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Garlic and Mozzarella Swirl Buns

This isn’t really a new recipe but a rehash of my earlier Super Garlicky Cheesy Tear’n’Share Loaf.  Its a great way of making savoury bread rolls and they’re just as super soft and moreish as the original loaf.

Also, lets please all take a moment to check out the new board I received for my birthday – all personalised and everything!

Makes 18

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Ingredients – For the Dough:

90ml (6 tbsp) Water
2 x 7g sachets Fast-Acting Dried Yeast
500g Strong White Flour – I sometimes substitute White Spelt Flour
50g Caster Sugar
1 tbsp Sea Salt Flakes
40g Salted Butter or Low Fat Spread
2 Eggs
140ml Skimmed or Semi-Skimmed Milk

Ingredients – For the Filling and Topping:

250g Salted Butter
3 tbsp Garlic Paste
1 tbsp Sea Salt Flakes
2 tbsp Fresh (Or Dried) Oregano
150g Pre Grated Mozzarella Cheese


To make the bread:

Add 6 tbsp of fairly warm (not hot) Water to a small bowl and add 2 x 7g sachets Fast-Acting Dried Yeast and 50g Caster Sugar. Whisk to combine a little (it won’t combine properly) and set aside.

Measure 500g Strong White Flour and  1 tbsp Sea Salt Flakes into a large mixing bowl and stir to combine.

Tip – If you have stand mixer or a processor with a dough hook, this is an ideal time to use it.  Some electric hand whisks also come with dough hooks in which case break those out after the next step. You can stir and knead by hand but why would you if you don’t have to?!

Add 40g Salted Butter or Low Fat Spread, 2 Eggs, the by now frothy yeast and water mix and 140ml Skimmed or Semi-Skimmed Milk to the flour and stir until a dough is formed.

Tip – The dough will be quite soft and sticky – this is a good thing!

Knead the dough until is it smooth and super stretchy – a good 10 minutes if kneading by hand, if not a bit longer – 5 to 7 minutes if using an electric mixer.

Tip – Knead the dough on a floured surface but try not to add too much extra flour to the dough as this will dry it out. If it feels like its getting a bit dry, knead in a little more milk or water. 

Leave the dough in a large covered bowl somewhere warm for about an hour to rise – it should about double in size.

Tip – You can just leave this on the side in the kitchen but it’ll take twice as long. An airing cupboard or similar is ideal but I don’t have one so depending on the time of year, I usually put one of my ovens onto a super low heat and pop it in there – I’ve been burnt by doing this on occasion by being impatient and its started to cook the dough a little by having it on too high a heat. Don’t do this! You could also warm the oven a little, pop the dough in and then turn the oven off – just don’t keep opening the door to let the residual heat out.

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While the dough is rising, make the garlic butter and cheese mix.

Take 250g Salted Butter which is room temperature or a little softer and mix in 3 tbsp Garlic Paste, 2 tbsp Fresh Oregano and 1 tbsp Sea Salt Flakes.

Tip – If you use the microwave to soften the butter, I usually do, I’m not organised enough to take it out the fridge in advance, cut it into small squares first and spread them out on a plate. Blitz for no more than 5 seconds at a time. This way its more evenly softened rather than big block which will melt on the outside and stay solid in the middle.

Stir in 150g Pre Grated Mozzarella Cheese to the garlic butter mix.

Tip – Don’t be tempted to use fresh Mozzarella cheese here, it’ll be far too wet as would cream cheese or any other soft cheese like brie. The pre grated stuff has all the joy and stringyness of mozzarella but it’s quite dry – also best for pizza toppings I think. You could however use something stronger like cheddar or gouda but you’ll lose some of the gooey joy. A mixture would probably work. 

Set the butter mix aside while the dough finishes rising – aim for room temp – don’t refrigerate or you won’t be able to spread it.

Once doubled, take off the covering and give the dough a good punch down.

Cut the dough into 2 equalish size pieces and place one back under a covering for the time being. Roll the first into a rectangle about 1/2 cm thick.  It will fight back, keep going, it will roll out and stay eventually.

Take 1/2 of the garlic and cheese mix and spread over the rectangle of dough – try and make it a fairly evenly spread and right to the edges.

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Roll the rectangle tightly into a long sausage and then using the sharpest knife you have, cut the roll into 9 pieces of equal length. I cut the whole thing into thirds, then each third into three for maximum evenness.

Put the rolls on their ends in a large lined baking tray – I used a really big one, you could use 2 smaller with 9 rolls in each if needed.

Tip – you need to leave much more space between the rolls that you think you need to. They expand much more than you think they’re going to so don’t overpack them or they will end up excessively tight textured. 

Repeat with the second half of the dough until you have 18 rolls.

Lightly cover the tin and leave to rise, exactly the same as before for 1 hour. The dough should puff out and get  closer to filling the tin.

Bake the rolls in the preheated oven for 20-30 minutes until golden brown.

Eat warm. I’m drooling writing this!

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