by Tammy Taylor
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I recently wrote about making some pretty darn tasty shredded pork BBQ from my talented hunter-husband’s successful “bringing home the bacon”, as it were… The BBQ was delicious but I decided this time I’d like to bake my own homemade buns as well. I make jalapeno-cheese beer bread often and thought jalapeno-cheese flavored beer buns might be a fun twist for this meal. The verdict is in: They were awesome!
I’ll show my procedure and then share the recipe below. I pulled out the ingredients & pre-measured everything and had it ready to assemble easily. I placed an egg in the photo of the ingredients, but I decided not to do an egg wash this time so I didn’t use it.
I heated 1/4 cup of water just until warm to proof the yeast. I sprinkled two teaspoons of yeast over the warm water and let it stand for about 10 minutes. This lets you know your yeast is live & you’re good to go. I then pulled out my *KitchenAid stand mixer and attached the dough hook. I poured the proofed yeast mixture into the bowl of my mixer.
I added two tablespoons of local honey, 1 1/2 cup of my hubby’s home-brew beer, 1/4 cup olive oil, two chopped and seeded jalapenos and about 1 cup of shredded Colby / Monterrey Jack blend cheese and mixed it all up.
Then I added about 4 1/2 cups of flour and 1/2 salt and mixed it all at slow speed until it was fully incorporated.
After the dough was all mixed in I increased the speed to medium and “kneaded” the dough for about 6 minutes. If after the first minute or two the dough looks too wet you can add more flour a tablespoon at a time, but a little light is better than a little heavy on the flour. Too much flour makes your bread heavy and dry. I much prefer to deal with a light stickiness to my dough than a heavy bread.
After mixing about 5-7 minutes I placed the dough ball into a lightly oiled bowl, covered the dough with plastic wrap sprayed with oil and placed it in a warm location for the dough to rise to about double (about an hour).
After about an hour the dough doubled in size. I punch it down & placed it on a floured surface.
I divided the dough ball in half and cut each half into six equal(ish) sections. Each section will become a bun so this recipe makes a dozen buns. That means there’s enough to go into the freezer for future meals. Y’all already know I love that!
I patted each section into a 1/2″ disk to form the buns and placed them on an oiled baking sheet. (I finally got this MISTO sprayer for greasing baking sheets and pans, and I love it!) I once again covered the dough with the oiled plastic wrap and let the dough rise for about 45 minutes.
I preheated the oven to 350 degrees and baked the buns until they were golden brown (about 15-20 minutes), then placed them on a wire rack to cool.
When they were cool enough to handle we sliced them in half and liberally spooned our homemade BBQ pulled pork into them, added BBQ sauce and sliced fresh (and SPICY) jalapenos and enjoyed a hearty homemade meal.
And as promised, here’s the recipe:
Jalapeno-Cheese-Beer Buns (yield: 12 buns)
- 2 teaspoons yeast
- 1/4 cup warm water
- 2 Tablespoon honey
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 1-2 seeded chopped jalapenos
- 1 cup shredded Colby or Monterrey-Jack cheese
- 1 12-oz bottle beer - room temp and flat (or about 1 1/2 cups beer)
- 4 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 egg Optional - if used for egg wash
Add the yeast to the warm water and let stand for about 10 minutes to proof. Pour the mixture into the bowl of a stand mixer. (with dough hook attachment)
Add honey, beer, oil, chopped jalapeno and shredded cheese and mix well. Add flour and salt and mix at slow speed until incorporated. After the dough is mixed, increase the speed to medium and continue mixing for about 6 minutes. If after the first minute or two the dough looks too wet you can add more flour a tablespoon at a time, but a little light is better than a little heavy on the flour.
After mixing 5-7 minutes place your dough into a lightly oiled bowl, cover with oiled plastic wrap and place in a warm location for the dough to rise to about double (about an hour).
After the dough doubles in size, punch it down & place on a floured surface and divide the dough ball in half. Cut each half into approximately 6 equal sections and place on an oiled baking sheet. Cover with oiled plastic wrap and let rise for about 45 minutes. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
If you desire to have an egg wash, whisk the egg and brush over the buns before baking. Bake buns for 15-20 minutes, or until lightly browned. Cool on a wire rack.
There ya go – a real Texas treat. Enjoy!
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