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Cheesy Steamed Buns Recipe

Cheesy Steamed Buns Recipe
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How To Make Cheesy Steamed Buns

Turn things up with our cheesy steamed buns. It is loaded with lots of cheese such as provolone, parmesan, mozzarella, and ricotta! Easy and cheesy!

Preparation: 20 minutes
Cooking: 15 minutes
Rest Time: 3 hours 50 minutes
Total: 4 hours 25 minutes



  • 1tbspkosher salt
  • cupsugar,(65 g)
  • 1tbspyeast,instant
  • 1cupwhole milk,room temperature, plus tbsp, (250 g)
  • ½cupheavy cream,room temperature, plus 2 tbsp, (150 g)
  • 1egg,large, room temperature
  • 1cupflour,all-purpose
  • 3cupsbread flour
  • nonstick cooking spray or olive oil,for greasing

For Cheese Filling:

  • 1cupprovolone cheese
  • 1cupmozzarella cheese,fresh, (100 g)
  • ¼cupparmesan cheese,grated, (25 g)
  • ½cupmozzarella cheese,shredded, (50 g)
  • cupswhole milk ricotta cheese,(375 g)
  • 1tbspblack pepper,coarsely ground, or to taste
  • 1pinchkosher salt

For Garlic Butter:

  • 1stickbutter,unsalted
  • 2clovesgarlic,grated
  • ¼cupparsley,fresh, chopped, (10 g)


  • Flour mixer


  1. In a small bowl or container, whisk together the salt, sugar, and yeast.

  2. In a medium bowl or container, whisk together the milk and cream.

  3. Add the sugar mixture and egg to the milk mixture and stir to combine.

  4. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a dough hook, combine the all-purpose flour and bread flour.

  5. Add the wet ingredients to the flour mixture and mix on Medium speed for 15 to 18 minutes, scraping down the sides of the bowl occasionally, until the dough is smooth and supple and is pulling away from the sides of the bowl.

  6. Transfer the dough to a large greased bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Let rest in a warm place for 1 to 2 hours until doubled in size.

  7. Clean the stand mixer bowl.

To Make Cheese Filling:

  1. Dice the provolone and fresh mozzarella and add to the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment along with the parmesan, shredded mozzarella, ricotta, ground peppercorns, and salt.

  2. Mix on Low speed until well combined for 2 to 3 minutes. Transfer to an airtight container and refrigerate until ready to use.

  3. After the dough has rested, punch down to release the natural gases. Turn the dough out onto a clean surface and divide into 16 70-gram portions.

  4. Shape each dough portion into a ball by rolling on the surface, gathering excess dough toward the bottom to keep the top taut.

  5. Arrange the balls seam-side down on the surface or a baking sheet and cover with a damp towel. Let rest for another 30 to 45 minutes until doubled in size again.

To Make Garlic Butter:

  1. Melt the butter in a small saucepan over Medium heat.

  2. Add garlic and cook until fragrant for 1 to 2 minutes. Remove the pot from the heat and stir in the parsley. Set aside until ready to use.

  3. Working one at a time, flatten the edges of a bun and make a divot in the center. Fill the divot with 2 tablespoons of the cheese mixture. Pull the edges of the dough around the filling and seal the bun. Repeat with the remaining buns and filling.

  4. Arrange the buns seam-side up on the surface. Cover again and let rest for 40 minutes until risen again.

  5. Fill a large pot halfway with water and bring to a boil over High heat.

  6. Line a steamer basket, or as many as you have, with parchment paper and lightly grease with nonstick spray.

  7. Working in batches as needed, add the buns to the basket, making sure they don’t touch each other. Cover the basket and carefully transfer to the pot.

  8. Cover the pot and cook for about 10 minutes until the buns have expanded and the dough is cooked through. Repeat with the remaining buns if needed.

  9. Remove the buns from the steamer basket and brush with the garlic butter.

  10. Serve immediately.


  • Calories: 401.34kcal
  • Fat: 23.04g
  • Saturated Fat: 13.40g
  • Trans Fat: 0.23g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 6.81g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 1.38g
  • Carbohydrates: 32.42g
  • Fiber: 1.18g
  • Sugar: 5.64g
  • Protein: 16.14g
  • Cholesterol: 77.71mg
  • Sodium: 313.55mg
  • Calcium: 312.54mg
  • Potassium: 141.04mg
  • Iron: 1.60mg
  • Vitamin A: 194.43µg
  • Vitamin C: 1.41mg
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