Sweet and savory bread on a serving platter.

Sweet and Savory Bread Basket

This Sweet and Savory Bread Basket is an assortment of 4 flavors, sweet and savory, combined in one batch. Ham and cheese, chocolate, honey and liver spread.

Course Appetizer, Breakfast
Cuisine American, Asian
Keyword sweet and savory bread
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 18 minutes
rise times for the dough 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 18 minutes
Servings 15
Calories 318 kcal
Author sanna

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup warm water 105-115 F
  • 2 and 1/4 tsp active dry yeast
  • 3/4 cup warm milk
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter softened
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 egg beaten, for egg wash

For the Honey Cream Filling

  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 and 1/2 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 3 tbsp honey

For the Ham and Cheese

  • 4 slices ham or more depending on how thick the ham.
  • 4 slices cheddar cheese about 1/4 inch thick slices
  • sesame seeds for topping

For the Chocolate

  • 4 squares chocolates about 1 and 1/2 inches pieces
  • grated chocolate for garnish

For the Liver Spread

  • 4-5 tbsp liver spread canned

Instructions

Make the Dough

  1. In a mixing bowl, combine yeast, about 1 tsp of the sugar and warm water. Let this stand for about 5 minutes, until foamy. Add the remaining sugar, egg, milk butter and salt. Stir everything with a wooden spoon.

  2. Add 3 cups of flour, one cup at a time and stir everything well until incorporated. Start to add the remaining flour gradually, stirring, just until the dough cleans the bowl and gathers into a shaggy mass. You may not need all of the flour.

  3. Turn the dough over onto a floured board. Knead until smooth and elastic, adding a bit of flour, as needed to help with the stickiness. Shape the kneaded dough into a ball, place it in a bowl and cover with a clean kitchen towel. Let the dough rise at room temperature for 1 to 1/2 hours. Meanwhile, make the honey Cream filling. (see instructions at the bottom)

  4. Deflate the dough and divide it into 15 equal portions.

Honey Cream Buns (4 pieces)

  1. Take one portion of dough and flatten it with your palms. Spoon about a tablespoon of honey cream in the center. Fold the edges of the dough over to cover the filling. Shape the dough into a smooth ball. Pinch the ends at the bottom and seal. Repeat with 3 more dough portions. Place them on a large baking pan that is lined with parchment paper.

Ham and Cheese Buns (4 pieces)

  1. Using your palms, flatten one portion of dough into an oval that is about the same size as your hand. Place a slice of ham (or two depending on how thick your ham is) in the center of the oval. Lay a slice of cheese in the center. Fold the ham as needed so that it fits within the oval. Fold the top half of the oval over to center, then the bottom half over the top. Pinch the ends of the oval to seal and smoothen the shape. Repeat with the other three portions. Arrange them on the baking pan along with the rest of the buns.

Chocolate Buns (3 pieces)

  1. Using your palms, flatten a portion into about 1/4 inch thickness. Lay a piece of chocolate in the center of the dough. Fold the edges over to the center and form a smooth ball. Pich the ends at the bottom to seal. Repeat with the remaining three portions. Arrange in the pan along with the rest of the dough.

Liver Spread Buns (3 pieces)

  1. Using your palms, flatten a portion of dough into a thinner oval ( see photos in the post). Spoon about a tablespoon and a half along the ccenter of the oval. Roll into a log and seal the ends. Repeat with the other two portions and arrange them in the pan along with the rest.

Let the Rolls Rise and Bake

  1. Cover the baking pan with a clean kitchen towel and let them rise for an hour or so, until puffy and doubled in size. Preheat oven to 350 F. Brush the buns with the beaten egg. Sprinkle sesame seeds on top of the liver spread buns and ham and cheese buns. Bake the buns at 350 F for 18-22 minutes, or until golden.

  2. Sprinkle grated chocolate over the warm chocolate buns. Arrange the buns on a basket or serving bowl.

To Make the Honey Cream

  1. In a saucepan over medium heat, melt the butter until bubbly. Add the flour and stir together using a whisk for about a minute or until the mixture has browned a little bit. Add the evaporated milk and continue stirring until mixture thickens. Add the honey. Stir mixture well until the consistency is thick like condensed milk. It will thicken up as it cools down.

Recipe Notes

Not a fan of liver spread? Substitute hotdogs or another kind of sliced meat (roastbeef, chicken breast etc.).

(Nutrition Value is approximate)

Nutrition Facts
Sweet and Savory Bread Basket
Amount Per Serving (1 bun)
Calories 318 Calories from Fat 126
% Daily Value*
Fat 14g22%
Saturated Fat 8g50%
Cholesterol 66mg22%
Sodium 340mg15%
Potassium 137mg4%
Carbohydrates 39g13%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 12g13%
Protein 10g20%
Vitamin A 995IU20%
Calcium 86mg9%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.