Stuffed Cheese Buns

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Everyone has told me that the best thing to bake when you’re stressed is some form of bread, as the kneading let’s you work out the stress, so I decided to try this little old wives tale for myself yesterday. I discovered these little delights on Pinterest (again!) and had to try them. What’s not to love about warm cheesy doughy bites?!

To make these bites of heaven you’ll need;
1 cup warm water (make sure it’s not too warm or you’ll kill the yeast.)
2 tablespoons yeast (about 10g)
2 tablespoons sugar
1 garlic clove, chopped as finely as you possibly can
1/4 cup melted butter
1/4 cup olive oil
3 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons salt
1 ball of mozzarella
Some grated Parmesan and another cheese of your choice (I used compte)
3 tablespoons of melted butter, with some herbs (fresh or dried – I used oregano and thyme, but next time I want to use rosemary!)
The first thing I have to tell you is that this recipe is messy! So get an apron on and be prepared to clean the kitchen after. 
Mix the yeast and the water in a jug and allow them to ferment for a minute or two. Add the sugar, garlic glove, melted butter, olive oil and flour into a bowl. Once the yeast has fermented pop this in as well. If you’re using a KitchenAid or a mixer (which I would have, had I been at home), use the dough hook and let it work its magic for about 10 minutes.

If you’re working by hand mix this all together with your hand (and take any rings off!) until it all comes together in a sticky ball. Flour a surface or a chopping board and start needing it. Don’t panic, it takes a while to come together. Just make sure that your surface is adequately floured, so keep adding more if you have to. If you put a little olive oil on your hands this also helps, and has the major advantage of being great for your skin. 

Once you’ve kneaded it into submission so that it’s a nice ball, pop it back in your greased baking bowl, cover with cling film and a damp tea towel and let it rise in a warm place for half an hour. 
Put your risen dough onto a chopping board and slice it into strips. This is the best, most malleable dough I’ve ever worked with, so this step is easy as pie. Chop the strips into bite sized chunks (I made 26 with my dough), and fill each little bite with a chunk of mozzarella. Wrap the dough around these cheese and pinch at the edges to seal the little packets. Put the pinched side down on a greased baking sheet and repeat for all your buns. 

Press a little of your herb/cheese mixture into top of each bun before you put them into the oven for about 15 minutes (depending on their size). 

The buns should be golden brown and the cheese should be oozing everywhere. Ideal! 

Drizzle with the warm butter and serve. Try not to salivate on them! These make great nibbles for festive drinks, or as part of a sharing platter for lunch. Whatever you bake them for, just be sure to bake them. Tag me on Instagram when you do, I can’t wait to see them!

Original recipe here

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