Bahian Sweet Cheese Rolls (Pãozinho Delícia da Bahia)
These sweet, puffy, melt-in-your-mouth rolls are a specialty of Salvador, in the state of Bahia.
Serves: 24Hands-on: 45 minutesTotal: 3 hours 55 minutesDifficulty: Medium
- 5 cups all-purpose flour, divided
- ½ cup sugar
- 1 Tbsp. instant yeast
- 1½ cups warm milk
- 2 Tbsp. vegetable oil
- 4 Tbsp. melted butter, divided
- 2 large eggs
- 1 tsp. salt
- ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese
- Place 3 cups flour in a large bowl or in the bowl of a standing mixer fitted with the dough hook attachment. Add the sugar and yeast and mix briefly. Add milk and mix well. Add the oil, 2 tablespoons melted butter, eggs, and salt and mix well.
- Add remaining flour ⅓ cup at a time, mixing well after each addition, stopping when dough is smooth and soft. Knead for 4–6 minutes, until dough is very smooth and shiny.
- Cover dough loosely with a towel and set aside in a warm place to rise for 2 hours.
- Preheat oven to 375°F. Lightly grease a large baking pan. Divide dough into 24 pieces and shape each piece into a smooth ball. Place the rolls on the baking sheet, spacing them 1½" apart. Let rolls rise until doubled in size, about 45 minutes.
- Place rolls in the oven and reduce oven temperature to 325°F. Bake rolls for 20–25 minutes or until they are puffy but not browned.
- Immediately brush tops of rolls with remaining melted butter and sprinkle with Parmesan.