Cheesy Bread Rolls

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Get ready for a batch of amazing homemade bread rolls that are even better than what you get at a restaurant! Here’s an easy-to-follow recipe for 12 rolls that will make your dreams come true.

Cheesy Bread Rolls

Total Time 3 hours
Course Appetizer
Servings 12 rolls


  • 2/3 cup whole milk
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons yeast
  • 2 1/2 cups bread flour
  • 1 tablespoon milk powder such as Nido
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter softened
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese optional, for all rolls
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 to 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • A few leaves of chopped parsley
  • Egg + milk for egg wash

For the Tangzhong:

  • 1 tablespoon bread flour
  • 6 tablespoons whole milk


  • Start by making the tangzhong. Mix 1 tablespoon of bread flour with 6 tablespoons of whole milk on low heat until it forms a thick paste. Add this to the rest of the bread ingredients (excluding butter) and knead in a standing mixer with a hook attachment for 7-8 minutes at medium-high speed until the dough starts coming together.
  • Add the softened butter and knead for an additional 5-7 minutes until the dough becomes smooth. If making by hand, the dough may be sticky, so avoid adding too much more flour.
  • Cover the dough and let it rise for 60-90 minutes, or until it doubles in size.
  • Once risen, divide the dough into 12 equal portions. Roll each into a ball using your palms. Flatten each ball slightly and add 1-2 spoons of cheese to the center. Pinch together the edges and roll again. Place onto a 9×13” pan lined with parchment paper, seam side down.
  • Repeat for the other pieces. You can skip the cheese for some rolls if you prefer.
  • Brush the rolls generously with egg wash and let them rise again for 30 minutes.
  • Preheat the oven to 350°F. Brush with egg wash once again and bake for 18-20 minutes until golden.
  • While the rolls are baking, melt butter in a nonstick pan over medium heat. Add garlic, sauté for 1 minute, then turn off the heat and mix in parsley.
  • Brush the warm rolls with the butter and enjoy! These store well in an airtight container at room temperature for a couple of days; just toast before eating.

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