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Thursday, May 28, 2015

Baked Cheesy Bites

Whenever I have any leftover pizza dough, I try to see for any other ingredient in my refrigerator, that can go as a filling with the dough. You can substitute the stuffing which I have mentioned with something like, left over chicken tikka pieces, or any dry vegetable preparation. Or simply just stuff it with lots of cheese and jalapenos as a lunch box option. 


4 tbsp white sesame seeds
1 beaten egg for glazing

For the dough

  • 4 cups flour
  • 2 tbsp powdered milk
  • 1 tbsp dry yeast
  • 4 tbsp oil 
  • 1 egg 
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp castor sugar
For the filling:
  • 1 cup grated cheddar cheese
  • 200 gms chicken mortadella finely chopped (or chicken sausage)
  • 100 gms chopped pickled jalapenos (or green chili chopped)

To make the dough,
  1. Beat egg and oil and set aside.
  2. Dissolve dry yeast into 3 tbsp of warm water along with sugar and leave it for 10 minutes. You will see froth forming on the surface after 10 minutes.
  3. Take a large mixing bowl, and add flour. Make a small dent in the center of the flour and pour beaten egg, oil, and frothy yeast and sugar mixture and also the milk powder.
  4. With a fork or hand, start mixing gently till everything is combined with flour.
  5. By adding enough of water, little by little, form into a smooth soft dough. (the more you knead the dough-the more soft your bread will be)
  6. Grease your bowl with oil and keep the dough in it covered till it rises to its double the size. (This takes about 1 hour)
To make cheesy bites:
  1. Pre-heat oven to 250 deg C.
  2. Take the risen dough and knead it a little bit to remove the excess air.
  3. Divide the dough onto small lemon size balls and flatten each ball into 3 inches of diameter disc (roughly).
  4. Place the grated cheese, chicken and jalapenos on half of the disc and fold over the other half to form a semi-circle.
  5. With help of a fork, neatly press the ends so that they do not open while baking.
  6. With help of a cooking brush, apply beaten egg as a glaze over the prepared dough and sprinkle a tsp of sesame seeds.
  7. Place all the cheese bites into a greased baking tray and bake for 10 to 12 minutes.
  8. Remove from oven when it gets a golden colour, cool it slightly and then serve as evening snack or as breakfast.
Instead of folding, you can even bake them as mini pizza.