I stumbled across this recipe on the internet a couple weeks ago and couldn't wait for an excuse to make it. While they didn't turn out as well as I'd hoped for, they're pretty delicious and they served my BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwiches well.
Three-quarters of a cup of lukewarm water*
Four tablespoons butter, melted
Three and a half cups of all-purpose flour*
Two tablespoons sugar
Three-quarters of a cup of finely grated cheese**
One and a quarter teaspoons salt
One teaspoon onion powder, optional
Two and a half teaspoons (one packet) yeast
Melted butter, for brushing the tops
Combine all the ingredients in a mixer to make a sticky, tacky dough. Cover and let rise until the dough has doubled, about an hour. (My dough never doubled, and I gave it three hours in a warm, moist environment.) Divide into eight equal pieces and shape into smooth balls.
Place on a parchment-lined baking sheet and let rise another hour. Brush the tops with melted butter and bake at 350F till light golden brown, about 18 minutes.
Brush the tops with butter again and remove to a wire rack to cool.
*Depending on the weather where you live, you may need more flour or water to reach the desired sticky consistency. I ended up using about a cup and a half of water and three and three-quarters cups of flour.
**I used the powdered kind of parmesan.
Takes half an hour of hands-on time, plus rising and baking time.
Makes 8 buns.