Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Cheese Stuffed Crusty Rolls

Cheese stuffed crusty rolls

Choosing something doesn’t always have to be a difficult task – and that coming from the one who can take forever to decide which recipe to prepare is quite an improvement. Sometimes, we just know where to find it.

If you have a twisted, weird, crazy-looking role, you get Gary Oldman. Very simple. And if you want beautiful, delicious, out of this world desserts, you just go to Helen’s blog. But she can bake some seriously good savory recipes as well – yeah, I know, there’s nothing to be surprised here. :)

The cheese stuffed crusty rolls she posted in May were fantastic and the idea of using herbes de Provence in their filling sounded brilliant.

I have a challenge for you: make these and DO NOT eat them all the minute they are out of the oven. :)

Cheese stuffed crusty rolls

Cheese Stuffed Crusty Rolls

1 ¼ cups (175g) bread flour
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon instant yeast
½ cup (120ml) cool water

all of the starter
1 cup (240ml) + 2 tablespoons to 1 ¼ cups (300ml) lukewarm water – I used 300ml
½ teaspoon salt
3 ½ cups (490g) all purpose flour
½ teaspoon instant yeast

1 ½ cups (280g/10oz) grated Monterey Jack cheese – I used the yellow mozzarella we have here, that seems to be really similar to Monterey Jack
1 cup grated parmesan
2 tablespoons herbes de Provence

Cheese stuffed crusty rolls

To make the starter: mix the 1 ¼ cups flour, salt, yeast, and ½ cup water in a medium-sized bowl. Mix till well combined. Cover with plastic and let rest overnight at room temperature.

Make the filling: mix well all the ingredients in a bowl. Set aside.

To make the dough: combine the risen starter with the water, salt, flour, and yeast. Knead by hand or with a stand mixer for a few minutes (I went with 5 minutes by hand, like Helen did). Place it in a lightly greased bowl, cover, and let it rise for 1 ½ to 2 hours, until it’s nearly doubled in size. Gently deflate the dough, and pat and stretch it into a ¾ inch-thick rectangle, about 9x12in (23x30cm). Spritz with water, and sprinkle with the grated cheese and the herbs. Starting with a long side, roll it into a log, pinching the seam to seal. Place the log, seam-side down, on a lightly floured or lightly oiled surface. Cover it and let it rise for 1 to 1 ½ hours, till it’s puffy though not doubled in size. Towards the end of the rising time, preheat the oven to 220ºC/425ºF. Gently cut the log into four crosswise slices, for mini-breads; or simply cut the dough in half, for two normal-sized loaves. Place them on one (for two loaves) or two (for four mini-loaves) lightly greased or parchment-lined baking sheets, cut side up. Spread them open a bit, if necessary, to more fully expose the cheese and close the other end. Spritz with warm water, and immediately place them in the preheated oven. Bake for 20 minutes (for the mini-loaves), or 35 minutes (for the full-sized loaves), or until the cheese is melted and the loaves are a very deep golden brown. Remove them from the oven, and cool on a rack.

Note: You can also roll the log and cut 12 slices from it and set them on a parchment paper lined baking sheet and proceed with the recipe as written.

Cheese stuffed crusty rolls


Anonymous said...


We had so much baking those together that day and Helen's were definitely some of the best looking and sounding (not that ANY of us had issues with the taste of this recipe)

I'm so glad you enjoyed them as well. In fact, looking at your lovely version has made me add them to my weekend bake list!


Meeta K. Wolff said...

oh my this looks soo good - soft, tender and sooo cheesy. Lovely!

Deborah said...

Cheese in bread? Does it get any better than this???

Brilynn said...

I've got some dough in the fridge that definitely needs to have cheese added to it so that I can have cheesy bread too!

Sophie said...

This is definitely a recipe worth holding on to! This would taste so fantastic with some soup...but, to be honest, I could eat them anytime; I'm addicted to tasty carbs like these savory rolls! :)

Unknown said...

They definetely look tasty

Arundathi said...

(groan) just had dinner and want those rolls now! off to the kitchen to make the starter - thanks!

Kelly-Jane said...

I'm the same just had dinner and would like one of those beautiful cheesy rolls!

Anonymous said...

Oh my goodness garacious, I just have to make these...how divine and delicious they look and sound.

Anonymous said...

I know I won't be able to restrain myself to eat them all because I love cheese so much.
Your crusty rolls look so very delicious!

Helene said...

Ok, I am seriously blushing over here... :)
It's hard not to rip into them as soon as they come out of the oven! You did a fabulous job!
Sorry if I am not around more often these days and for the next several months. I am reading though!

Dita said...

you've made it! I already bookmarked this recipe at Helen's but haven't got a chance to make this!.

So cheesy, just give it to me, I will eat them all :D

Peter G | Souvlaki For The Soul said...

Cheese, herbs and bread! More of life's essentials...absolutely scrumptious Patricia.

Lisa said...

I just love how you do such great and exotic things with cheese. These rolls look delicious!

Lydia (The Perfect Pantry) said...

I'd give up a year of sweets for a week of cheese-y breads! These look absolutely delicious. Send me some???

Peabody said...

Cheese and bread are pretty much the worlds best combo.

test it comm said...

Those look good! Cheese breads are one of my favorites!

Manggy said...

Gurrl, I think I would FAIL that challenge in a heartbeat, haha! That cheesy deliciousness all golden and crusty is just beautiful!

Stella said...

Goodness me! I think it'd be VERY VERY hard not to eat them straight out of the oven Pat. I can just imagine the irresistible smell of it!

Katie said...

I will have to try this recipe and soon it looks so good.

Anonymous said...

Oh, Patricia, I'd gladly accept the do-not-eat-them-all challenge, but my alter ego may have other plans the instant they come out of the oven.

eatme_delicious said...

Ooo yummm I love bread and I love cheese! These look so good.

Y said...

*sigh* I'm just about to have breakfast, and could certainly do with some of those rolls. I love the crusty cheesy bits on top!

Jaime said...

i saw these on helen's blog and have been wanting to try them! they look super delicious and now i think i have to try them!

LyB said...

So golden and puffy and cheesy! Could you mail me a few? If you have any left, that is! ;)

Elle said...

Those are beautiful! I'm sure I would eat them all as soon as they were cool enough that I wouldn't burn my tongue...or sooner :)

Emily said...

Cheese and bread....MY FAVORITE!

Patricia Scarpin said...

Mary, my dear, that group is amazing. So many talented people, not to mention generous and kind.
Thank you for you words, my friend.

Meeta, very cheesy! :)

Deb, I don't think it does, darling! :)

Bri, go ahead, sweetie! :)

Sophie, carbs are irresistible... :)

Mindy, thank you!

Arundathi, I'd love to hear your opinion about them and I'm sure Helen would too!

Kelly-Jane, thank you, darling!

Cathy, Helen's recipesa are wonderful.

Linda, I love cheese, too, dear!

Helen, you go and put all your talent and love into your book, because I can't wait to have my copy, my dear friend. ;)

Dita, I'm sure yours will be amazing.

Pete, the herbs give a nice touch here.

Lisa, I love cheese in just about anything. :)

Lydia, have as many as you want, darling!

Pea, I think you are right.

Kevin, thank you!

Mark, I know, because I failed it too! :)

Stella, very hard, indeed! :)

Katie, do try it.

Marysol, it's a hard task, I have to warn you. ;)

Ashley, thank you!

Y, I miss them now that they are gone. lol

Jaime, do try them, dear!

LyB, I'll bake you a fresh batch, sweetie!

Elle, I have burned my tongue many times so far, patience is not one of my qualities. :)

Emiline, mine too! :)

aforkfulofspaghetti said...

I love cheese bread/pastry of any kind, so this is an instant winner for me!

Zoe Francois said...

I love the addition of herbs de Provence with the cheese. I have a big batch of bread dough in my fridge that I will try this combination with. Thanks for the inspiration.

Anonymous said...

These look gorgeous, you are making me seriously hungry this morning. And apologies, I've just realised you are not on my blogroll so adding as I type.

Anonymous said...

Oh wonderful. These look like they would melt in your mouth!

Learning Spanish at 41 said...

I can almost smell the photos these look so good! And me off of bread/carbs...*sigh* :-)

Sunshinemom said...

My daughter wanted my version, but I think I will surprise her with this one! It looks too good to be just ogled at!

Jeanne said...

I think I would fail at the challenge... How can you resist these? At university, friends of mine were bored one day and made up variations on the Simon and Garfunkel song about "I'd rather be the hammer than the nail". After things like "I'd rather be the bucket than the pail", "I'd rather be successful than to fail" etc etc, somebody came up with "I'd rather be a cheese roll than some guacamole", to which I replied "I'd rather be a cheese roll than just about anything". I rest my case!

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