I am totally obsessed with jalapeno cheddar bread. It is so yummy and you can use it for so many fun sandwich combinations. The past few times I've made a jalapeno cheddar bread was either in the form of a bagel or a loaf of bread. This go around I decided to make burger buns for my Black Bean Mushroom Burgers and they totally completed the burger.
The process to make the buns is just like making a loaf of bread except you shape it differently. If you are in the mood for a loaf of jalapeno cheddar just follow the directions below and place the dough in a bread pan for the final rise and bake.
2 cups bread flour
1 cup whole wheat1 tsp salt
2 1/4 tsp(1 package) instant yeast
1 tbs sugar
3/4 of warm water
1 egg, lightly beaten (at room temp)
2 tbs olive oil
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese (1/4 cup set aside for topping)
1/4 cup chopped jalapenos
3 tbs egg whites + 1 tbs water for brushing
In large bowl, whisk together flour and salt. Pour the warm water, sugar and yeast In a small bowl or measuring cup and let is sit for 5 minutes or until it bubbles. With dough hook or a fork, stir the yeast mixture, egg and oil into flour mixture until blended. Add a little more water at a time, if needed but not more than 1/4 cup. Place the dough on a floured surface or silpat and knead the jalapenos and 3/4 cup of the cheddar into the dough for 5-7 minutes.
Place the dough in a lightly oiled bowl, cover with lid or plastic wrap and place in a warm area to rise for 1 hour or until doubled in size.
Remove the dough from the bowl and punch down to remove any bubbles. Separate the dough into 6 pieces and roll each into a smooth ball, place on non-stick baking sheet and flatten into a 3 1/2-inch disk. Cover and the balls rise for another 20 minutes. Preheat your oven half way through the rising period.
When the buns are done rising brush the egg wash on top and add a sprinkle of cheese. Bake at 400 degrees for 20 minutes, or until golden brown. Remove buns and place on rack to cool. Slice through buns and serve.