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Kittencal's Soft Sub Rolls


"This dough is soft and so easy to work with, it makes the best sub buns! Of course you can use this dough for whatever you like. Remember to heat the milk with the sugar and salt. This dough also freezes well after the first rise, and the baked buns also freeze well. I like to add in 1 teaspoon malt powder to the flour mixture but that is only optional of coarse. Malt powder works with the yeast to improve flavor and texture of the dough, and also improves the flavor somewhat, which makes for a better finished bun... I use it quite often in most of my bun recipes, especially this one and my hamburger bun recipe. Malt powder can be purchased in any bulk spice store." (kittencal's kitchen)

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  • 3/4 cup warm water
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 2 tablespoons dry yeast
  • 1/4 cup Crisco shortening, melted
  • 1 cup full-fat milk
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 4 tablespoons sugar
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour (more as needed)
  • 1 tsp malt powder (optional)



Step 1

1. Prepare a heavy-duty stand mixer fitted with a kneader attachment. Place about 3-1/2 cups flour in the bowl. Melt the shortening in the microwave; add to the bowl with the flour.

2. In a measuring cup, measure out 1 cup milk, then add in 4 tablespoons sugar and the salt; heat until quite warm in the microwave, stirring to dissolve the sugar and salt. Pour the milk into the bowl with the melted shortening and flour; cover the bowl with a towel to keep ingredients warm.

3. Proof the yeast in a 3/4 cup warm water with 1 teaspoon sugar for about 8-10 minutes or until foamy.
After proofing, add to the bowl and start kneading for about 3-4 minutes, then add in more flour as needed to create a soft semi-sticky dough, knead about 8 more minutes until smooth.

4. Place the dough on a very lightly floured counter or board; let rest for 5-10 minutes, covered with a clean tea towel. Grease a large bowl, then place the dough into bowl to rise in a warm place for about 50-60 minutes (because of the amount of yeast, the dough should take a shorter rising time in a warm place).
Punch down dough.

5. Cut into pieces (I usually cut into 6 pieces), and shape large balls. Let dough balls rest for about 4 minutes (or just enough time to make shaping easier). Shape the dough into desired length for buns.

6. Sprinkle a large cookie/baking sheet with cornmeal, or lightly grease with cooking spray.
Place the long pieces of dough on a baking sheet (shape once again if you need to).

7. Cover and let rise for about 25 minutes, or until doubled. Set oven to 375 degrees. Bake for about 22-25 minutes, or until dark golden brown.

Note: If desired after the second rising and just before baking, beat one egg white with 1 teaspoon cold water, then brush on buns and sprinkle with sesame seeds.



Great sub/sandwich roll recipe! I used our leftover bun for garlic cheese bread, and it was fabulous! The dough is so supple, and the finished product is slightly sweet - delish!

There were great! I used them to make roast beef dip sandwiches and they were just perfect served fresh and hot. Easy to slice too! Thanks, Kittencal.

This recipe was easy to work with and the buns tasted great. I made into 8 instead of 6. Have been wanting to make sub rolls, and this recipe was a success. Thanks so much.

My son had his bologna and cheese with mayo (I know, I know but it's the only thing he will take for lunch right now) sandwich on these every day this week. I sliced and froze them after baking and made his sandwich each morning with the frozen bread. Thawed by lunch, but stayed cold and didn't get soggy. Thanks so much!

For someone such as myself that is not experienced with working with yeast, I would say that this is a wonderful bun recipe, with easy to follow directions. I made this by hand, and the buns turned out so light and airy, I do believe I will keep making this recipe for a long time to come. Thanks!

EXCELLENT!!!!!I don't know what else to say! These were so easy. The dough is like a dream, so soft and supple. They baked up beautifully. I put some poppy seeds on a couple, sesame on a few, and I am so happy with this recipe! Thanks, Kittencal!

My DH was wanting his sandwiches on BIG buns and I have been looking for the perfect bun recipe so I tried these...WOW. I've found that recipe. They came out so soft, BIG, and chewy, with that lite and slightly crispy crust. I made 6 but let them rise an extra 1/2 hour(I think the room they rose in was a little too cold for them.). They were so light. Just the way we all like them.


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