Bread rolls

Roll-ppang 롤빵

Today I’m really excited to share a recipe with you that’s one of my family’s favorites and has a lot of meaning for me. It’s bread rolls, or “roll-ppang” in Korean. “Ppang” is Korean for bread, and “roll” is a Korean word borrowed from English. You might think that this recipe has nothing to do with Korean food, but it’s something many Koreans make at home.

This is one of my family’s favorites and brings back good memories for me, when I used to make these as a snack for my children when they came home from school. They were so happy to smell and see the rolls when they got home, I never forgot the looks on their faces and it makes me smile, even today.


If you’ve been cooking for a long time like me, you know that certain recipes remind you of certain periods of your life when you made them all the time. These bread rolls are like that for me: whenever I make them again I’m reminded of when my children were young and studying hard. Now they’re all grown up and I don’t cook for them anymore, but we all have good memories of roll-ppang. I hope you enjoy these with your family, too!

This recipe was taught to me by a friend of mine in Korea. She studied nutrition and was a great cook. She had three sons and her house was always full of food! The first time she showed me how to make these I couldn’t believe how delicious they were! I rushed home to make them for myself. So light and fluffy! For me and my friends, the ideal roll-ppang splits apart into light pieces like perfectly cooked chicken breast. Her recipe is perfect every time. The key is to let them rise the second time for a full hour. Even if they look perfect after 30 minutes, let them rise for the full hour, and they will be super-fluffy!

I always served these rolls with milk and homemade strawberry or grape jam, two things my children also loved. It was a perfect snack between lunch and dinner, but me and my friends experimented with this recipe to make all kinds of things: fried twisted donuts, buns with vegetable chunks inside, and even sausage rolls. You could also serve them as dinner rolls with a bit of butter.

In this recipe i made a small batch, but you can double or triple the recipe, whatever you can eat comfortably over a few days. If you make a larger batch, you’ll have to keep the rolls in the fridge as you form them, otherwise by the time you finish forming the last one, the first one will have started to rise already! For large batches, I recommend you put them in the fridge one by one as you make them, and when you’re finished bring them out so they can rise all at once.

Enjoy the recipe and let me know how they turn out!

Ingredients (for 6 rolls) Serves 3 to 4

  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • ½ cup cold milk
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 teaspoons dry yeast
  • ½ cups plus ¼ cup all purpose flour
  • 1 egg white



  1. Heat the butter in a large heavy pot. Turn off the heat.
  2. Add the milk, sugar, and salt. Mix well with a wooden spoon until thoroughly dissolved.
  3. Crack the egg, add to the mixture and mix well. Add the dry yeast and let it all sit for 1 minute.
  4. Add 1 ½ cups flour and mix well with the wooden spoon (or rice scoop) for about 1 minute. The dough will be very sticky.bread-rolls_doughbread rolls dough
  5. Cover the pot and let it rise for 1 hour until it doubles in size.bread rolls-dough
  6. Deflate and knead the dough by hand for 1 to 2 minutes and cover again. Let it rise for 30 minutes.bread-rolls-kneading
  7. Deflate and fold the dough for another minute until it makes a smooth dough ball.bread-rolls-ball
  8. Place the ¼ cup flour on the cutting board and sprinkle with some flour. Transfer the dough ball to a dusted cutting board and divide into 6 equal size pieces.
  9. Rub a piece of dough between your hands until it forms into a cylinder. Put it on the dusted cutting board and roll it out with both hands until it’s about 8 inch in length. Coil it around itself and bring the end from the bottom up and over to the top of the coil so you can insert it into the center. The dough is very soft and sticky. When you shape the rolls, dust your fingers with some flour so the rolls don’t stick to them. Put it on a non stick baking pan (I used 7 x 8 inch pan in the video).dinner-rolls_ballsbread-rolls-shapebread-roll-shapebread-roll_shapingbread-roll
  10. Repeat with the remaining dough pieces. Be sure to leave enough room in between the rolls for them to expand.bread rolls (dinner rolls)
  11. Let it rise for 1 hour.bread rolls (dinner rolls)
  12. Preheat oven to 350° F for 5 minutes. Gently brush the rolls with the egg white and bake for 15 to 17 minutes until light golden brown.
  13. Brush the remaining egg white onto the rolls. Bake another minute.
  14. Remove it from the oven and serve hot.




  1. Baking Queen Utrecht joined 7/20 & has 1 comment

    Hello Maangchi!

    Thank you very much for this recipe. It was my very first time baking bread and I was a bit nervous. I think they turned out very nicely thanks to your explanation! The smell is buttery, sweet, and reminds me of a bakery. The texture is fluffy and soft. And the taste is simply delicious. I will surely double the recipe next time as only 6 rolls were not enough for my appetite. much love :)

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  2. theinjuredchef Malaysia joined 6/20 & has 1 comment

    Hi Maangchi,

    Can I use bread flour instead of all purpose flour in this recipe? Will it turn out fine?

  3. Jer Singapore joined 5/20 & has 1 comment

    Hello Maangchi! I live in Singapore and after reading the comments of reducing the milk by 1 tsp, kneading it enough the 2nd time too before rising (I even used a bread maker to knead), proofing it according to the directions, I still ended up with a dough so wet that it looked like melted ice-cream. Help! What advice do you offer for those who live in humid countries?

    • DevorahTF Michigan, USA joined 3/20 & has 13 comments

      Hi! I bake some type of bread or rolls almost every day. What I have learned over time is that all ingredients should be measured precisely except for the flour. What I do, is that I measure the flour into the cups with a spoon. I do not scoop it out of the bag with the measuring cup, because that will give you too much flour, resulting in dough that is packed down and very hard to work with. If you scoop it into the cups, it will result in a much too wet dough that you add flour to as you knead it. I usually have one of my kids with me while I knead the dough. They stand there with a bag of flour and as I am kneading it I will say, “ok! Add some!” And they will add a small handful of flour. I knead that in, and when it gets sticky again, I say, “Ok! Add some more!” And they add more…this goes in for the full time I knead the dough, which I usually do for about 15-20 minutes the first time, regardless of instructions. (I don’t know what Maangchi said about kneading time because I usually do it until it feels right, which is about 15-20 minutes, adding flour the whole time.After the first kneading, I still add flour to it as I go, but I don’t knead as long…usually just maybe 5 minutes or so, adding flour as it becomes wet, and then when it is kind of smooth and firm I allow it to rise.

      I hope this helps! Remember: all the other measurements should stay exactly as they are! Only add flour as you go…

      • DevorahTF Michigan, USA joined 3/20 & has 13 comments

        Actually…thinking of it, if you are kneading it without kids standing there making it very inefficient, you might want to knead for about 5-10 minutes. My kids interrupt me, want to “help,” etc, I was thinking about it, and realized that if you full-on knead for 15 minutes you would probably be really overdoing it.

  4. jjigae2001 Montreal joined 5/20 & has 1 comment

    Hi Maangchi!

    I used this to make sausage rolls! They were delicious!! Thanks

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  5. Bee_80 Malaysia joined 5/20 & has 1 comment

    Can I use bread or cake flour with this recipe?

  6. tatii1112 Puerto Rico joined 4/20 & has 2 comments

    They turned out great! We added more sugar because we like our bread very sweet. We even used them to make hamburgers.

  7. Hildosen12 Hungary joined 1/20 & has 1 comment

    Been using this recipe for 3years now,i do make sausage rolls also.thank you for the yummy recipes..

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  8. Winifredl Chicago joined 1/20 & has 1 comment

    How can you use this recipe with a stand mixer, dough hooker
    Or can you?

  9. 808knuckle Hawaii joined 11/19 & has 2 comments

    P.S. It looked like bread and felt like bread, nice, soft fluffy bread. But smells and taste bad

  10. 808knuckle Hawaii joined 11/19 & has 2 comments

    I’ve tried this bread roll recipe 2 times. But each time it had a strong alcohol smell and smells really bad. Please help?? What did I do wrong?? Is it really 2 teaspoons of yeast??

    I’ve never made bread before. I’m trying to figure this out before Thanksgiving November 28, 2019

    • Tinu1481 Nigeria joined 4/20 & has 2 comments

      Hi dear,
      Maybe you proofed for too long. Next time, check the dough at 45minutes. If its double in size already, go ahead with the next step you don’t need to wait for 1hr. All the best

  11. Nanduggs Providence RI USA joined 11/19 & has 1 comment

    Just checked out your video and decided to try it out….my daughter could not wait to take a taste! Thanks

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  12. Annie from Fremantle Australia joined 2/11 & has 5 comments

    My dough mixture turned out sticky and very oily
    In your video you say ‘two teaspoons of yeast’ and you’re seen to be adding only one.
    In your recipe you state one teaspoon.

    We added two.

    Mixture came out sticky and oily and only could do 4 buns.
    I will not use the same amount of butter and one teaspoon of yeast

    Can you please let us know exactly how much yeast?

    Thank you

    • Maangchi New York City joined 8/08 & has 12,051 comments

      2 teaspoons yeast is right, I’m going to update my written recipe now. It should make 6 buns exactly, and the mixture should be sticky so that the rolls will turn out fluffier. After rising it will be better. You can modify the amount of butter to your taste.

  13. kenhovgaard Copenhagen, Denmark joined 4/19 & has 1 comment

    Thank you, teacher Maangchi!

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  14. Soysoysoy Sydney, Australia joined 4/19 & has 1 comment

    Hey Maangchi,
    The rolls turned out so good! They are really soft like cotton candy, and the light buttery scent is heavenly with just the right amount of sweetness. Super easy and quick, I’m going to be making these a lot from now on.
    (I didn’t have a pan that was the right size so I used my cast iron skillet)
    Thank you for the recipe :)

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  15. Galiyth Philly joined 2/19 & has 1 comment

    Hi, thank you so much for this recipe for home made rolls it was fun and eazy. I am glad I found this on YouTube. I am amazed how they turned out!! I have not even the slightest knowledge how to make from scratch. So again thank you so much. I am grateful.

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