What's Baking: Peeta's Cheesy Buns

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You know, I really loved the Hunger Games trilogies in book format, but I kinda hate going to see the movies. I already know what is going to happen and the anticipation of seeing unhappy scenes on screen kills me.

I had to really convince myself to go see Catching Fire in the theaters because there were so many scenes I wasn't prepared to see in any format other that the images created in my mind from reading the words.

What does that have to do with What's Baking? Well, the theme of 'baking with bread' was decided back in January (when Mockingjay was still in theaters and Tom and I were finally getting around to going) and I found that I had pinned this recipe forever and ever ago. In tribute to Peeta and the terrible stuff he endures in Mockingjay, I bring you Peeta's Cheesy Buns.


Peeta's Cheesy Buns
Source: Yammie's Noshery
Servings: 20 buns
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Ingredients:
    • 1 cup warm water (110 degrees)
    • 1 packet dry active yeast
    • 2 tbsp. sugar
    • 2 tsp. garlic powder
    • 6 tbsp. butter, divided
    • 1/4 cup olive oil
    • 3 cups all-purpose flour
    • 2 tsp. salt
    • 8 oz. fresh mozzarella cubed
    • 1 egg
    • 1 tbsp. water
    • 1/3 cup shredded cheddar
    • grated Parmesan cheese
    • 2 tbsp. butter, melted
    • dried parsley
Directions:
1. Pour the water and sugar in the bowl of your stand mixer with the dough hook attached. Sprinkle the yeast on top and allow to sit for 5 minutes.
2. Melt 4 tbsp. of the butter.Then add the garlic powder, melted butter and olive oil.
3. With the mixer on low speed, add in the flour 1/2 to 1 cup at a time. Then add the salt. Increase the speed slightly and allow the dough to come together, allowing the machine to knead it for 10 minutes. 4. Lightly grease a large bowl. Turn out the dough into the bowl, turning over once to coat. Cover with damp paper towels and allow to rise for 30 minutes.
5. Preheat the oven to 375. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
6. Lightly flour a surface and turn out the the dough. Divide into 20 equal sized portions.
7. Place a cube of the mozzarella cheese in the center of the dough and pull the dough around it to cover it completely, pinching the ends to seal. Place seam-side down on the prepared baking sheet. Repeat with remaining dough.
8. Whisk together one egg with the water and brush over the dough. Sprinkle the shredded cheddar and Parmesan over the dough.
9. Bake for 11-15 minutes or until golden brown.
10. Sprinkle with dried parsley and serve warm.



Melty cheese inside of a soft warm bun. How in the world could you possibly go wrong? You can't. So there you have the ultimate comfort food - cheese and bread all warmed and melty together.



Make these. You'll thank me. And don't forget to go check out our host Heather's blog - Hezzi-D's Books and Cooks

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