Monday, 13 January 2014

Honeycomb bread

I have always been scared to try my hands on any thing related to dough until i tried this. It came out so soft and delicious that it was done with in minutes of coming out of the oven. Honey comb is a tender ball filled with soft creamy cheese. You can make it sweet by adding simple sugar syrup  after taking it out of the oven. I kept it plain and served honey on the sides. Here is how the recipe goes:


Flour                             4-5 cups
Milk                              1 1/2 cup
water                            1/4 cup
Yeast                            3/4 tbsp
salt                                1/4 tsp
Sugar                            4 tbsp
Butter                            1/3 cup + 2 tsp
oil                                  1 tsp
Egg                               1 + 2 yolks
Sesame Black seeds      2 tbsp (optional)
Cream cheese                8 oz block 


In a cup, warm the water and add sugar and yeast. Let stand for 10 minutes till all frothy and foamy.
In the mean time, mix salt and flour and keep aside.
Melt the butter and add milk followed by the egg. Pour it in the yeast mix.
Take four cups of flour in a large bowl and pour in the milk liquid. 
Knead the dough to a very smooth and soft consistency for about 10 mins. Add more flour if needed.
Add 1 tsp of oil in a big bowl and coat all the sides.
Make a ball of the dough and put in the oiled bowl. Flip the ball over to coat from all sides. Cover with a plastic wrap and leave in a warm place like inside of your oven or on top of the fridge for 2 hours.
Preheat the oven at 350 and start preparing your buns.
After two hours, dough should be double in size. Punch it down to release all the air.
Cut it in half and then quarters and then every quarter into 12 pieces. that would be 48 pieces and you can make 2 trays of honeycomb buns.
Cut cheese block into 2/3 tsp cubes. Its easy to cut the cheese when its cold.
Grease two nine inches pans with 2 tsp spoon of butter.
Flatten a piece of dough into a disc and put in a piece of cheese and pinch all the seems down to close it really well and form a ball. 
Repeat the same process with remaining 47 balls and arrange them in baking pans in a honey comb pattern.
Beat the egg yolks and brush on top of the buns. Sprinkle sesame seeds.
Bake till golden brown around 25-30 mins.

Kneading takes time so don't hurry. If not kneaded properly you won't get soft buns.
You can skip sesame seeds or replace them with back seeds according to your preference.
It is easy to handle the cheese when its cold.
Serve with honey or maple syrup for a sweet touch.

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