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Monday, January 28, 2013

Caprese Cheese Buns

These little bundles of cheesy goodness are evil. Why are they evil? Because between 4 of us we pretty much polished off a whole tray of them.
They. Were. That. Good.
And really easy and fast to make. You can pretty much stuff them with anything you like...I like all things cheese, basil and tomato so decided on that route!
First decide on your filling and toppings. Prep them and set aside.
In your mixing bowl add 1 package of Instant Dry yeast (about 2 Tbsp) to 1 Cup of warm water. Let the yeast hand out in there for a couple minutes.
Next add 2 Tbsp White Granulated Sugar, 1/4 cup of Melted Butter, 1/4 Cup Canola OR Olive Oil and 2 Tsp Garlic Powder. Mix this together.
Using the dough hood attachment slowly add 3 Cups of All Purpose flour while mixing on medium speed. Add 2 Tsp of Salt and allow the mixer to knead the dough for about 7-10 Minutes. Grease the bowl and cover with a damp tea towl. Allow to rise in a nice warm area for about 30 Minutes or so.

Once the dough is ready break off a piece about the size of the palm of your hand.
Use your fingers to make a little well in the ball and add your cheese and basil
Fold over the dough and pinch until you have a nice little ball.

Arrange the dough balls seam side down in a greased pan.
Top the buns with thin tomato slices and more grated cheese (I used a mixture of Cheddar, Mozzarella and Parmesan). Bake in a 375F oven for about 20-25 Minutes or until the bread is golden brown.
While the buns are cooking prepare a bowl with some melted butter, dried Italian herbs and more garlic powder.
When the buns are fresh and hot out of the oven, brush them with the butter and herb mixture.
Break the buns apart and chow down!

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