Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Bun Appétit!

I first made these after my trip to Italy..from a beautiful Italian cooking magazine..I only had a photocopy of the Italian... and worked on it..after first having our friend who speaks Italian help..
They were delicious~
However it's been yrs and I worked hard on the translation..And went by FEEL..also..
It's hard to put FEEL in a recipe for here..So I reached for an older Bread Machine Cookbook I had and picked a recipe..and adapted.
It works..Many would work..I bet even Jacqueline's recipe below would be perfect!

Bocconcini filled little Rosemary Buns/Breads..

You just start with basic ingredients~

I'll post the recipe below..for the bread machine bread..I simply rollled the bread dough once done around a bocconcini ball..and put in muffin cups ( I love muffine cups)

let rise until doubled.. and baked..
They are wonderful w/ a pasta dish..or on their own..the sun-dried tomatoes..rosemary..and melting cheese are a perfect Italian combination..

And really darling to look at..

In a basket..they are eye catching and ask to be eaten..and even painted:) I tried my hand at a little watercolor but the real things looked way better:) and real..

La Recette~
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup sour cream
2 eggs
1 1/4 tsp salt
2 tbsps sugar
2 tbsps butter
3 1/4 cups bread flour
1/2 tsp bread machine yeast

1 egg yolk
1 tbsp water

My Notes..
I added rehydrated sun dried tomatoes, rosemary,and boccocini

I halved the recipe and made 8 breads
I added one tbsp Olive oil
I omitted the glaze..I wanted a bread like top..w/ a crisp.

Place all ings except the sun dried tomatoes and boccocini in the bread machine as per breadmaker's advice.
Use dough cycle

At the beep to add things..add your sun dried tomatoes that you have chopped..
Remove dough.. divide into 8 balls..spray your muffin cups with a cooking spray..lightly..

wrap some bocconcini inside each piece of dough forming a ball..
Cover and let rise until almost doubled.

Place in a pre-heated 375 degree oven and bake for ap 15-20 mins.

When done.. I add a fresh little sprig of rosemary on top.

Since I made my little buns..I also made Jacqueline's.. bread twists on skewers..
I have to say..that this is my favorite breadstick recipe..along with my husband's w/ his pizza sauce..

..for presentation ..taste.. softness yet with a "croquant" that is palatable..My daughters..and Noah.. loved them..did I mention METOO?
I do..below:)

They look great in a vase.. etc..Jacques slides his whole twist off..I tried works:)

They are just so good..Her recipe is delish and fool proof:) I use my breadmaker most of the is nice to use the KA..

Here is her recipe..

Pizza Factory Twisted Breadsticks

1 T. yeast
2 T. sugar
1 1/2 C. warm water
1 T. oil
1 tsp. salt
3 1/2 C. flour

3/4 C. melted butter - divided
3/8 tsp. granulated garlic
1/2 tsp. dried rosemary leaves
1/4 tsp. Season All
1 T. Parmesan cheese

8 - 1/4 inch wooden dowels
cut into 18 inch lengths (craft store)
or 8 - 12 inch skewers
I tried them both ways and decided
I wanted the long wooden dowels like
Pizza Factory uses, but the skewers worked too.

Mix the yeast, sugar and water and
let sit for a couple of minutes to dissolve
the yeast. Add the oil, salt and flour and
knead by hand or with your mixer with a
dough hook for about 5 minutes.

Cover and let rise until double.

Divide dough into 8 equal parts,
about 4 oz. each if you want to use
a kitchen scale.

Lightly flour your hands and roll
the dough into about an 16-18 inch
long "snake". Moisten the top of your
dowel or skewer and begin wrapping
the dough around loosely. Moisten a little where
the breadstick will end too. Pinch to secure
the dough at the top and bottom. Leave about
5 inches at the end of the dowel, if you are using
the longer dowels.

Hang over the edge of a 9x13 inch cake
pan with all of the dough inside the pan.
Let them rise until doubled.
Brush with 1/4 C. melted butter.

Heat oven to 375. Bake at 375 for
about 15- 20 minutes or until just golden.

Meanwhile mix the remaining 1/2 C. melted butter,
seasonings and parmesan cheese.

When the breadsticks come out of the
oven, brush them with the seasoned melted
butter mixture.

The butter just sizzled when I
brushed it on the hot from the oven breadsticks.
Go see her post on has the how tos.. etc..

Her photos made me want to make these:)

I love them too..and the topping? Use what you love!

Thank you Jacqueline~

A little Italy..and a little here~

Oh oui..and a little France~


  1. i have those breadsticks bookmarked too, they are so cute... and your muffins too!

    you must be in a fall mode, its been 100 degrees for a week, bleech, i am still into cooling summer foods. even though i hit homegoods and bot fall today... girls gotta plan!

  2. I cannot wait to see your Homegoods purchases..:)

    These breadsticks have your name and S's all over them..I turned the vase around to hide your names:)

    Oh they are good..warm..straight out of the oven.. don't make them and eat them cold later.
    Savor the warm moment:)

    A few figs on the side:)

  3. These little buns sound so incredibly amazing. What's not to love about a little piece of Italy!

  4. I wish there was "smellovision" on the computer. Bread is my favorite thing on the planet. I pull out my big marble slab and the kneading is therapeutic. Really! I make it when I'm stressed, it calms me. I make it when I'm relaxed, it makes me happy. I make it when I'm upset, it soothes me. It's the salt of the Earth to me.
    Everything you do is a work of art. Pass the butter, please! :)
    xo isa

  5. Isa.. it's the same for me.. I wonder if you know how many times you have crossed my mind since your post~?

  6. I can almost smell the gorgeous aroma of baking from here.

  7. What cute, tasty buns. Rosemary and cheese must make these really delicious. Love the title of this post :)

  8. I made oatmeal bread yesterday but it didn't look near as pretty as your breads. I am inspired now!


  9. I have to say that these just beg to be eaten. One question, did you make the little papers around them? Knowing you, I think the answer is yes.

    P.S. I have been meaning to say how much I love the little floating stars. I play with them each time I am on your site. I find myself making different designs with them. Such fun.

  10. Hi Karen..I didn't make them muffin cps/wrappers..I bought them on Etsy..a long time ago..a few different ones..
    I like them..They would be fun to make:)

    Carolyn.. nothing you could make .. would be less than stellar:)

    Thank you.. I hope you enjoy these one day..

    Honestly..Jacqueline's take the bun:)

  11. The breads are wonderful. I'm going to give them a try. Thank you for the recipes! Cherry Kay

  12. Des petits pains qui me paraissent très croustillants... Hum comme j'aimerais les déguster, si je n'avais pas cette allergie au gluten!! grrrrr!
    Tant pis ! je ferai ta recette tout de même pour les autres et je goûterai un petit peu...
    Gros bisous ma chère Nana... Profite bien de l'Italie, c'est un si beau pays.

  13. Monique, you take everything to the next level.

    I love the cupcake wrappers that you use.


  14. Those are absolutely stunning. I will have to try this. And I am in love with those muffin wrappers!!! I so miss Italy...

  15. It all looks fabulous Monique. Your pictures are always wonderful. I, too, love the muffin wrappers! How adorable! xxoo

  16. you gave me a great idea, here the paper cup for muffins are not so nice, but you used the mini panettoni cups...and I got them....have a nice day, and if you need some translation from italaian recipoe....I'm here, hugs Flavia

  17. Flavia! Yes..Now I can ask you:) I will post the true recipe:) As soon as I scan it:) You probably get this great magazine..Thank you..
    Etsy has adorable wrappers..the girl I bought them from is not selling anymore and I ave yet to find them again..

    Martine..nou savons tous..nos petits accrocs:( Take care..

    I bet you could make some gluten free?

    Thank you..have a great day~

  18. yes im making these. they are pretty and the idea of making them in paper cups is brilliant. as the one on skewers! im making.

  19. Monique, ground rice is similar in consistency to semolina. I think you could probably grind some minute rice and get something quite similar.

  20. I've resisted buying a bread machine for years, but I do love bread and it would make the job so much easier. One of these days... Lovely post, Monique. You have a way of making everyday things very special.

  21. What beautiful muffins - and breadstickss. Lovely recipe - almost worth buying a bread machine for!

  22. It's fall! The oven can once again be used! Your breads look so tasty...a work of art, too.

  23. Gorgeous...I really must invest in a bread machine....they all look stunning Monique...I wish I could have smelt your home as all this was baking!
    Thank you..I will definately give this recipe a go....and those paper cups just take them to the next level.
    Shel x

  24. Little bread buns and bread-sticks, and so artistic arranged, what a great baking post Monique!

  25. Everything looks delicious coming from your kitchen! I bookmarked Jacqueline's recipe as soon as I saw it - one day soon.

    I keep thinking I need to have a bread machine but for just the two of us...I resist.

    I remember your bocconcini. I made some last year - delicious and so pretty in those paper cups. I love the one in French :)

  26. Monique... They look yummy! Which magazine was the recipe from?
    Monica xo

  27. Oh num, monique... those look so good! Funny doing translations... sometimes they don't go over perfectly and it's good to improvise. What ever you did turned out beautifully!

  28. I have semolina I think..I have to try those Marie:)

    Susan..I wondered if you would remember..a flashback from gardenbuddy days:)

    Monica..i could cry ..useless little tears right now..
    I took out the make the breads..and I can't find it now..I will..But right now I put it where I wouldn't forget I put it..
    It was not Cucina was in Sept 2008.. I even found the recipe on an Italian blog shortly thereafter..
    So now I am on a mission to find my sheet:)
    We even leave our bread machine out..(Kind of hidden around the corner:) )..we have used it diligently and with pleasure.. for yrs..J's pizza every Friday night..most of our breads(always baked in the oven..we never acquired a taste for the look of a bread machine bread)..

    So reasonably priced also..and they last forever and a seems:)

    Etsy has great muffin wrappers:)

    Thank you..

  29. Oh, everything you do is artistic. Absolutely gorgeous.
    Limited computer time, but stopping by for a quick hello.
    Hugs ~ Sarah

  30. Great recipe and images, look forward to trying! Did you make the muffin wrappers yourself?

  31. Prue..I bought the wrappers..she is no longer on Etsy:( I would have liked to order more..
    As gifts too..

    Hope all is well Sarah...

    Bonne nuit!

  32. Beautiful, Monique! I love those muffin wrappers they highlight your wonderful boccocini. I read over your comments and see that you bought the muffin cups on ETSY, I'll have to look into that! I am pinning a couple of your images on pinterest... they are worth keeping. YUMMY
    I just threw out my bread maker and now I am having second thoughts!
    Always inspirational.

  33. SO CUTE!! I love the story behind these, too. Leave it to you, Ms. Magical M, to make them extra special. :)

    My server is not behaving, I can only see some of your pictures :( I'll try again tomorrow.

    Thank you for sharing this. xoxo ~m.

  34. So glad I just discovered your blog---what a wonderful post, the little muffin breads are adorable. I gave away my bread machine, now I may have to get another one.

  35. Monica..I found my sheet:)

    But It doesn't have the name of the magazine..

    It does say..

    Una Cena Cheap & Chic le Ricette..Foto di pa.17..Bocconcini di focaccia:)

    I also found the purveyor of those cups.. not her Etsy site..I'll keep you posted.

    Thanks everyone..Have a great day.

  36. Oh I LOVE the muffin cups (and the idea)! They make the buns look so twee. But then again, they have your magic touch. :) I ate at an Italian resto a while back, and they served freshly baked bread in individual cups ... very similar to these, but yours look much prettier! XOXOXOXO

  37. Oh yum! I am so ready to bake some bread and definitely these twisted breadsticks. What a fun and dramatic presentation this would be at a party.
    As always, merci, Monique!

  38. I tried to email you in reply to your comment, but you are a no-reply status, Monique!
    Thank you for thinking of me, I am overwhelmed with the love and support from people I have never seen face to face. My heart aches in a good way.
    I have not been to Italy except in my dreams, and hope to get there, soon!
    I love the mouse glitter, I come by just to play with it sometimes. :)
    xoxo piza

  39. I love those muffin cups; adorable!
    This looks and sounds wonderful. I have looked for |King Arthur flour and never found it in my area; but I also use unbleached flour. Saving this recipe; merci.

  40. Monique, you have outdone yourself! How fabulous are those? And I love the muffin cups. Wherever did you get them?
    Thanks for the recipe..never thought of doing this!

  41. Monique these are beyond gorgeous!
    I am so making these..both of them as soon as am able...
    I have some of those little cups...the brown and gold ones that I have been saving for just the right moment...and it looks like this is going to be it!
    I adore the other wrappers too! Can not wait for a link to buy some!
    Your pics as always are magnificent!

  42. She is no longer on Etsy..But I tracked her down..Here she is..
    Go and enjoy..I hope to order from her again one day soon..

    I am so happy i found her again..Go look..the cutest really:)

    Rita..I bring the flour back from Massena..Florida..Vermont:)


    I am here for you.

    Ju..Linda..Karen..Well you know..:)

  43. I know what you mean about baking by feel. There have been times I've been preparing a bread dough, and even though I'm following a recipe, it doesn't feel right. It's good to trust your instincts. I love both of these bready dishes here. Imagine they are just delightful still warm from the oven!

  44. Thanks Monique for the muffin cup information. She doesn't carry the adorable ones you have here, but there are some others that are wonderful.

  45. Monique, these are so chic and classy. Sigh, I wish I was a baker...
    Loved the last photo with the straw shopping bag. Is that a chicken jug? He's adorable.

  46. It is.. Deruta pottery..I had fallen in love w/ it in Italy..and we could not bring the few dishes home etc..lo and behold.. a gentleman passed away in my little town..he had owned this and some dishes..his wife sold them at our local little second hand shop..I was a volunteer at the time and spotted them:)

    They live with us..

    Have a great weekend everyone.

  47. These looks just wonderful, and I can only imagine the smell and taste. Your photos, as always, just so remarkably beautiful. It's always a pleasure to visit here--a real feast in every way.

  48. I can just smell the wonderful aroma in your kitchen! your rolls and breadsticks are both exquisite. So glad you liked the breadsticks! I would love them dipped in Jacques sauce. Such pretty muffin cups. Too bad they aren't on Etsy anymore. Anything you make is lovely and your photos always enchant me!

  49. Just mouthwatering...looks so easy to prepare and delicious.

  50. Oh my! I love anything when you can make the dough in the bread machine. I love my bread machine to death. You muffins/biscuits look so savory, and the breadsticks too. Now I'm anxious to make these.

  51. Those bread buns and breadsticks look ever so tempting! Beautiful creations. "drool"