Cheddar Cheese Buns and Elves’ Shoes

Below is recipe for the white bread which you can shape and fill with all kinds of fillings including sausage, tuna fish, sardines etc. This is the kind of fancy bread commonly sold in bakeries back home in Singapore.

Ingredients for a 2 pound large dough (makes 32 buns):

1 1/2 cups of water at room temperature

3 tablespoons of unsalted butter

3 teaspoons of granulated sugar or honey

1 1/2 teaspoons of salt (I added only a pinch as the ham is salty)

4 cups of bread flour

1/4 cup of nonfat dry milk

2 teaspoon of active dry yeast

Ingredients for a 1 1/2 pound medium dough (makes 16 buns):

1 1/8 cups of water at room temperature

2 tablespoons + 1 teaspoon of unsalted butter

2 1/4 teaspoons of granulated sugar or honey

1 1/8 teaspoons of salt

3 cups of bread flour

3 tablespoon of nonfat dry milk

1 1/2 teaspoon of active dry yeast

Ingredients for a small 1 pound dough (makes 8 buns):

3/4 cups of water at room temperature

1 1/2 tablespoons of unsalted butter

1 1/2 teaspoons of granulated sugar or honey

3/4 teaspoons of salt

2 cups of bread flour

2 tablespoons of nonfat dry milk

1 teaspoon of active dry yeast

Filling for the Elves Shoes:

Oscar Meyer Ham

Kewpie (Japanese Mayonnaise)

Filling for the Cheddar Cheese Buns

Cheddar slices cheese

Castor sugar

Egg wash:

Ratio:

1 beaten egg : 1 tablespoon of water

Method for making the dough:

Use a bread machine, set it to white bread mode and remove the dough after the kneading and rising cycle, just before it starts baking.

If you don’t have a bread machine, you can use a cake mixer to knead the dough well for 20 minutes. Let the dough rise in a bowl covered with a damp cloth for 45 minutes at room temperature. Keep dividing the dough into halves until you get 32 small pieces of dough for a large 2 pound dough.

Methods for making the bread:

For the elves shoes, cut each piece of Oscar Meyer sliced ham into thirds. Make a small cut in the middle each piece of ham without cutting it all the way through. Then curl two pieces of ham with ends overlapping to form a circle. Next, press the two pieces of ham onto a flattened piece of round dough, fold the dough over the edge of the ham without covering it and pinch the ends tightly so it looks like an elf shoe. Fill the gap in the middle of the ham with kewpie and sprinkle some parsley flakes on top of the kewpie.

For the cheddar cheese buns, cut each slice of cheese in thirds. Then stack two pieces of cheese together, fold the dough over the edge of the cheese and sprinkle castor sugar on top of the cheese.

After shaping the bread, brush the egg wash over them.

Bake the bread at 350 degrees in the oven for 20 minutes.

Copyright 2012 From the Kitchen of Eloise

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