Zaatar and Parmesan Cheese Bread Rolls

Zaatar and Parmesan Cheese Bread Rolls

Zaatar and Parmesan Cheese Bread Rolls – a delightful savory brunch treat – with flaxseeds, healthy fats, fiber rich and a robust flavor!

 

These bread rolls are inspired by the flavors of the Mediterranean. Importantly, it features Zaatar – a condiment that is a blend of herbs, sesame seeds, sumac and salt – which is ubiquitously used in the eastern Mediterranean cuisine.

 

To give it a cheesy flavor, I have used yet another popular Mediterranean ingredient – Parmesan cheese. The nutty and salty flavor of this cheese pairs quite well with the herby flowery notes of Zaatar. The wheat bran and flaxseed meal in this recipe further enhance the nutritional value.

 

Cheese is often feared for its fat and calories. But there are certain types of cheese that can be effectively used to give a robust cheese flavor without compromising the nutrition value. And Parmesan cheese is among the top on that list. With this cheese, a little goes a long way, as it is big on boosting flavor.

 

Zaatar and Parmesan Cheese Bread Rolls – a delightful savory brunch treat – with flaxseeds, healthy fats, fiber rich and a robust flavor! These bread rolls are inspired by the flavors of the Mediterranean.

 

Photo Credit: Bijan of www.bijansviewfinder.com

 

Parmesan cheese is relatively low in calories and fat, when compared to other cheese varieties. It is packed with high biological value protein, highly bio available calcium as a lactate; and is a good source of vitamin A. Due to the high sodium content in Parmesan cheese, it would be important to balance the other ingredients in a recipe.

 

This cheese is also considered a lactose free product. It does have some oligosaccharides derived from the milk and the fermentation process. And these non digestible short chain carbohydrates have been speculated to have a prebiotic function.

 

One thing to remember while buying Parmesan cheese is that some of the brands can be loaded with fillers. So it is best to buy a block of cheese with Parmigiano – Reggiano imprinted on the rind and then grate it yourself. Alternatively it may be possible to buy grated versions that do not have any fillers. Make sure to check the labels.

 

If you like making homemade bread here is an Indian flatbread recipe for you – Cheesy and Peppery Green Onion Paratha.

 

Now who wouldn’t want to wake up to some soft pillowy Zaatar and Parmesan Cheese Bread Rolls bursting with flavor on a bright weekend morning? Or for that matter any morning!

 

Zaatar and Parmesan Cheese Bread Rolls – a delightful savory brunch treat – with flaxseeds, healthy fats, fiber rich and a robust flavor! These bread rolls are inspired by the flavors of the Mediterranean.

 

Photo Credit: Bijan of www.bijansviewfinder.com

 

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ZAATAR AND PARMESAN CHEESE BREAD ROLLS
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NUTRITION FACTS

 

Servings: 16               Serving Size: 1 Bread Roll

 

Calories 221, Total Fat 10 g (Saturated Fat 2 g, Polyunsaturated Fat 2 g, Monounsaturated Fat 6 g), Cholesterol 30 mg, Sodium* 240 mg, Potassium 128 mg, Phosphorus 147 mg, Total Carbohydrate 28 g, Dietary Fiber 3 g, Sugars 3 g, Protein 7 g

 

* The suggested amount of salt is just a guideline and may need to be adjusted. Check for any added salt in spice mixes and other ingredients and adjust.

 

Preparation Time: 2 hours 30 minutes (Includes 2 hours inactive time)
 
Cooking Time: 20 minutes

 

 

INGREDIENTS
 

This recipe can easily be halved

 

Dough

 

1 cup warm reduced fat milk (120 to 130 degrees F*, check yeast packet instructions)
One packet fast acting dry yeast (or one tablespoon)
1 teaspoon sugar
6 tablespoons light olive oil*
1 ½ tablespoons light honey*
2 small/medium eggs
4 to 4 ½ cups approx. flour (2 parts bread flour and 1 part white whole wheat flour)
1 teaspoon salt
2 ½ tablespoons wheat bran*
1 ½ tablespoons golden flaxseed meal
Bread flour for dusting

Filling

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
3 tablespoons Zaatar
2 teaspoons Aleppo red pepper flakes (optional)

Topping

2 tablespoons whisked egg
1 tablespoon sesame seeds

 

 

DIRECTIONS

 

Dough

 

Zaatar and Parmesan Cheese Bread Rolls Prep

 

Sprinkle the yeast over warm milk. Then scatter the sugar on the top. Allow it to stand in a warm dark place for 10 to 15 minutes until the yeast bubbles up on the surface.

 

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Next add 4 ½ tablespoons olive oil, 1 ½ tablespoons honey, 2 eggs, and approximately 3 ½ cups of the flour, salt and mix gently.

 

Zaatar and Parmesan Cheese Bread Rolls Prep

 

Also let it stand for a few minutes to allow the flour to absorb the moisture. And add the bran and flaxseed meal and mix. Then add another half cup flour or more, as needed to make a dough that is not too sticky. Knead it rather well. It is alright if it is a little sticky. Try to use as little flour as possible to make the dough. Because it is important to make sure the dough is not very dense. I use a KitchenAid Stand Mixer to make the dough and it works great.

 

Zaatar and Parmesan Cheese Bread Rolls Prep

 

Allow the dough to rise and double in size. The time required for this may vary between 1 to 2 hours or more.

 

Preparation of the bread rolls

 

Preheat oven to 400ºF (200ºC). When the dough has doubled in size, punch it down. Divide the dough into 2 portions and let it rest.

 

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On a floured surface, roll one portion into a 12 X 8 inch rectangle.

 

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Lightly apply some olive oil. Sprinkle half the cheese and zaatar evenly over the rolled out dough. If you prefer you may scatter some red pepper flakes.

 

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Starting from the longer end of the rectangle roll up tight. Make sure to pinch and seal the edges well. Cut into 8 slices. Repeat with the other portion of dough. (Alternatively, the dough can be rolled out into a circle and cut triangles and make crescent shape rolls).

 

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Place the Zaatar and Parmesan Cheese Bread Rolls over a parchment lined baking sheet. Make sure to space them apart by at least 2 inches to allow enough room for the rolls to rise until double the size. This may take up to 30 minutes or more.

 

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Brush beaten egg on the surface of the Zaatar and Parmesan Cheese Bread Rolls. Sprinkle the sesame seeds on the top. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes until the rolls are nicely browned on the top.

 

 

 

Zaatar and Parmesan Cheese Bread Rolls – a delightful savory brunch treat – with flaxseeds, healthy fats, fiber rich and a robust flavor! These bread rolls are inspired by the flavors of the Mediterranean.

 

Photo Credits: Bijan of www.bijansviewfinder.com

 

 

Notes:

 

1. Warm milk: 120 – 130 degrees F (50 – 54 degrees C), check yeast package instructions.
2. When you use oil in place of butter in a recipe, it is usually needed in a reduced amount than the butter that would be needed. Also I would only use light olive oil since the flavor is not so strong. For this Zaatar and Parmesan Cheese Bread Rolls recipe the oil replaces 1/2 cup butter.
3. When you use honey in place of sugar, it is usually needed in smaller quantity and adjustments are made to the amount of liquid added.
4. Important steps to ensure success with this Zaatar and Parmesan Cheese Bread Rolls recipe:

(a) make sure to let the yeast foam up well before adding other ingredients

(b) Be sure to give enough time to let the dough double in bulk in the first rise. Allow it to rise in a warm environment

(c) And give enough time to let the prepared rolls double in bulk once again in the second rise

(d) Placing the dough or the rolls in an oven that has not been preheated and with a pan of hot water one level below the container/baking sheet can help the dough rise better.

 

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Zaatar and Parmesan Cheese Bread Rolls

Zaatar and Parmesan Cheese Bread Rolls – a delightful savory brunch treat – with flaxseeds, healthy fats, fiber rich and a robust flavor!

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INGREDIENTS

  • THIS RECIPE CAN EASILY BE HALVED
  • DOUGH
  • 1 cup warm reduced fat milk (120 to 130 degrees F*, check yeast packet instructions)
  • One packet fast acting dry yeast (or one tablespoon)
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 6 tablespoons light olive oil*
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons light honey*
  • 2 small/medium eggs
  • 4 to 4 1/2 cups approx. flour (2 parts bread flour and 1 part white whole wheat flour)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons wheat bran*
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons golden flaxseed meal
  • Bread flour for dusting
  • FILLING
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 3 tablespoons Zaatar
  • 2 teaspoons Aleppo red pepper flakes (optional)
  • TOPPING
  • 2 tablespoons whisked egg
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. DOUGH
  2. Sprinkle the yeast over warm milk. Then scatter the sugar on the top. Allow it to stand in a warm dark place for 10 to 15 minutes until the yeast bubbles up on the surface.
  3. Next add 4 1/2 tablespoons olive oil, 1 1/2 tablespoons honey, 2 eggs, and approximately 3 1/2 cups of the flour, salt and mix gently.
  4. Also let it stand for a few minutes to allow the flour to absorb the moisture. And add the bran and flaxseed meal and mix. Then add another half cup flour or more, as needed to make a dough that is not too sticky.
  5. Knead it rather well. It is alright if it is a little sticky. Try to use as little flour as possible to make the dough. Because it is important to make sure the dough is not very dense. I use a KitchenAid Stand Mixer to make the dough and it works great.
  6. Allow the dough to rise and double in size. The time required for this may vary between 1 to 2 hours or more.
  7. PREPARATION OF BREAD ROLLS
  8. Preheat oven to 400ºF (200ºC). When the dough has doubled in size, punch it down. Divide the dough into 2 portions and let it rest.
  9. On a floured surface, roll one portion into a 12 X 8 inch rectangle.
  10. Lightly apply some olive oil. Sprinkle half the cheese and zaatar evenly over the rolled out dough. If you prefer you may scatter some red pepper flakes.
  11. Starting from the longer end of the rectangle roll up tight. Make sure to pinch and seal the edges well. Cut into 8 slices. Repeat with the other portion of dough. (Alternatively, the dough can be rolled out into a circle and cut triangles and make crescent shape rolls).
  12. Place the Zaatar and Parmesan Cheese Bread Rolls over a parchment lined baking sheet. Make sure to space them apart by at least 2 inches to allow enough room for the rolls to rise until double the size. This may take up to 30 minutes or more.
  13. Brush beaten egg on the surface of the Zaatar and Parmesan Cheese Bread Rolls. Sprinkle the sesame seeds on the top. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes until the rolls are nicely browned on the top.
Cuisine: Mediterranean | Recipe Type: Breakfast, Brunch

RECIPE NOTES

1. Warm milk: 120 - 130 degrees F (50 - 54 degrees C), check yeast package instructions.


2. When you use oil in place of butter in a recipe, it is usually needed in a reduced amount than the butter that would be needed. Also I would only use light olive oil since the flavor is not so strong. For this Zaatar and Parmesan Cheese Bread Rolls recipe the oil replaces 1/2 cup butter.


3. When you use honey in place of sugar, it is usually needed in smaller quantity and adjustments are made to the amount of liquid added.


4. Important steps to ensure success with this Zaatar and Parmesan Cheese Bread Rolls recipe:

(a) make sure to let the yeast foam up well before adding other ingredients

(b) Be sure to give enough time to let the dough double in bulk in the first rise. Allow it to rise in a warm environment

(c) And give enough time to let the prepared rolls double in bulk once again in the second rise

(d) Placing the dough or the rolls in an oven that has not been preheated and with a pan of hot water one level below the container/baking sheet can help the dough rise better.


* The suggested amount of salt is just a guideline and may need to be adjusted. Check for any added salt in spice mixes and other ingredients and adjust.

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Bridget Swinney
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Oh these look SO good!!

Kara @ Byte Sized Nutrition
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I’ve never cooked/baked with Zaatar, but I love Mediterranean cuisine, so I have a feeling I would love these! They look delicious

Amy Gorin
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These look incredible!

Jessica @ Nutritioulicious
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Wow, these look delicious! Love your use of Zaatar!

Lindsey Pine
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These look fantastic! I love the combo of the parm and zaatar! I want to pluck a roll off the screen and eat it!

Charlene Pors
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Oh wow, these bread rolls look amazing! I’ve never had Zaatar before, I am going to be trying these this weekend!

Ann @ MyMenuPal
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Yum, this looks so good. I love homemade bread. And now I must go find zaatar and add it to my spice cabinet!

Lauren Harris-Pincus
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These look so yummy!

Sarah @ BucketListTummy
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Cheese and bread flavors go so perfectly together. I love adding Zaatar!

Nazima Qureshi
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Wow these rolls looks fantastic! Love the addition of zaatar!

Emily Holdorf
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Never heard of Zaatar, but I think I would love it! The rolls look amazing 🙂

Jenny Shea Rawn
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These rolls look like the perfect dinner addition. I am always intimidated by making bread/rolls from scratch, so appreciate the pictures of the process!

Cara
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Love this recipe! Lots of times baking seems intimidating (especially bread) but I can’t wait to try this out! Gorgeous

Maggie Moon
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I love Zaatar! I’ve only started getting familiar with it in the last year, so the more recipes the better.

Lauren O'Connor
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Love the flavor of Zaatar! These bread rolls look so good.

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