Sweet Yeast Rolls with Cheese Filling [My Grandma’s Baking – Part II]

Sweet Yeast Rolls with Cheese Filling – the Story of One Little Trick

It was my Grandmother who taught me how to correctly and successfully prepare yeast dough. But only recently I found out how she had learnt that skill.

My Grandmother comes from times when girls were involved in the kitchen helping their mothers and grandmothers from an early age on. But those were also tough times (my Grandma was born after the World War I) when food was precious and limited. So nobody thought or certainly had the ingredients, to cook sophisticated dishes.

My Grandmother got married as a very young woman. By that time she could already cook very well simple, but tasty meals all the other women in her area were preparing too. Sometime later she moved to a new place with her husband and small children. And there she realised she didn’t know at all how to bake popular in that area yeast cakes.

Luckily she had a neighbour who was very good at making them. So one day when my Grandma met her, she casually led their conversation into the cake subject. She asked what the neighbour did for her yeast cakes always turned out so beautiful and fluffy. The flattered lady explained in details her steps of yeast cake preparation, including all the essential tips. My grandma, being too embarrassed to admit she had never baked a yeast cake before, responded only: “Oh, this is exactly how I prepare my cakes”. Then she quickly went back home and put this newly gained knowledge into practice!

And I am so grateful my Grandma tricked this lady to reveal her secrets. Because not only she became the master of yeast cakes, but she also passed this knowledge onto me. And thanks to it I was able to make these delicious and fluffy Sweet Yeast Rolls with Cheese Filling.


Sweet Yeast Rolls with Cheese Filling [My Grandma’s Baking - Part II]

Delicious rolls made from sweet yeast dough, with cheese filling.
Servings 12 pieces
Prep Time 40 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Passive Time 120 minutes

Ingredients

Yeast dough:
Cheese filling:
Icing:

Instructions

  1. Warm up the milk. It should be warm but not hot, hot milk will “kill” yeast.
  2. Pour half the milk to a cup, add 2 tbsp of sugar and the yeast, stir it and leave till it rises.
  3. Melt the butter.
  4. Beat the egg yolks with the rest of sugar till creamy.
  5. Put the flour and salt to a big bowl, add the milk and beaten egg yolks and knead for a minute until more or less combined; add the yeast mixture and knead for 1-2 minutes and finally add the melted butter. Knead the dough until it is smooth (however small lumps are fine) and it doesn’t stick to your hand anymore. It should take about 5-7 minutes.
  6. Leave the bowl with the dough in a warm place until it doubles in size. Depending on the temperature, it can take between 1 and 2 hours.
  7. Prepare the cheese filling by mixing with an electric mixer the cheese, egg yolk, sugar and vanilla extract.
  8. Cover a bottom of a big baking tray with baking paper.
  9. Transfer the dough onto a kitchen surface dusted lightly with flour; spread it into a shape of rectangle roughly 25x35cm. The best way to do it is with your hands but make sure you cover your hands with oil at first to prevent the dough from sticking to them.
  10. Spread the cheese feeling on top of the dough, roll it (along the shorter side) and cut it into approx. 12 slices. Arrange them on the baking tray and leave the buns to rise (approx. 10-15 min.)
  11. Preheat an oven to 180 Celsius degrees (fan oven).
  12. When the rolls have risen, place the tray in the hot oven and bake for 25-30 min.
  13. Mix the icing sugar with water and swirl the icing on top of the baked rolls.
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