Who doesn’t love the smell of freshly baked bread?
As much as my husband teases me for always choosing rice as my main carbohydrate for my meals, I cannot resist the smell of freshly baked homemade bread.
We have a bread machine we got on sale on Boxing Day and I bake lots of bread. Because of the convenience factor, I often just use the “Basic Loaf” setting to bake a loaf of bread. And a loaf of bread is more versatile for making sandwiches and french toast. I just have to throw in all the ingredients, press “Start” and it bakes a loaf by itself!
However, I do enjoy making different types of bread such as French bread, dinner rolls, bacon and cheese rolls, mayo and corn buns, chocolate swirl bread, you name it. It is just more time consuming though since I can only use the machine for the kneading and the first rising period and then I have to do the rest of bread making process by myself. But it is totally worth it!
I have my “go-to” recipe for dinner rolls and I use it to make other fun buns. I originally got it from a friend of mine and I altered a little bit to make the recipe simpler because I didn’t have certain special ingredients at home. Using this recipe, I baked buns with melted cheese inside just for dinner and I posted the picture on my Instagram and I had a few people ask for the recipe. So here it is! I hope you enjoy.
This recipe is for using the bread machine’s “dough” setting, but if you don’t own a bread machine, you can knead the dough by hand for a long time until it’s smooth (I used to do this for a long time before I got the machine and it is a great workout!), then let it rise for 40 minutes in a warm room.
Delicious Buns with Melted Cheese Pocket
- 140ml of cold water
- 2 Table spoons of milk
- 50 grams of butter
- 1/2 medium sized egg
- 280 grams of flour
- 3 Table spoons of sugar
- 1 tea spoon of salt
- 1 tea spoon of dry yeast
- Any type(s) of cheese shredded
- 1/2 egg (the remainder of the egg used in the dough above)
- Add the ingredients in the bread maker pan in the same order as listed above. (Be careful that the dry yeast does not touch the liquid ingredients)
- Set the pan in the bread machine and select “Dough” setting and press start. (My machine’s dough setting is for 1.5 hours)
- Once it beeps, take the warm dough out onto a board that is dusted with some flour.
- Push the dough lightly with your palm to get rid of excess gas.
- Let it sit for 15 minutes on the counter.
- Cut the dough into small pieces (can make 8 small balls) and cover them with a plastic wrap or cheese cloth to avoid dryness and let them rise in a warm room (30-35 degrees celseus is ideal) for 30-40 minutes. — You can create a warm space by heating the oven slightly or you can wrap the tray with the dough balls with warm towels.
- Roll out the dough balls so that you can fill them with shredded cheese. Once you place cheese in the middle, wrap the dough up to make a roll again.
- Brush some egg on the surface of the dough.
- Bake them for 13 minutes at 180C (350F) in the oven.
It seems like quite a process but once you get a hang of it, it is not too bad! I set the machine in the morning and I got to do the most of the rising, cutting and stuffing the cheese part while the boys were napping.
Try different ways to make your dinner rolls more fun! You can just sprinkle the buns with cheese (don’t have to stuff it) and it will make nice golden baked cheesy bread too.
Thank you so much for reading.
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