Cumin Cheese Buns


Cumin Cheese Buns are a delightful fusion of aromatic spices and rich, cheesy goodness, making them a perfect snack or side dish. These buns are soft, fluffy, and infused with the warm, earthy flavor of cumin, complemented by the savory taste of cheese. Whether served warm from the oven or as a part of a meal, these buns are sure to become a favorite.


  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 packet (2 1/4 teaspoons) active dry yeast
  • 1 cup warm milk (110°F/45°C)
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup shredded cheese (Cheddar, mozzarella, or a blend)
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds (optional, for topping)
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter (for brushing)


  1. Prepare the Yeast:
    • In a small bowl, combine the warm milk and sugar. Sprinkle the yeast over the top and let it sit for about 5-10 minutes, until it becomes frothy and active.
  2. Mix the Dough:
    • In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, salt, and ground cumin. Make a well in the center and add the yeast mixture, olive oil, and egg. Stir until a shaggy dough forms.
  3. Knead the Dough:
    • Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead for about 8-10 minutes, until the dough is smooth and elastic. If the dough is too sticky, add a little more flour, a tablespoon at a time.
  4. First Rise:
    • Place the dough in a lightly oiled bowl, cover with a damp cloth or plastic wrap, and let it rise in a warm, draft-free area for about 1-1.5 hours, or until it has doubled in size.
  5. Incorporate the Cheese:
    • Once the dough has risen, punch it down to release the air. Turn it out onto a floured surface and gently knead in the shredded cheese until evenly distributed.
  6. Shape the Buns:
    • Divide the dough into 12 equal pieces. Shape each piece into a ball and place them on a parchment-lined baking sheet, spaced slightly apart. Cover with a damp cloth and let them rise for another 30 minutes, or until puffy.
  7. Preheat the Oven:
    • Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C).
  8. Prepare for Baking:
    • Brush the tops of the buns with melted butter and sprinkle with cumin seeds, if using.
  9. Bake:
    • Bake the buns in the preheated oven for 20-25 minutes, or until they are golden brown and sound hollow when tapped on the bottom.
  10. Cool and Serve:
    • Allow the buns to cool slightly on a wire rack. Serve warm or at room temperature.


  • Cheese Choice: Feel free to experiment with different cheeses or combinations. Cheddar, Gouda, and Gruyère all work wonderfully.
  • Extra Flavor: Add finely chopped herbs like parsley, chives, or thyme for an additional flavor boost.
  • Storage: Store any leftover buns in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 days. They can be reheated in the oven before serving.


Cumin Cheese Buns are a perfect blend of savory cheese and aromatic cumin, creating a unique and flavorful bread that is sure to delight. These buns are versatile, easy to make, and ideal for any occasion. Whether enjoyed as a snack, a side dish, or part of a meal, they are a fantastic addition to your baking repertoire. Enjoy the warm, comforting aroma and taste of these delicious buns fresh from the oven!


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