Jalapeño Cheddar Rolls

Marc Matsumoto

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Jalapeño Cheddar Rolls

As a kid, one of my favorite snacks after a long day at school, was a piece of Jalapeno cheese bread from the supermarket. It was a free-form loaf covered in a crusty lava flow of caramelized cheddar, studded with slices of pickled jalapenos. I relished the way one bite would be an explosion of nutty caramelized cheddar, while the next bite might light my mouth on fire with a rush of capsaicin and vinegar. Beneath the crust, the tender bread hid pockets of cheddar that made eating a piece a bit like mining for gold.

The other day I was craving this childhood favorite, but given how much pickled jalapenos cost here, I decided to do a more elegant take on the rustic loaves I grew up on. This is essentially a brioche-based cinnamon roll with the cheese and jalapenos substituted in for the cinnamon and sugar. Rolled up, sliced and stuffed into a brownie pan, the dough erupts into towering rolls of buttery bread layered with cheese and jalapenos.

Jalapeño Cheddar Rolls

By rolling the dough fairly thin before you roll it, the cheese creates a kind of laminated dough, with layers of flaky buttery bread and cheese. To ensure I get a pocket of cheese in every roll, I add a bit of extra cheese in the center of the roll, which melts into a reservoir of gooey cheddar in the center.

Jalapeño Cheddar Rolls

I figured these would turn out pretty good (I mean how can you go wrong by layering brioche with lots of cheese?), but to call these pretty good would be a bit like calling the sun warm, or Donald Trump self-assured. If the insanely hunger inducing aroma of baking bread, butter and caramelizing cheese aren't enough to entice you while they bake, then you'll certain be sold when you pull one of the rolls apart from the rest, crackling as the crisp cheddar encrusted exterior gives way to a flaky, buttery interior with swirls of melted cheese and peppered with slices of jalapeno.

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Jalapeño Cheddar RollsAs a kid, one of my favorite snacks after a long day at school, was a piece of Jalapeno cheese bread from the supermarket. It was a free-form loaf covered in a crusty lava flow of caramelized cheddar, studded with slices of pickled jalapenos. I relished the way one bite would be an explosion of nutt...

Summary

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  • Coursebread
  • Cuisineamerican
  • Yield9 rolls 9 roll
  • Cooking Time30 minutesPT0H30M
  • Preparation Time15 minutesPT0H15M
  • Total Time45 minutesPT0H45M

Ingredients

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1/2 cup
Milk – whole
2 tablespoons
Sugar - evaporated cane juice
2 teaspoons
Dry yeast
285 grams
Bread flour (about 2 1/4 cups)
4 tablespoons
Butter – cultured unsalted
1/2 teaspoon
Salt
2
Large eggs
240 grams
Cheddar cheese (shredded about 2 cups)
120 grams
Pickled jalapeno slices (about 1 cups)

Steps

  1. Heat the milk until warm, about 105 degrees F (40 C). Stir in the sugar, yeast, and 1/3 of the flour. Cover and let this mixture rest in a warm place until it's doubled in size.
    Jalapeño Cheddar Rolls
  2. Put the butter and salt in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment and beat until the butter is soft and creamy. Add the eggs, one at a time until fully incorporated (it's okay if the mixture looks a little chunky).
  3. Add the yeast mixture to the mixer along with the remaining flour and mix to combine. Switch to the dough hook and knead until the dough is smooth and elastic.
  4. Turn the dough out onto a well floured surface and roll it out into an 18 x 18 inch square (45 cm x 45 cm).
  5. Sprinkle evenly with cheese, putting a little extra cheese towards the edge closest to you and then scatter the drained jalapenos evenly over the top.
    Jalapeño Cheddar Rolls
  6. Roll the dough up and then slice the roll into thirds and then slice each third into 3 wheels.
    Jalapeño Cheddar Rolls
  7. Arrange them in a 8" x 8" non-stick pan, cover with a damp towel and let it rise in a warm place. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
    Jalapeño Cheddar Rolls
  8. When the dough has risen to fill the pan, place it in the preheated oven and bake until golden brown (30-40 minutes).
    Jalapeño Cheddar Rolls

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