Cheese-Filled Buns

Cheesefilled Buns

I’ve always found breadmaking rather daunting.  I didn’t grow up in a household in which we made traditional homemade breads found in a western home.  Roti was our staple “bread”.  So, I didn’t know where to start.  I tried a few recipes before but they always came out too hard or too dense.  I wanted a recipe which produced a thin crispy outer crust, and an inner bread that is tender and fluffy.  So, one day after making pizza, a small ball of dough remained with some shredded marble cheese.  I decided to make experimental cheese-filled buns and see what happens.  Well, the result was rather impressive.  I surprised myself with this one!

Here’s the recipe:

Homemade Cheese-Filled Buns
Makes 10-12 buns

1 batch     Honey Pizza Dough
1 cup        shredded marble cheese
1               egg
1/4 cup    milk
1/4 cup    sesame seeds
1 tbsp       Italiano seasoning (I use Club House brand)

  1. Gently beat the egg and milk together.  Set aside.
  2. Make the pizza dough according to instructions.  Divide dough into 10-12 small balls.
  3. Flatten one ball into a 6″ patty in diameter.
  4. Place about 2 Tbsp of cheese in the centre of the dough and fold the cheese in so that the ends of the dough are tucked in at the bottom.
  5. Place the dough on a prepared baking tray or cookie sheet.
  6. Repeat Steps 3-5 for the remaining balls of dough.
  7. Using a pastry brush, apply the egg-milk mixture to the tops of the buns.
  8. Sprinkle tops with sesame seeds and Italiano seasoning.
  9. Place in a warm oven and let rise for about 20-30 minutes.
  10. Remove tray from the oven.  Heat oven to 400 F.  Then place tray back in the oven.
  11. Bake for about 20 minutes or until the tops are golden brown.
  12. Enjoy while hot!
Variation:  You can substitute the cheese with any kind you like!  I would definitely like to try feta next time.  Also, you can add some finely diced jalapeno peppers or olives to the cheese mixture for added flavour.

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