Irresistible Buttermilk Fantails Recipe and How to Make

Ideal for a wedding brunch or party snack. Buttermilk fantails do not just have an attractive look – the taste can also be irresistible and if you know how to make a yeast dough, making buttermilk fantails will also be easy for you. Here’s our delicious buttermilk fantails recipe…

buttermilk fantails

Buttermilk fantail rolls recipe (photo by Neal Patel)


Makes 1 dozen rolls
  • 1 stick plus 2 tbsp unsalted butter, melted, divided
  • 2 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour plus more for kneading and dusting
  • 3/4 cup well-shaken buttermilk
  • 1 tablespoon mild honey or sugar
  • 1/4 cup warm water (105°F – 115°F)
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
  • Butter muffin cups with 1 tbsp melted butter.

How to prepare Buttermilk Fantails:

1. Stir together yeast, warm water, and honey in a large bowl and let stand until foamy, about 5 minutes. Important tip: if the mixture doesn’t foam, start over with new yeast.

2. Mix flour, salt, buttermilk, and 6 tbsp melted butter into the yeast mixture with a wooden spoon or rubber spatula until a soft dough forms. Turn out dough onto a well-floured surface and knead until dough is elastic and smooth, 6 to 8 minutes.

3. Form dough into a ball.

4. Put dough in an oiled large bowl and turn to coat. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and a kitchen towel and let dough rise at warm room temperature until doubled, 1 1/2 to 2 hours.

5. Punch down dough (do not knead), then halve. Roll out half of dough on a lightly floured surface with a floured rolling pin into a 12-inch square (about 1/8 inch thick; keep remaining half covered with plastic wrap).

6. Brush dough with 1/2 tbsp butter and cut into 6 equal strips. Stack strips, buttered sides up, and cut crosswise into 6 equal pieces. Turn each piece on a side and put into a muffin cup. Make more rolls the same way.

7. Separate outer layers of each roll to fan outward. Cover rolls with a kitchen towel (not terry cloth) and let rise in a draft-free place at warm room temperature until doubled and dough fills cups, (about 1 to 1 1/2 hours).

8. Preheat oven to 375°F with rack in middle. Bake rolls until golden brown, about 20-25 minutes.

9. Brush tops with remaining 2 Tbsp butter, then transfer rolls to a rack and cool at least 20 minutes.

You can serve them right away or you can also freeze them and thaw them for use in the next days. You can always reheat your buttermilk fantails though and this is one advantage especially if you want to cook way ahead of time. Remember, you can double up the quantity if you need more for lots of guests.

Like wedding recipes? Check out these great finger foods for bridal shower parties.

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