Cheesy Bacon Breakfast Buns

These savory buns-think cinnamon rolls, but with cheese and bacon instead of a sweet sugary filling, are the perfect solution to those few[ pieces of leftover cooked bacon hanging out in the fridge. You can prep the dry mix up to one month ahead of time, and store it in a container at room temperature. Just give it a shake before using to re-mix the ingredients.]

Total Time:
45 min
Prep:
15 min
Inactive:
5 min
Cook:
25 min

Yield:
8 servings
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for rolling out dough
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 8 tablespoons (1 stick) butter, melted
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded Monterey Jack
  • 6 slices cooked bacon, finely chopped
Directions
  • Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.

  • To make the dough, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a deep bowl.

  • In a separate bowl or measuring cup, whisk together the buttermilk and 6 tablespoons of the melted butter. Pour over the dry ingredients, and stir together with a wooden spoon until it forms a shaggy dough.

  • Dump the dough onto a lightly floured surface. Using your fingertips, gently press the dough out into a 12-by-8-inch rectangle. Sprinkle the cheese on top, leaving a 1/4-inch border. Evenly sprinkle the bacon over the cheese. Roll the dough into a log, starting from the longest (12-inch) side nearest you. Pinch the ends closed. Cut into 8 equal pieces.

  • Using a pastry brush, use 1 tablespoon of the butter to coat the bottom and sides of an 8-inch round cake pan. Arrange the rolls, cut-side down, in the pan. Gently press them down with your fingertips to flatten slightly. Brush the tops of the buns with the remaining melted butter.

  • Bake until golden brown and the cheese is bubbly, 23 to 25 minutes. Cool in the pan for 5 minutes before serving.

Microwaves are great for melting butter quickly. Another option is to put the butter in a heat-proof bowl, and place it in the oven so it can melt while the oven is preheating.


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