Easy Cheesy Bread Rolls

Recipe by Annabel Karmel

Before you watch Ella Enchanted, have some fun with this step-by-step recipe for kids! There is nothing like the taste of fresh bread! Bake these yummy rolls for your lunch.
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To make: 1 hour
To rise: 45 minutes
To bake: 12-14 minutes 

You Will Need:
1 envelope fast-acting yeast
1 tsp sugar
2/3 cup warm water
1/2 cup aged cheddar cheese 
1/2 cup parmesan cheese
1 2/3 cups white bread flour, plus extra for dusting
1/4 tsp salt
1 tbsp sunflower or olive oil
1 egg
Sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, and poppy seeds 

Makes 8 rolls (or 16 mini rolls). Bake at 400˚F


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1. Start with yeast. Put the yeast in a small bowl with the sugar. Add 3 tbsp of water and stir to dissolve the yeast. Leave to stand for 5 minutes.

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2. Grate the cheese (ask an adult to help). Meanwhile, grate the cheddar cheese on the large holes of a box grater, and grate the parmesan using the fine holes. Be careful!

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3. Mix flour and yeast. Put the flour in large bowl and stir in the salt. Make a dip in the center and add the oil and the yeast liquid (this should be frothy).

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4. Make the dough. Add the rest of the water and mix to a soft dough. Add a teaspoon of extra water if the dough is dry.

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5. Knead until smooth. Turn onto a floured surface and knead until smooth -- this will take about 10 minutes. Use the heel of your hand to work the dough.

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6. Pat dough in circle. Pat the dough out into a circle about 8 inches across. Spread the grated cheeses over it, then fold the dough in half.

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7. Fold in the cheese. Fold in half again, so that the cheese is enclosed. Knead for 1-2 minutes more to work in the cheese.

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8. Make the balls. Divide the dough into 8 pieces (or 16 for mini rolls) and form each one into a ball. Put on a lightly oiled cookie sheet, about 2 inches apart, and press down slightly.

Leave to rise. Cover with a damp dish towel and leave in a warm, draft-free place for 40-45 minutes. The rolls are ready to bake when they are roughly double their original size. Preheat the oven after around 35 minutes.

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9. Brush with egg. Beat the egg with a pinch of salt. Uncover the rolls and brush the tops with a little of the beaten egg. Sprinkle them with seeds, then put them in the oven.

Bake the rolls for 12-14 minutes.
Remove from oven, and enjoy!

For variations, you could also try adding sliced, sun-dried tomatoes to the dough at step 6. You could also make animal shaped rolls.

Article reprinted with permission of Disney Canada. View original article here.