Cornmeal Buns

The oven is an excellent place for rising dough. Heat to 175 degrees for 5 minutes. Turn off heat; let covered dough rise in warm oven. This cuts the rising time by almost one-third.

  • Yield: Makes about 1 dozen
Cornmeal Buns

Source: Martha Stewart Living, September 2000


  • 1/2 cup warm milk (about 110°)
  • 1/2 cup warm water (about 110°)
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 package active dry yeast
  • 4 large egg yolks
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled
  • 1 cup yellow cornmeal, plus more for sprinkling
  • 2 cups bread flour
  • Olive oil, for bowl and plastic wrap
  • 1 tablespoon milk


  1. In the bowl of an electric mixer, combine milk, water, and sugar. Sprinkle yeast on top. Let stand until foamy, about 10 minutes. Using paddle attachment, add 3 egg yolks, salt, butter, cornmeal, and flour; mix on low speed for 2 minutes. Change to dough hook; beat until dough is smooth, soft, and does not stick to your fingers when squeezed, about 5 minutes.

  2. Transfer dough to a clean surface. Knead into a ball; place in a bowl brushed with oil. Cover securely with plastic; let stand in a warm place until dough is doubled in size, about 45 minutes. Heat oven to 400°. Line a baking sheet with parchment.

  3. Punch back the dough, and divide into twelve 2 1/4-ounce balls. On a clean surface, using the palm of your hand, roll dough gently, pressing down while rolling to shape into a 2 1/4-inch-diameter ball. Place on prepared baking pan. Repeat rolling until all the dough is used. Loosely cover with oiled plastic wrap. Let stand in a warm place to rise for 10 minutes.

  4. In a small bowl, combine remaining egg yolk and the remaining tablespoon of milk. Brush tops of rolls with egg wash. Sprinkle rolls with cornmeal. Bake until deep golden brown, rotating pan once during baking, about 15 minutes. Remove from oven, and transfer to a wire rack to cool.


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