These cheese poppers are totally addictive. Ya can’t eat just one, so I suggest you not even try and just call these lunch! My Country Buttermilk Bread is the base for these babies, and they are stuffed with cheddar and scallions. But you can make them with any fillings you like. Pizza poppers? How about green olive and cream cheese for Mama? Let’s get creative and let’s get baking!
This is Episode 2 of our “Mama & Me Baking Series”. You can watch Episode 1 right here where we make Classic Pound Cake. Bake along, won’t you?
Watch the tutorial video of me and my girls making these yummy cheese poppers!
Work from this printable recipe that I created! I can email it right to you for printing.
My Country Buttermilk Bread Recipe is what I chose for these bread bites, and it’s perfect.
Ingredients you will need:
1 cup full fat cultured buttermilk
½ cup hot water
3 tsp. dry active yeast
3 T. honey
½ tsp. salt
3 ½ all purpose flour
(plus extra for dusting)
Fillings such as cheddar cheese squares, scallions or whatever you want to stuff inside your bread bites!
Optional: one extra egg for egg wash, toppings such as sesame seeds
Quick tips for baking with kids:
Baking with my kids is really fun, but there are always few things I consider to avoid the festivities turning into mayhem. First, I make sure we have all the ingredients before sounding the “we’re baking” alarm!
My bigger kids can get things down from a cupboard, but when I am baking with my toddlers I take time to gather up and set out all the ingredients and supplies, like bowls, mixing spoons, and the pan. Then I don’t have to walk away from the “helpers” and leave room for a potential disaster (or, let’s be honest, a fight over who gets to stir the batter!)
If I’m working with the smaller kids, I will often pre-measure some of more messy ingredients like the flour and sugar, but still let them measure the smaller things like salt and vanilla. That way they don’t get frustrated and it keeps the pace moving.
My older kids can read the directions and know how to measure, so they need much less help. But of course I put them to work “teaching” the littler kids how to mix and measure as well! They LOVE taking on the role of teacher!
I chat through each step of the process and give a really quick explanation of why that ingredient is important! This isn’t a science lesson for us, because the purpose of it is to have fun. But it is AMAZING how much information they will retain when they are getting their hands and brains engaged with the info!
Last, I don’t worry about messes. I do ask them to help me put the dishes away and wipe up afterwards, but I know it’s messy and that’s just ok. It’s worth it.
And of course, if they wish to, I let them serve me the goodies they have made. They love this part, and they are so proud of their creations and being able to serve them to mom and dad. I let them make crooked cuts and be proud of their work!
In a big bowl, mix together all the ingredients besides the flour, and beat together well. Let is sit for a few minutes to let the yeast dissolve.
Next, Add about ⅓ of the flour and beat with a whisk until it is smooth. Then add the rest of the flour and use a wooden spoon to mix as much as you can.
Dump the dough onto a well floured surface and knead it for about 5 minutes until it is nice and smooth and most of the flour has been incorporated. (If you are using an electric mixer, put it on medium speed for about 5 minutes.)
Place it back in the mixing bowl and let it rise for about 2 hours. Cover the bowl to keep it from drying out.
Make your bread bites!
We loved stuffing our bread bites with cheddar cheese squares and scallions. First we cut the bread into little pieces, flattened them out a bit, and wrapped them around the cheese! Makes sure to pinch the bottoms closed, or your fillings may leak out. We had a few leaks but they were still yummy.
We also had a few “volcanos” where cheese busted out the top, so make sure that your bread does not get to thin on top.
I like to paint my bread with an “egg wash” which is just an egg beaten with a spoonful of water. This gives them a beautiful shiny finish, but it’s totally optional. We also sprinkled our cheese poppers with sesame seeds for decoration. (You can see how we do that in the video above)
We let our poppers rise for 30 minutes, then baked at 350℉ for 25 minutes. They turned out so well!
And that’s it! You gotta try it! They are so yummy and fun to make.