Cheese Dinner Rolls


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Once you make dinner roll dough and ferment it, you have many choices in how to make your rolls. You can divide and put the dough balls in a muffin tin. I also like to then cover in a cinnamon sugar to make a sweeter variation. I love this recipe as it is easy to make and so yummy. The total time from start to rolls out of the oven is only 2 hours 20 minutes.

In this recipe I form the dough into 8 boules, then place in an 8×3 round pan. After proofing an egg wash and cover in grated cheddar cheese and bake.

When I first made this variation with the grated cheese on top the melted cheese stuck to the pan. This made removing the rolls a challenge without damaging their appearance. The trick I found was putting parchment paper on the pan sides. This keeps the cheese in and the resulting loaf falls out of the pan.

Cheese Dinner Rolls
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Make a round dinner roll loaf covered in grated cheddar cheese.
Recipe type: Bread Rolls
Serves: 8" Roll Loaf
  • Water (~95°F, 35°C) - ¼ cup (59 g)
  • Milk (~95°F, 35°C) - ½ cup (122 g)
  • Yeast - Instant - 2.25 tsp (7 g)
  • Flour - All purpose - 2-2¼ cups (260-290 g)
  • Sugar - 2 TBSP (25 g)
  • Salt - ½ tsp (3 g)
  • Butter - 2 TBSP (28 g)
Optional Wash & Cheese
  • Egg - 1 (50 g)
  • Water - 1 TBSP (15 ml)
  • Cheddar cheese (grated) - ½ cup (60 g)
  1. Mix and warm water/milk
  2. Combine yeast and water/milk in mixer bowl. Let stand a few minutes
  3. Combine flour, sugar and salt in a bowl.
  4. Gradually add flour mixture and butter to mixer bowl
  5. Knead 8 minutes.

  6. Place the dough in a lightly greased bowl.
  7. Cling wrap bowl.
  8. Ferment for 45 minutes.

  9. Punch down. Divide dough into 12 pieces and round them.
  10. Grease the cake pan
  11. Tip: If you are going to put cheese on the top, place a piece of parchment paper around the pan inside to one inch above the edge. This will prevent melted cheese sticking to the pan and making it easier to remove the rolls.
  12. Arrange them in an 8x3 inch cake pan
  13. Proof 30 minutes.

Optional: Egg Wash and Cheddar Cheese
  1. Beat egg with water. Strain to remove egg white clumps
  2. Wash the surface with egg mixture
  3. Sprinkle grated cheddar cheese on the top

  4. Preheat the oven to 375°F/190°C/Gas 5.
  5. Bake for 25 minutes.

  6. Cool on a wire rack. May be served warm

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  1. Anne February 24, 2019

    These buns are delicious! I used a greased springform/cheesecake pan. It worked beautifully with no issues of cheese sticking.

    • Rich February 24, 2019

      Thanks Anne. Glad you liked them. You can also sprinkle on cinnamon sugar to make a breakfast version.

      I just ordered a USA Pan springform pan. USA Pans are coated in silicon so nothing sticks to them. The pan I was using in the shot was a simple aluminum pan. I found even if you spray with Pam or an anti-stick spray the cheese would stick.

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