This past summer, I spent a total of seven weeks in Shanghai, China. Little G was attending a Chinese language program.
I got our family an Airbnb which was just a 10 minute walk to little G’s school. There are lots of cafes, bakeries, patisseries and restaurants around.
Every morning, after I dropped him off at school, I would be wandering around–heading to my favorite bakery cafe for a cup of coffee, savoring these hot-off-the-oven pillowy soft, buttery and absolutely delightful Japanese-style Sea Salt Butter Rolls.
My days would always get off to a good start after a couple of the rolls.
Fast forward a few months later, we are now back in California. I miss my daily breakfast routine and decided to make these butter rolls on my own.
With the holiday season upon us, I have every reason to break out my brand new KitchenAid Stand Mixer and start baking.
I picked up this KitchenAid Deluxe 4.5 Quart Stand Mixer, in Silver, available only at Walmart and on rollback for $229. The color fits perfectly in my kitchen, complementing the backsplash and design of my countertop.
It also matches my KitchenAid stovetop and hood. Isn’t she such a classic beauty? Every kitchen needs a Kitchen Aid Stand Mixer; it’s so powerful and functional:
- Tilt-head design to easily add ingredients.
- 10 speeds to thoroughly mix, whip, and knead ingredients.
- Includes (1) Coated Flat Beater, (1) Coated Dough Hook, (1) Wire Whip
- Available in 3 colors: silver, cobalt, and pistachio
- 10 optional hub powered attachments, from spiralizers to food grinders (sold separately)
While I was at Walmart, I also picked up all the ingredients for the recipe. I love shopping at Walmart because it has the lowest prices compared to other stores.
I am so lucky to have a Walmart within a 10 minute drive from my home.
Homemade Butter Rolls
How do you make bakery-quality butter rolls at home? I am going to teach you a step-by-step recipe along with pictures below.
Butter rolls are fun to make, and the end results are so worthy of the extra efforts.
These rolls are pillowy soft, with a nice golden sheen. The sea salt adds a nice savory nuance to the rolls, while the butter perfumes the inside with buttery flavor.
With Thanksgiving coming up in a few weeks, this is THE butter roll you need for your family.
Serve Sea Salt Butter Rolls with:
For a wholesome dinner, make the following dishes.
Use Kitchen Aid Stand Mixer to Make:
Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post by Walmart and SheKnows. The opinions are all mine.
Sea Salt Butter Rolls Recipe
Sea Salt Butter Rolls - the best and softest butter rolls recipe ever. Topped with sea salt, these homemade butter rolls are easy to make and fail-proof. Make them for holidays or every day!
- 1 cup whole milk, heated
- 1 packet instant yeast
- 5 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
- 1 egg
- 4 tablespoons sugar
- 2 cups bread flour
- 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 stick unsalted butter, cut into 16 cubes (2 oz.)
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted, for brushing
- 1 tablespoon Maldon sea salt flakes
Add the milk, instant yeast, unsalted butter and egg to the bowl of Kitchen Aid Deluxe 4.5 Quart Stand Mixer, follow by sugar, bread flour, all-purpose flour and salt.
Using the dough hook attachment, mix all the ingredients together until it forms a dough. Turn the speed to 4 and knead for about 10 minutes.
Once your dough has become smooth, stop kneading and let it proof in a large greased bowl for 1 hour. After an hour, transfer the dough to a floured surface. Knock out all the air in the dough. Roll the dough to about 16-inch in round shape.
Use a pizza cutter to cut the dough into 16 triangles. Cut 1/2 stick of cold butter into 16 small cubes. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
Add a butter cube to the bottom part of the dough triangle.
Tug and roll the dough up to form a nice crescent roll shape.
Pinch the end to make sure it is secured. Transfer each butter roll to a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, with the top side facing down. Let it proof for the second time for 1 1/2 hours.
Gently brush the butter rolls with the melted butter. Sprinkle the top with the sea salt flakes and bake in the oven for 10 to 15 minutes, or until the surface of the butter rolls turn light golden brown.
Remove from the oven, serve warm with butter or any fruit preserves/jam.
You may use kosher salt or any course salt as the topping. I learned this recipe from my friend Zong Han.