Quick breakfast rolls – ‘Shower Buns’


I am not sure exactly where the concepts comes from, but going on trips or vacations with friends back in Denmark we always had the concept of ‘shower buns’ – rolls that would rise or bake while you were in the shower in the morning, getting you freshly baked bread for breakfast.

Some recipes requires you to make the dough the night before, and then leave to rise over night in the fridge. This is definitely a nice approach, and you can probably modify most regular recopies with a little less yeast to accommodate for the slow, cold rise. I wanted one that was quick and easy to make at the spur of a moment, and found this one that is made right away. It has a lot of yeast, and only rises once. It also is a lightly enriched dough containing butter, so it gives a ‘luxury’ roll, perfect for Sunday mornings.

Ingredients: (original recipe in Danish)

  • 6 tbsp lukewarm water
  • 50 g yeast cake (17g dry yeast, or .6 oz)
  • 300 ml milk (1 1/4 cups)
  • 50 g butter, melted (1/2 stick)
  • 800-900 ml flour (3 1/3 -4 cups)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3 tbsp sugar


1. Dissolve the yeast in the water and melt the butter.


2. Add all the other ingredients and knead to form a dough.



3. Divide into 12 pieces and form rolls.


4. Set the rolls on a parchment covered sheet and let them rise under a moist towel.


5. Preheat oven to 225 C/ F. If your oven is underneath your stove, you can place the sheet on top for some extra heat for rising.
6. Let the rolls rise for about 25 min – while you take your shower!


7. Brush rolls with a egg and water mixture (egg wash) for extra shine. You can also use milk or water.
8. Bake for 12 min.


Very fast, very easy and they are really best right out of the oven.

Burger Buns

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My husband wanted to cook some burgers, and asked me if I had time to make some buns – of course! I went looking for recipes, and the one that looked the best was an enriched bun from the King Arthur Flour homepage.

I only changed one thing and used slightly less sugar than originally called for.

Ingredients (original recipe):

  • 1 cup lukewarm water ( 225 ml)
  • 1 tbsp instant yeast
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 2 tbsp butter, melted and cooled (30 g)
  • 3 1/2 cup all purpose flour (420 g)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/4 tsp salt
  • For decoration: 2-3 tbsp melted butter or eggwash
  • Sesame or other seeds


1. Dissolve the yeast in the water and add the sugar.

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2. Add the rest of the ingredients and mix.

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3. Knead until a smooth dough forms. I found this dough is really easy to work with.

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4. Put the dough in a bowl and cover, let rise until doubled in size, about 1 hour.

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5. Punch down the dough and knead through.

6. Divide the dough into 8 pieces and form each to a small roll.

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7. Place the buns on a parchment coved baking sheet with plenty of space in between and press down each bun until it is 3 inches/8 cm across and flat.

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8. Cover and let rise for about an hour.

9. Preheat oven to 375 F/190 C.

10. Brush with half the melted butter or eggwash, and top with seeds (if using seeds you are better off with eggwash).

I didn't have any sesame seeds so I used flax seeds. I really liked the contrast.

I didn’t have any sesame seeds so I used flax seeds. I really liked the contrast.

11. Bake for 15-20 min until golden. Transfer to a wire rack.

12. Brush with the rest of the butter and cool.

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I realized later that brushing with butter would not make the seeds stick, you need to use an eggwash or press them really firmly into the dough. Besides that, they were great. They are quite sweet and rich, but I think that works well with a burger.

Happy baking and grilling!