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Air Buns--Giant Feathery-Light Bread Buns

Updated on May 2, 2017
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Athlyn loves "all things bread" and shares her tips and recipes for homemade bread, quick breads, and all varieties in between.

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Huge Buns: Oh-So-Tender and Light

Air buns are a special treat--a great menu item to serve when having company or to take to social events. These giant, feathery-light air buns are sure to please even the most jaded of appetites.

How do air buns differ from regular bread buns? Air buns rise and cook up to impressive heights, so they have the "wow factor" and are a crowd-pleaser at any time. These huge buns are very light and are wonderful served with cold cuts, cheeses, or on their own with butter.

Air buns are are not difficult to make and when you want to add something special when entertaining, these impressive-looking buns will do the trick nicely.

Why not make some giant air buns the next time company's coming for dinner or print off and save this recipe so that you'll have it on hand for your holiday menu?

Ingredients

  • 1 envelope yeast
  • 1 tsp. white sugar
  • 1/2 cup warm water
  • LET RISE
  • 31/2 cups warm water
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup lard
  • 2 tbsp white vinegar
  • 1 tsp salt

Instructions

  1. When lard is melted, add yeast mixture + the 2 tbsp. vinegar and the salt.
  2. Add in 8-10 cups of white flour, one cup at a time, so that dough doesn't get stiff. Mix lightly. Grease with oil and set to rise.
  3. Let rise 2 hours. Punch down.
  4. Let rise 1 hour, punch down and form into balls. Place on greased baking sheet (don't place balls too close together).
  5. Let rise 3 hours.
  6. Bake 325-350 degrees for 15-30 minutes. Double pan and check bottoms so that they don't over-brown.
  7. Remove a bun and check for doneness and if necessary, continue baking.

A Particular Magic

Between the vinegar and the rising times, a type of magic happens with this recipe and you will find your buns inflate to impressive sizes.

Air Buns Tips

  • Make sure to allow buns to rise for the specified time, as this is what helps these buns to gain their impressive size
  • Double-pan so that bun bottoms do not over-brown when baking in oven

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A Word About Air Bun Recipes

Some air bun recipes call for the addition of vinegar, such as this one, but you can make feathery light and huge buns with or without vinegar, if you follow directions.

Giant Feathery-Light Bread Buns

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      Athlyn Green 3 weeks ago from West Kootenays

      Hi Brenda, I make mine with lard. I included the video for readers to see the process. Any fat will probably do.

      Personally, for any type of bread, I find shortening or lard does a better job than liquid oil--seems to result in more tender bread.

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      Brenda Chan 3 weeks ago

      The recipe said lard but in the video she used butter .I really like to make these buns but the video and the instruction confused me please clarify. Thanks !

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