◇ Zaatar and Cheese Buns ◇


Ingredients :

1½ cup All purpose flour
1 tsp yeast (active dry)
1 tbsp Sugar
Salt to taste (a small pinch)
2 tbsp butter
½ cup milk


Method :

For buns :

Sift the flour, sugar and salt together.
Dissolve the yeast in 2 tbsp lukewarm water, add a small pinch of sugar in it.
Let the yeast sit for 10 minutes till it foams.

In a bowl add butter and milk together, heat it till the butter melts.

The temperature should be lukewarm. If it is too hot, then let it sit for 5 minutes.
Make a well in the center of flour, add the yeast mixture and butter-milk together in the flour. Mix it, draw the flour towards the center till all the flour is used up.

On a lightly flour dusted surface, knead the dough for 10 minutes, till it become smooth.
Rest the dough in a greased bowl, cover with kitchen towel and let it rise in a warm place till it becomes double in volume.

Rising will take around 45 min to one hour time depending upon the ambient temperature.
Punch down the dough, release the air bubbles from it, knead it for 3 more minutes.

Grease a 8 * 8 square baking pan .

Cut the dough equally into 9 portions, shape it into smooth rounds and place them in the greased baking pan, leaving approximately ¼ inch place in between.

Dough balls should not touch each other.
Let the dough balls rise for another 45 minutes.
Brush them with butter, olive oil, egg wash, honey or whatever feels good for you.
Bake them in a preheated oven at 375 F for 15 – 20 minutes.

Increase the temperature to 400 F and bake for another 5 minute.   (Total baking time will be 20 – 25 minutes)
Cool it over the wire racks, brush it with more melted butter to keep it soft and serve immediately.

Notes :

Recipe for buns is tried, tasted and tested. I have made it several times and measurements are accurate to the best of my knowledge.
While baking, adjust your oven temperature accordingly. Buns will be very soft.

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