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Cheesy Pesto Swirl Buns

February 23, 2021

These Cheesy Pesto Swirl Buns are easy, doughy, swirled with cheddar cheese and basil pesto. Serve as an easy appetizer or side dish!2 Cheesy Pesto Swirl Buns
In the bowl of a stand mixer with a dough hook, mix the milk, eggs, honey, and yeast until combined. With the mixer on low, slowly add the butter. Add the flour and salt, then mix on low until flour is mostly absorbed. Turn speed up to medium and mix for 7 to 8 minutes, until the dough begins to pull away from the sides of the bowl. Transfer dough to a large greased bowl, cover with plastic wrap, and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.
3 Cheesy Pesto Swirl Buns
While the dough is rising, make the filling.
4 Cheesy Pesto Swirl BunsTurn out the dough onto a lightly floured surface. Use a rolling pin to roll dough into a 10 inch by 16 inch rectangle. Spread the pesto filling evenly over the dough, then sprinkle with the cheeses.5 Cheesy Pesto Swirl BunsStarting with the end closest to you, roll up the dough into a tight log. Use a sharp knife to cut into 16 buns.6 Cheesy Pesto Swirl BunsTransfer buns to the prepared baking sheet, spaced about 1 inch apart. Brush tops with 2 tablespoons of the melted butter, then cover loosely with plastic wrap. Let rise in a warm place for 30 minutes.1 Cheesy Pesto Swirl BunsBake buns for 25-30 minutes, until golden brown. Brush with remaining melted butter, then serve warm.

 

Cheesy Pesto Swirl Buns
Makes 16

Dough:
1 cup whole milk, warm (110°F)
2 eggs, lightly beaten
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled to room temperature
1 tablespoon honey
2 ¼ teaspoons instant dry yeast
4 cups all-purpose flour
¾ teaspoon kosher salt

Filling:
¼ cup prepared pesto
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
¼ teaspoon kosher salt
1/8 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1 ¾ cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
½ cup shredded Parmesan cheese

4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and separated

 

In the bowl of a stand mixer with a dough hook, mix the milk, eggs, butter, honey, and yeast on low speed until combined. Add the flour and salt, then mix on low until flour is mostly absorbed. Turn speed up to medium and mix for 7 to 8 minutes, until the dough begins to pull away from the sides of the bowl. Transfer dough to a large greased bowl, cover with plastic wrap, and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.

While the dough is rising, make the filling. Mix together the pesto, melted butter, salt and red pepper flakes.

Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper; set aside.

Turn out the dough onto a lightly floured surface. Use a rolling pin to roll dough into a 10 inch by 16 inch rectangle. Spread the pesto filling evenly over the dough, then sprinkle with the cheeses. Starting with the end closest to you, roll up the dough into a tight log. Use a sharp knife to cut into 16 buns. Transfer buns to the prepared baking sheet, spaced about 1 inch apart. Brush tops with 2 tablespoons of the melted butter, then cover loosely with plastic wrap. Let rise in a warm place for 30 minutes.

Bake buns for 25-30 minutes, until golden brown. Brush with remaining melted butter, then serve warm.

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