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Sweet cheese buns

This is a recipe from Foof!

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These yummy little bundles of bread filled with cheese are found in neighborhood bakeries throughout Saudi Arabia. I have never seen them in Syria so I am not sure of their origin.

A basic dough is put together, left to rest for 60 minutes and then small pieces of dough are flattened, filled with cheese and rolled into a ball shape. We added a little twist to tradition and put feta cheese in the middle of some balls instead of cream cheese. You can chose which cheese you prefer. The balls are sprinkled with sesame seeds, baked to golden perfection and finally topped with a light warm syrup.

Ingredients for roll dough

3 cups flour

1/2 tsp salt

1 package dry yeast dissolved in 3/4 cup warm water with 1 Tbs. sugar

1/4 cup vegetable oil

1/4 cup milk

(3/4 cups water for dissolving yeast)

1 Tbs. baking powder

Topping

3 Tbs. sesame seeds for sprinkling on top of rolls

Filling for inside of  rolls                                                                          

1/2 cup whipped cream cheese

1/2 cup feta cheese

Ingredients for syrup

1/2 cup sugar

1/4 cup water

Directions

Mix roll ingredients by hand or in a mixer with a dough hook, knead, cover and let raise for 1 1/2 hours

When the dough is ready, preheat oven to 350 degrees

We use a round cake pan and it has worked well for the amount of dough and the desired shape. Grease pan.

Pinch off pieces of dough and flatten in hand, place a spoon of feta or cream cheese in the middle, roll up into a ball making sure they are well sealed. Put each ball seam side down (if there is a seam or bunched up area) in the cake pan leaving a little space in between each one.

Sprinkle sesame seeds on top and put in the oven.  Bake approximately 30 minutes until bread is done and brown on top.

While rolls are baking make syrup. Place water and sugar in small sauce pan and let this mixture come to a boil, turn it down but keep it on a low simmer/boil. Watch this mixture carefully because it can cause a huge mess if it is left for too long or it can become too hard to use.  After ten minutes remove from heat. Try to time the baking of the rolls and making the syrup so that the syrup is still warm when the rolls are done.

When the rolls are removed from the oven, pour prepared syrup over the top, allowing to soak in.

 

Rolls will be hot so be careful!

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  1. They look delicious!

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    January 10, 2018
  2. Alice #

    Following in her mamas footsteps! Look yummy!!!!

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    January 10, 2018
  3. Oh these are so good! My grandson goes to Nursery School with several children from Syria and yesterday one of the boys shared one of these with him. He talked about it all night!

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    January 10, 2018
  4. Those buns look and sound delicious😍😍

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    January 10, 2018
  5. Yum.. These look so delicious and so fluffy and soft.. Happy Baking.. 🙂

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    January 10, 2018
  6. YUM! Nothing like fresh bread/buns!

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    January 10, 2018
  7. These look so yummy!

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    January 10, 2018
  8. Well this looks quite tempting…(K)

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    January 10, 2018
  9. I would love a few of those as a snack right now!!

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    January 10, 2018
  10. I’ll be making these, Lynn. They look and sound wonderful!

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    January 10, 2018
  11. koolaidmoms #

    Saved these to make with the kids over our next break! Yummy!

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    January 10, 2018
  12. That sounds very good, Lynn! It gives me a lunch idea!

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    January 10, 2018
  13. These are lovely little buns. I like the idea of using feta as well as cream cheese. Thanks.

    Liked by 2 people

    January 10, 2018
  14. Yummy!! Can Foof fly out here to FL, please!!

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    January 10, 2018
  15. Looks very appetizing!

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    January 10, 2018
  16. The Foof apple didn’t fall far from the Mummy tree! Those look delectable …. a must try. Thank you lovely ladies xxxx

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    January 10, 2018
  17. This buns look so appetizing and delicious.

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    January 10, 2018
  18. Looking good

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    January 11, 2018
  19. These look delicious. Do you deliver? lol

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    January 11, 2018
  20. Those sound and look delicious! The giant sundae at the top with your daughter looks HUGE and yummy too.

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    January 11, 2018
  21. They sound and look delicious!! YUM!!xoxoxo

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    January 11, 2018
  22. Making bun and bread is so satisfying.

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    January 11, 2018
  23. I can smell them cooking through my screen, lol! These look heavenly.

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    January 11, 2018
  24. So scrummy ……. I can almost smell them xxx

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    January 12, 2018
  25. Yummy ! These sound like little balls of heaven 🙂 xxx

    Liked by 1 person

    January 12, 2018
  26. So lush, very nice!

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    January 12, 2018
  27. I can smell them from here…..yum!!!

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    January 12, 2018
  28. These sound and look delish!!

    Liked by 1 person

    January 13, 2018
  29. I’m hungry just looking These…they look a scrummy and have such a lovely golden colour! 😀

    Liked by 1 person

    January 13, 2018
  30. Sounds wonderful. Pictures make you want some. I’m good at eating, but not good at cooking.

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    January 16, 2018
  31. Yummy! It looks delicious! Thanks for sharing!

    Liked by 1 person

    January 20, 2018

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