Fluffy and tasty, these Feta and Olive Buns are a perfect breakfast or afternoon snack. They are also good to eat as a starter to a nice lunch or to accompany your salad: the options are endless. And the best is that you can prepare them with no previous experience and no kneading skills, just following this easy recipe.
What ingredients you need
First thing first: you need white cheese and chopped green olives. I put “Feta” in the name of the recipe in order to give you an idea of what kind of cheese you need but in fact my buns were made with Bulgarian white cheese (Sirene), which is quite similar. If you don’t have Feta or Sirene you might use Ricotta.
You also need all-purpose flour, instant yeast, milk, sugar, salt, olive oil (or other vegetable oil), butter and one egg. Optionally you can also add some dried rosemary or thyme for additional flavor.
It is really easy to make them! They almost don’t require kneading and you don’t need anything else for mixing but a wooden spoon.
Start by combining the yeast with the sugar and warm milk. Leave them for 15 minutes covered to activate the yeast and then add the rest of the ingredients, except the cheese and the olives. Mix with a wooden spoon until a soft dough form. Cover the bowl with tea towels and let the dough sit at a warm place for about two hours, until it doubles or triples its size.
Add the olives and the crumbled cheese to the dough and mix everything well. Make balls out of the dough and brush them with melted butter. Arrange them on top of a baking tin and let sit covered for another 45 minutes to increase again its size. Bake until golden brown.
You can enjoy these wonderful Cheese and Olive Buns warm or cold. You can use them as hamburger buns: their shape will not be perfectly round when baked but that just gives them a nice rustic look. You could also have them together with a nice salad or a hearty soup. I love eating them just plain because they are full of flavors and different textures.
I am sure you would love this recipe, especially when you realize how easy it is.
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Feta and Olive Buns
- 300 g/ 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
- 1 pack dry yeast, 7 g
- ¾ cup/ / 200 ml warm milk
- 1 egg
- 3 tbs olive oil
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 3,5 oz/ 100 g green olives, chopped
- 5,3 oz/ 150 g crumbled feta cheese
- 1 tbs butter, melted
- Optional: dried rosemary or thyme
- In a large mixing bowl combine warm milk, yeast and sugar. Stir well until the yeast is almost dissolved. Cover the bowl with a tea towel and let sit for 15 minutes.
- Add olive oil, egg and salt and whisk. Gradually add the flour, mixing with a wooden spoon until a dough forms. When the dough starts pulling off the sides of the bowl, make a ball out of it. Wrap the bowl very well in tea towels and let it stay in a warm place (next to a radiator or in the oven with only the light on) for about 1,5-2 hours. The dough should double or triple its volume.
- Line a large baking tin with a sheet of parchment paper.
- Add the chopped olives, crumbled cheese and dried rosemary (or thyme) to the dough. Knead gently with your hands just to distribute the new ingredients evenly. Divide the dough into 7-8 pieces and shape them into balls. Grease each one with melted butter and arrange them on the prepared tin.
- Let the buns stay for about 45 minutes to 1 hour covered with parchment paper and wrapped with towels.
- Bake for about 20-25 minutes at 390 degrees F/ 200 degrees C or until golden brown. Remove from oven and cover with tea towel. Serve in 15 minutes.
- Instead of feta you can chose ricotta cheese or Bulgarian Sirene
- Keep the buns for 2-3 days in airtight container. You can also freeze them for up to 3 months.