These easy, tasty cheese rolls take the usual dinner rolls to a whole new level of amazingly flavorful deliciousness! They pair with practically anything to round out your family meals with a wonderful side of bread that the whole family will rave about!
1tablespoonheavy cream(or use half & half, or whole milk)
4ozcheddar cheese(1 cup grated cheese)
Combine warm water, sugar, and active dry yeast and stir until smooth. Set aside for 5 minutes until frothy.
1 ½ cups water, 2 tablespoon sugar, 1 tablespoon active dry yeast
Once the yeast is active, add flour then salt, and mix until the dough is smooth. Transfer the sticky dough into a clean bowl that has been coated in oil. Let rise in a warm place for 30-45 minutes or until doubled in size.
3 ½ cups all-purpose flour, 1 teaspoon salt
Transfer the dough onto a floured working surface, coat with flour enough to handle the dough, and roll into a log shape. Divide the dough into 12 portions and shape each portion into a ball (round the dough and pinch the ends together on the bottom side).
Use plenty of softened butter, oil, or non-stick cooking spray to generously coat a 9x13 baking pan. Place the shaped dough into your prepared 9x13 pan and cover with a warm, damp tea towel or plastic cling film. Let the dough rise for 10-15 minutes or until the rounded dough balls are touching each other.
Preheat your oven to 400°F (205°C) and combine the egg wash in a small bowl. Mix the egg yolk and cream together until smooth. Brush the egg wash over the rolls then top with your grated cheese in an even layer.
1 large egg yolk, 1 tablespoon heavy cream, 4 oz cheddar cheese
Bake in the center of the middle rack for 12-15 minutes or until golden and the cheese is fully melted. Remove from the oven when done and allow to cool slightly before serving.
I have found the perfect temperature for blooming active dry yeast to be 108°F (42°C).
Stir your water before checking the temperature with a digital thermometer (keeping the probe off the sides of your measuring cup).
Blooming the yeast first lets you test to make sure that old packet of yeast is still good.
Broil the rolls under low heat for a minute or two if you want a deeper color on your cheese topping.