One of my fondest memories from my childhood was going to my grandparents’ house after school. My grandpa loved to eat (that must be where I get my love of food), and he would always have a snack waiting for me.
One of my favorite snacks that he would make was a slice of extra-sharp cheddar cheese on a piece of my grandma’s freshly-baked bread. I love bread. I love cheese. I love anything that combines the two. So it would probably make sense that I could not get enough of these Cheese-Stuffed Pretzel Buns the first time I tried them. They brought back memories of my favorite after-school snack, and I think I’ll definitely be adding these to my rotation of after-work snacks!
They’re fairly simple to make, and you can even make them ahead and freeze them so they’re at the ready when you want one for a quick snack. Here’s how:
First, let the frozen rolls thaw on a cookie sheet sprayed with no-stick cooking spray. You’ll know they’re ready when the rolls feel soft.
The cheesy center is fairly simple to make – just cut a piece of Sharp Cheddar American Blend into quarters…
Stack two quarters…
Fold in half…
And fold in half again.
This will form a small “cube”.
Press the cube of Sharp Cheddar American Blend into the center of a roll…
…and seal edges tightly.
Once each roll is stuffed, place them onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper and let stand for 15 minutes.
Now the fun part…boiling the rolls. This will give them the bubbled surface like a pretzel.
Bring water to a boil in a large saucepan and add the baking soda and sugar. (This is what helps give the rolls their “pretzel-like” appearance.)
Place four rolls in the boiling water at a time…
…and turn once until the surface is lightly bubbled.
Repeat with remaining rolls, placing them back on lined baking sheet. Brush each roll with egg wash and sprinkle with coarse salt.
Bake 14-16 minutes at 425°F or until golden brown.
Try not to eat at least three of these in a sitting. It’s not possible. I can’t get enough!
Give these Cheese-Stuffed Pretzel Buns a try for your next snack – and make sure to come back and let me know how they turned out for you.