• Serves 12
  • 60 minutes
  • Difficulty Medium
  • 10 Ingredients


This sweet dough recipe is perfect to use with the Sticky pull apart bun recipe or you can add spices like nutmeg, cinnamon or dried fruit.

Ingredients (serves 12)

  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 1/4 tsp dry yeast
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 4 Tbsp butter
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 2 3/4 cups plain flour
  • 3/4 tsp salt


  1. Add warm water to the milk in a bowl. Sprinkle the yeast on top, then sprinkle 1 tsp sugar; set aside, undisturbed, until foamy, about 5 to 10 minutes.
  2. Whisk the melted butter, egg yolk and vanilla into the yeast mixture until combined. In a large bowl, whisk the flour, the remaining sugar and the salt. Make a well in the centre, add the yeast mixture and stir with a wooden spoon to make a thick sticky dough. Turn out onto a floured surface and knead until soft and elastic, about 5 minutes. Roll into a ball.
  3. Brush a large bowl with butter. Add the dough, coating it lightly with the butter. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise at room temperature until the dough is doubled in size, about 1 hour.
  4. Turn the dough out of the bowl and knead briefly to release excess air; re-form into a ball and return to the bowl cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate at least 4 hours or overnight.
  5. Follow the Sticky Pull Apart bun recipe or use for your own recipe.

  • Love to make bread, rolls ,pizzas ect. Thanks for sharing your recipe


  • Looking forward to making this with the warmer weather coming should be easier.


  • Thank you for sharing this, will look out for the sticky bun.


  • Fantastic recipe for sweet version, thanks for sharing.


  • What a wonderful recipe. Thank you.


  • Ooh yum. I think the possibilities are endless.


  • Boys this is just what I was looking 4 a recipe 2 make some dough thanks


  • I am confused. Why do we need salt when it is a sweet dough? I would have thought it healthier to reduce the sugar a little and put no salt in it.

    • Salt adds flavor, without salt any bread, cake, cookie, pancake, chocolate, – or whatever you bake or make – tastes bland.


  • I’II keep this recipe,a great idea to add dried fruit! Thanks.


  • Thanks for the recipe. I’ll keep it for when my breadmaker dies.


  • Great recipe thanks!


  • Great recipe. I’ve never been good at making dough but I’m going to give this a go.


  • Making dough is usually hit and miss for me. I’m keen to give your recipe a try.


  • Looks easy enough for me to try.


  • Simple and easy. Add some sultanas and cinnamon and you have hot cross buns.


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