When my lovely blogging friends Jenny and Helen announced that they’ll run an online version of The Great British Bake Off – the Great Bloggers Bake Off – I knew that I wanted to get involved. I’m no master baker, in fact I’m not even a regular hobby baker, but I thought that this would be THE chance to get a little more confident in terms of baking. My nan is an avid baker and creates the most beautiful cakes and I’d really love to follow in her footsteps and be able to bake cakes that friends and family enjoy and maybe even want to recreate at home.
The Great Bloggers Bake Off is running for the second week now (I missed week one as I was on holiday, but more on that soon) and this week’s theme was bread. On the show, bakers made bread sticks, English muffins (crumpets) and wowed the judges with their bready showstoppers, but if I am honest, I panicked at the idea of making crumpets and bread sticks seemed a little boring – they’re probably not, if you really can bake, but hey ho. In the end, I decided to go for cheese buns.
When I formed the little bread roll shapes, I thought I had seriously messed them up, but after 12 minutes in the oven, they turned out lovely. Amy liked them so much, that she had two of them before I could even write this post, but try them yourself. Here’s the recipe
Ingredients for 12 small or 6 big cheese buns:
2tbsp dry yeast
1/2 pint warm water
2tbsp garlic powder
50g melted butter
50ml olive oil
dry parsley to taste
375g self-raising flour
250g grated cheese of your choice
1. Mix yeast and warm water in a bowl and set aside for a couple of minutes. Then add sugar and garlic powder as well as the melted butter, olive oil and parsley. Slowly fold in a little flower at a time and season with salt
2. Cover the dough with a wet cloth and leave to rise in a warm place, approximately 30 minutes. Preheat the oven to 190ºC.
3. Form 12 small rolls or 6 big rolls, sprinkle with cheese and place on a greased baking tray.
4. Bake at 190ºC for about 12-15 minutes or until the bread is golden brown. You want the cheese to be bubbly, they’re cheese buns after all!