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Thursday, August 30, 2012

Jalapeno Cheddar Buns

I've been really into baking bread lately. I'm sure this obsession will continue into the cooler months. I've had this recipe bookmarked for a long time and I definitely should have made these sooner! These buns are fantastic. The cheese melts into the dough to create a cheese flavored bun and the jalapenos add a touch of spiciness. These buns take a sandwich and make it ten times better. I am never one to eat things plain and now I'm not sure I can go back to regular old sandwich buns. (Who am I kidding? I probably will, but these buns were THAT good.) I actually didn't use these buns for burgers, but for french dip beef sandwiches. I just toasted the buns before adding the meat and they held up really well to the dipping. And for those of you who think baking bread is too time-consuming, think again. The only time-consuming part is waiting for the dough to rise!

Jalapeno Cheddar Buns
Source: Confections of a Foodie Bride

1 package (2 1/4 tsp) yeast
1 cup lukewarm water
2 Tbsp oil (vegetable, canola, or olive) plus more for greasing bowl
2 large eggs
3 Tbsp sugar
3 1/4 cups flour
1 tsp salt
6 oz sharp cheddar, shredded
3 large jalapenos, seeded and chopped

1. Put the water in the bowl of a stand mixer, then sprinkle the yeast over the top. Let stand 10 minutes until the yeast is foamy.
2. Add the oil, ONE egg, and sugar to the bowl. Then add the flour, salt, cheddar cheese, and chopped jalapenos. Mix with the hook attachment on low speed until dough pulls away from the sides of the bowl. You may need to add flour by the tablespoon if the dough remains too wet.
3. Increase the speed to medium and knead the dough for 5 minutes.
4. Grease a large bowl with a little oil and transfer the dough to the bowl. Cover with a damp towel and place in a warm spot. Let rise for one to one and a half hours until doubled in size.
5. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Divide the dough into two sections. Divide each section into 4-6 pieces.
6. Roll each piece into a ball, then flatten with the palm of your hand. Place each dough piece onto a parchment lined baking sheet.
7. Cover with a damp towel and let rise for 20 minutes.
8. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and allow the dough to continue to rest while the oven preheats.
9. Whisk the egg with 1 Tablespoon water in a small dish.
10. Brush the top of each dough piece with the egg wash.
11. Bake for 20-30 minutes, until golden brown. Let rest for at least 10 minutes before slicing.
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  1. I'm so glad you like them! They're my absolute favorite bread-thing.

    1. I did notice that they didn't come out as fluffy as yours, but I always have that problem! Regardless, they were still delicious!

  2. I love jalapeno cheddar anything, I will have to try and adapt it for my bread machine.

  3. YUM! I love just about anything with jalapenos and cheddar.