3/4 cup milk
1/2 cup sugar
2 tsps salt
1/2 cup butter
4-1/2 tsp dry yeast
2 beaten eggs
4-1/2 cups flour
Heat milk until it begins to steam and bubble a bit on the sides. Add sugar, salt and butter and mix until sugar is dissolved and butter is melted. Pour into a small bowl and cool to room temp.
In a mixer bowl, place the warm water and yeast, stirring to mix well, and let sit for about 5 minutes to proof.
Add the milk, eggs and 2 cups of flour to the yeast mixer and beat well. Change to a dough hook and add the rest of the flour and beat for about 5 minutes. Remove and place in a greased bowl and cover and refrigerate for 2 hours.
Cheese Buns Filling
1/2 cup small curd cottage cheese
2 tbsps sugar
1 tbsps flour
Mix up well Add
1 egg yolk
1/4 tsp grated lemon rind
1-1/2 tsp lemon juice
Mix well and set aside.
To form cheese rolls:
Using 1/2 of the dough, roll on floured surface to about 15 x 4 inches. Using a pastry wheel or pizza cutter or a knife, cut 1/4″ wide strips. Twist each rope and coil into a round on a parchment or silpat lined sheet. Do this with all the strips. Then, flatten down the center of each coil and put about 1-1/2 tbsps of cheese filling into each. Let rise till double.
Preheat oven to 350. Egg wash the eggs of the buns and bake them for about 15 minutes or until golden. Remove and cool. You can also make a confectioners sugar icing and drizzle on the buns if you wish.
Bear Claws Almond Filling
In a food processor, place
4 oz of blanched almonds
1/3 cup sugar
Add 1 egg yolk and 2-1/4 oz soft butter
Blend well to make a paste – set aside.
Roll 1/2 the dough to about 9 x 18 inces.
Brush eges with egg wash
Place almond filling in the middle and spread out to where the egg wash ends. Roll up the long side and press seams to seal.
Egg wash the entire roll, sprinkle with sliced almonds and then sprinkle with cinnamon sugar.
Cut the roll in 4″ logs. Cut 4 slits halfway into each log and shape then into an arch and placed on prepared baking sheet. Let rise for about 1 hour.
Bake at 350 for about 25-30 minutes. Cool completely before eating.