Perfect Ham and Cheese Crescent Rolls, prepared with a soft dough and from scratch!
Everyone loves to snack on those stuffed crescent rolls and you can make them at home now.
Learn how to make ham and cheese crescent rolls, step by step with the instructions further below.
You will be in for a treat! The stuffed Ham and Cheese Crescent rolls are for all those who love to bite into small savory pastries and for those who love a melting cheese moment combined with beautiful cuts of ham.
These little crescent babies are special, I used a typical Central European dough variety known as Mürbteig or Short crust curd based dough.
In central Europe, more precisely in Austria and also in Bavaria, we use a firm curd cheese in our traditional baking to make the dough lighter during the baking process.
We call this popular curd cheese Topfen in Austria and Bavaria, while the Germans in the north would know it as Quark.
It’s a semi-hard & soft, nearly tasteless Curd Cheese. It’s available in thicker and less firm variation.
Topfen/Quark is frequently used as the main ingredient in cakes such as the Christmas Stollen and as I had mentioned earlier there is even an own dough variety dedicated to the soft Topfen, better known as Topfenmürbteig.
Mürbteig means shortcrust in English, yet the shortcrust with Curd Cheese is not that common in the English speaking countries. Basically, it’s a curd based shortcrust dough.
However, that shouldn’t stop you from trying out these amazing ham and cheese crescent rolls!
You can still get semi-firm to firm curd cheese in your local area either in a brick and mortar store or you can buy natural online cottage cheese here to prepare the curd based shortcrust dough.
Or you could also make your own cheese curds!
How to make your own cheese curds for your own Ham and Cheese Crescent Rolls dough.
- add lemon juice to milk so that the milk curdles and the casein separates.
- Then take out the lump and place them into a cheesecloth and press out the juice as good as possible
- Place the stuffed cheesecloth with the cheese lumps into a strainer over an empty bowl.
- Let the curds drip down the excess liquids over a period of more than 12 hours
- Place your cheese curds in an airtight container. Store in the fridge but use within days.
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Ham and Cheese Crescent Rolls Recipe below:
- 250 grams All Purpose Flour or 8.8 oz or 2 cups
- 200 grams Butter or Margarine or 7 oz or almost 1 cup into cubes
- 250 grams Cheese Curdor 8.8 oz
- pinch Salt
- 12 Ham slices
- 12 Cheese slices
- 1 Egg
- Sesame Seeds
- To make the dough place the Flour on a pastry matand add the Butter cubes. With your hands crumble the butter into the flour (as seen in the result picture).
- Add the curd cheese and pinch of Salt to the crumbled butter and flour mixture and start to form a dough. The end result should be a smooth soft dough. Use a kitchenaid if you prefer less mess and to save time.
- Place the dough in a bowl and cover it with clean wrap so that no hard crust gets formed on the surface. Keep the dough in the fridge for at least 30 minutes! A cold dough is easier to handle and work with.
- Just before rolling out the dough, preheat oven to 200 Celsius/392 Fahrenheit .
- Once the dough is cold roll it out to a 0,3 millimeter/ ⅛ inch thickness.
- Create triangles with the help of a clean ruler. 10 centimeter width and 15 centimeter height (about 4 x 6 inches) and cut out your triangles as shown.
- Now cut your ham and cheese slices into half. Take one Cheese half into your hand and roll it together. Take the Ham half into your hand and place the rolled in cheese into the center. Fold the ham in at the side corners and on top, so that you have a little parcel. Do that with the rest of the slices.
- Place the little cheese and ham parcel onto one of the triangles. Start to roll in the cheese and ham parcel to form a crescent. The triangle ending should be at the bottom.
- Shape it carefully into a slight crescent form and tuck in and close underneath the dough if open. It should be well sealed or the cheese will melt out and make a mess while baking! Do that with all little crescents.
- In a bowl break the egg and swirl it well. Dip into the egg with a kitchen brush and brush over the crescent surface. That will give the baked goods a nice shine and give a moist feeling. Sprinkle some Sesame seeds on top to finish the crescents.
- Pop the crescents into the oven at 200 Celsius/392 Fahrenheit for about 20 minutes or until they are golden brown baked
- Serve hot as a Snack or even enjoy it as a breakfast/brunch treat!
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The Post, Ham and Cheese Crescent Roll, was first published on 3rd Feb 2013 and has been updated and enhanced ever since.