread Bakers home page.
How is the monthly theme determined? We take turns hosting each month and choosing the theme/ingredient.
Would you like to join in the fun? If you are a food blogger, send an email with your blog name and url to Stacy at email@example.com.