Time needed: 1 hour and 30 minutes.
Makes: 4 – 5 pieces
1/4 cup lukewarm water
1 pack or 2 1/4 teaspoons yeast
2 1/2 tablespoons granulated sugar, divided
1 1/2 cups + 4 tablespoons or more all-purpose flour, divided
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 pieces large eggs, room temperature
2 tablespoons milk, warm or at room temperature
1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
Flour, for dusting
Parmesan cheese, for topping (optional)
For the Garlic Butter Sauce:
1/2 cup melted butter
1 piece large egg
2 tablespoons milk
2 tablespoons honey
6-8 pieces garlic cloves, chopped garlic (about 2 tbsp)
1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped
For the Cream Cheese Filling:
4 oz, 113 grams cream cheese, softened
2 tablespoons sugar
1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
For Egg Wash:
1 piece egg
1 tablespoon milk
- Prepare the cream cheese filling
In a medium bowl, beat cream cheese until creamy. Add sugar and beat until well combined. Add whipped cream and beat on high speed until the mixture is smooth. Set aside.
- Prepare the butter garlic dip
In a bowl mix together melted butter, milk, honey, chopped garlic, and chopped parsley. Set aside.
- Prepare yeast for dough
Combine warm water yeast and sugar, set aside.
- Prepare dough
In a bowl combine together flour, sugar, and salt. Add eggs, milk, and active yeast mixture.
- Knead butter into dough
Add butter one at a time for kneading, add flour for about 1-2 tbsp. and butter. Knead until smooth and a little bit sticky. Transfer the dough into a greased bowl, cover, and place in a warm place to rest the dough for 1 hour or until double in size.
- Punch and divide
Punch down the dough to release some air. Transfer dough to a work surface dusted with flour. Divide the dough into 4 pieces and form it into smooth balls. Place the dough in a baking pan with parchment paper, cover, and rest it for 45 minutes.
- Bake and cool
Brush the dough with egg wash and bake in a preheated oven to 180 degrees Celsius and bake it for 15-20 minutes. Let cool.
When the bread is cool enough to handle, cut the bread into 6 or 8 wedges. Make sure not to cut all the way through the bread.
Pipe the cream cheese filling in between each wedge of bread.
Dunk the the filled bread into garlic mixture, making sure to coat the entire bun.
- Final baking
Place the bread in a baking pan with parchment paper, and sprinkle it with parmesan cheese. Bake it again for 12 – 15 minutes.