By Kiran Asif
A beautiful looking bread which is soft like cotton and cheese filling makes it irresistible. Can be served with jam, jellies, honey or maple syrup. A perfect lunch box item which is mess free. Kids love to pull the buns apart!
- Flour 4-5 cups
- Milk 1 1/2 cup
- Water 1/4 cup
- Yeast 3/4 tbsp
- Salt 1/4 tsp
- Sugar 4 tbsp
- Butter 1/3 cup + 2 tsp
- Oil 1 tsp
- Egg 1 + 2 yolks
- Sesame seeds/ Black seeds 2 tbsp (optional)
- Cream cheese 8 oz block
- In a cup, pour warm water and add sugar and yeast. Let stand for 10 minutes till all frothy and foamy.
- In the mean time, mix salt and flour and keep aside.
- Melt the butter and add milk followed by the egg and pour in the yeast mix.
- Take four cups of flour and pour in the liquid. Knead the dough to a very smooth and soft consistency for about 10 mins. Add more flour if needed.
- Add 1 tsp of oil in a big bowl and coat all the sides.
- Make a ball of the dough and put in the oiled bowl. Flip the ball over to coat with oil from all sides. Cover with a plastic wrap and leave in a warm place like inside of your oven or on top of the fridge for 2 hours.
- Preheat the oven at 350 and start preparing your buns.
- After two hours, dough should be double in size. Punch it down to release all the air.
- Cut it in half and then quarters and then every quarter into 12 pieces.
- Cut cheese block into 1/2 tsp cubes.
- Grease two nine inches pans with 2 tsp spoon of butter.
- Flatten a piece of dough into a disc and put in a piece of cheese and pinch all the seems down to close it really well and form a ball. Put it in the prepared pan.
- Repeat the same process with remaining 47 balls and arrange them in baking pans in a honey comb pattern.
- Beat the egg yolks and brush on top of the buns. Sprinkle sesame seeds on top.
- Bake till golden brown on top around 25-30 mins.
- Kneading takes time so don’t hurry. If not kneaded properly you wont get soft buns.
- You can skip sesame seeds or replace them with back seeds according to your preference.
- Serve with honey or maple syrup for a sweet touch.
About the Author:
Kiran Asif was born and raised in Pakistan. Teacher by profession and a food blogger by passion. Working very hard to keep our plates healthy, chemical and preservative free in this challenging time. Trying to raise two energetic kids while making healthy choices in all aspects of life. She runs a food blog.