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Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Lemon Cheese Buns



From the kitchen of One Perfect Bite...Some things never change. One of my grandson's called tonight, ".....love you, Oma." I know he does, but an unsolicited call of this sort, at his age, is unusual and I sensed something was up. We chatted for a bit and then the shoe dropped. "Mom and I have to make a Sachertorte for school tomorrow. Do you have a recipe?" Seems he was giving an oral report on Austria and wanted to share a sample of Viennese food with his classmates. Whatever happened to cupcakes? I quickly pointed out that a Sachertorte was not simple to make and tossed out a couple alternatives that were a bit more realistic. He listened politely but he still wanted to make the torte, so I sent him to a trusted site where he could find a recipe. A few minutes later his mother called. "He asked the wrong question, Mom." My girl is no fool. She doesn't do Sachertorte on Monday night. So, we went to conference call and came up with a Viennese-style fudge that, while delicious, was much easier to do. I thought I could share the recipe with you but I was missing the hazelnuts which are the core of the recipe. What I do have is the recipe for a kolache-like cheese bun that my classmates and I might have taken to school for an Easter party or had for Easter breakfast. The buns are quite nice and would be a lovely addition to your breakfast or brunch table. The soft dough is silky and a joy to work with. You can, of course, substitute plum or jelly fillings for the cheese that is called for here. These do not freeze well, but they will keep for 24 hours if well wrapped and refrigerated. Here's the recipe for an old-fashioned Easter treat.

Lemon Cheese Buns
...from the kitchen of One Perfect Bite

Ingredients:

2 packages (1/4 ounce each) active dry yeast
3/4 cup warm milk (110° to 115°)
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 teaspoon salt
3/4 teaspoon grated lemon peel
3 eggs
4-1/2 to 5 cups all-purpose flour
Filling *
1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup sugar
1 egg
1/2 teaspoon grated lemon peel

Directions:

1) In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm milk. Add sugar, butter, salt, lemon peel, eggs and 2 cups of flour; beat until smooth. Add enough remaining flour to form a soft dough. Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about 6-8 minutes.
2) Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.
3) Punch dough down. Divide in half; shape each half into 12 balls. Place 3-inches apart on parchment paper lined baking sheets. Flatten each ball to a 3-inch circle. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 30 minutes.
4) Meanwhile, preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
5) In a small bowl, beat all filling ingredients until smooth. Make a depression in center of each roll; add filling. Bake for 8-10 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from pan to cool on a wire rack. Yield: 2 dozen.

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58 comments :

Mary at Deep South Dish said...

Mmmmm, lemon and cream cheese sounds perfect to me! Those grandbabies - can't wait till mine are a little older, they are still babies right now.

Lucie said...

These look perfectly soft, fluffy and delicious! Can't wait to try them.

Angie's Recipes said...

What a delicious combination of lemon and cream cheese! These buns are really wonderful to go with a pot of freshly brewed tea or something sparkling!

Ana Powell said...

What a delicious combination and I loved their colour too.
Great photo x

3 hungry tummies said...

They look so soft! I want some of these lemon scented pillows too!

Martha said...

These look yummy! There are so many European Easter treats but alas, chocolate seems to rule now instead of tasty treats like these rolls.

Joy said...

Such a treat of a recipe! I keep tagging your recipes to try, but I will get to them eventually! Including this one! I must!

Allie and Pattie said...

These look wonderful Mary. I had to laugh- my 4 year old grand-daughter called this week and asked if I would make treats with her for her class. She lives in FL and we're in NC!! Her mom was laughing and commented that maybe Grandma and Grandpa could move nearer to which the little princess replied "Oh, YES, Grandma- I miss you and I'm getting old, you know!" We do miss them
xoxo Pattie

Dajana said...

Taht looks and sounds absolutely gorgeous, soft and creamy, I'd love some now.

Pierce said...

Mmmmmmm....mmmm, they look melt in my mouth delicious. Another one copied to try later!

Kristen said...

Cheese danish are my absolute favorite and these sound very similar. I can just imagine how yummy they would be! And I look forward to the hazelnut fudge recipe; sounds delicious.

The Blonde Duck said...

They look so light!

Bryan said...

Wow this looks great! I have been looking around your site... very nice.

Work at Home Dad said...

Wow looks so yummy. Great post.

Federica said...

wow sono irresistibili!!! complimenti!!! ciao!

Debbi Smith said...

Isn't it awesome when kids want you (or mom) to bake something for school at the last minute and don't think a thing about it? I hope their treats turned out well. These Lemon Cheese Buns look adorable and delicious!

Sophie said...

MMMMMMMMM,..these lovely treats are so apart,look so tempting & appetizing!!

They scream: EAT ME!!!!

T.W. Barritt at Culinary Types said...

These buns look like Springtime! I would love to have these fresh flavors on the Easter table! It's also so nice that you serve as a consultant to your grandson's school food projects.

Lori said...

Hmmm Mary these sound so good. They are my kind of treat!

MaryMoh said...

Lemon and cheese.....great combo. These look fabulous.....soft and delicious.

The Diva on a Diet said...

Gosh these lemon cheese buns are pretty! Such a beautiful color and I'll bet the flavor is magnificent too. Wonderful post!

Sonia (Nasi Lemak Lover) said...

Mary, I immediate bookmark this recipe, look so good. Thanks for sharing.

My Little Space said...

You know how much I love bread! And these look so yummy.

Pam said...

Oh, these sound and look like the perfect thing with the great combo of ingredients! Cute story with your grandson!

Ann said...

That looks so pretty and tempting. fabulous picture too.

Alessandra said...

Cute buns! Hey, I love the sentence 'She doesn't do Sacher Torte on Monday night.', I think I will need to use it myself sometimes! :-)

Big Dude said...

They look great, I could almost taste them

Karen said...

Love the cheese filling in these. They look so light and delicious!

♥ Kathy said...

I remember those last minute I-have-to-make-this Monday nights :-) The buns look so yummy! I love kolaches so I bet these are delicious!

Jagruti said...

Delicious and yummy lemon cheese buns!I'm sure my kids will love it too!

Diana's Cocina said...

What a wonderful treat. I know my family would enjoy them.

Arlette said...

I love the spongy, lemony color of these buns. The flavours are awesome, I bet the lime juice will take us to the tropical...
I must try these buns soon...
thanks my friend for sharing.

My Carolina Kitchen said...

Those look wonderful Mary. I had to laugh about the conversation with your grandson. I know you must enjoy him.
Sam

Gulmohar said...

Oh my !!!Awesome combo .Love the lemon color too.
You have a wonderful space here, Mary.Glad to follow you :-)

Joanne said...

I have made a sachertorte before and it is an all day affair. Between the layers and the filling and the icing....not something you can do in one night.

But these lemon cheese buns? Delicious. I am so going to try them.

Andreas said...

Those look really good.
Maybe one could fill them with some vanilla custard? I think I might even prefer those to Sachertorte.

Sarah Naveen said...

Hey Mary!!!
thanks a bunch for stopping by Vazhayila...
You have an awesome space too..
This cheesy lemony buns looks terrific..perfecta nd yummy!!loved it..
Take care

Mary said...

Andreas, I think a thick custard would be wonderful but I hasten to add that I have not tested with it, so I can't guarantee what will happen.

Bridgett said...

What a gorgeous and inviting color they have. Love how soft and delicious they look as well.

Holly said...

These look so springy!

msmeanie said...

Wow. These sound amazing. They look so soft and perfect too.

Jen_from_NJ said...

Thank you for sharing this Easter treat recipe. I can't wait to try these. Your photo is gorgeous!

Kathleen said...

The combo of lemon and cream cheese make these seem really delicious and unusual! I'm bookmarking this right now. Thank you!!!!

JG said...

The Buns looks so good...light and airy.

Cinnamon-Girl said...

It sounds like your grandson is interested in food just like his Grandma! These buns sound positively divine with lemon and cream cheese! I imagine they just about melt in your mouth.

Hungry Dog said...

That's a cute story! And, my mouth started to water as soon as I saw the photo. They look absolutely delightful!

ICook4Fun said...

My gosh, the buns look so soft and perfect. I just love the photo.

Carol said...

Oh my goodness! What a combination......lemon and cream cheese in a sweet roll? Be still my heart!

I can't wait to try these.....they look delicious..... :)

Jane said...

These buns look yummy! I love cheese buns that are soft...

I have a question concerning the directions....for what purpose are the 2 parchment lined baking sheets?
Did I miss something when reading the recipe?

Thanks, Jane (artfully graced)

Julie said...

These look beautiful and spring-y...just perfect :)

Katy ~ said...

I am smiling BIG at your grandson. What a sweetie! Hugs!!

Love the sounds of these buns. Will save to try. Big YUMS up.

Debinhawaii said...

These look delicious--I am such a fan of anything lemon. ;-)

Jamie said...

Oh gorgeous recipe! I love it! I love yeast baking as you know and I love unusual recipes and this one with lemon and cream cheese is beautiful. I'll bet they taste out of this world! Perfect for brunch. On my list! And your grandsons kill me with their passion for cooking and baking!

Mary said...

Jane, I've corrected the recipe. The
paper lined pans are for the buns. If you don't want to use parchment paper greased baking sheets can also be used.

SallyBR said...

Lemon and cheese.... I would eat a bunch of those for sure... :-)

had to smile with your grandson phone call, my husband's sons are in their mid twenties and very rarely call him on the phone, but when they do.... there's always a good reason :-)

Rambling Tart said...

Oh Mary, these are beautifully old-fashioned and cheer my heart. :-) Just lovely!

CC said...

Ph my gosh!!!! How wonderful could it possibly get?? these little buns are beautiful and my favorite flavor at that. yummmmmmmmmmm..

Blessed Homemaker said...

Lemon and cream cheese sounds great. I'm sure my daughter will love this.

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