Paneer Croissants | How to make Paneer Croissant Sticks

For the second day of Bite size Appetizers, I have a Stuffed Paneer Croissants. These are not your flaky buttery croissants, rather yeasted rolls. However these warm rolls are just right to lighten your time, when you are enjoying time party. In spite of blending in the paneer into the dough, I also stuffed it spiced up, to ensure you get the spicy cheesy dig when you bite into it.

Apart from paneer, I had ideas of stuffing cheese cubes. Then decided that my ideas seem to end up very monotonous, with cheese stuffed into every other snack. I know my kids will love cheese, but including that in everything seems so predictable. I know paneer falls in that category as well.

Just the other day, seeing me work overtime, trying to get all the dishes done for July, Athamma was asking me if I was cooking for the blog for the next two months. I said I have about twenty plus posts to be done for a month. She was shocked and asked what all I plan to make. I said I am aiming at simpler ones and she also nodded saying I must have blogged all of Amma's and hers already! Yes I know, even the simplest chutney has made an appearance. 

So coming back to the paneer Croissants, I hopping on blogs and landed at Archana's. I knew my kids will love it as they enjoyed the twisted Pizza sticks. I thought these might be interesting for them as well. I was very happy when Chinnu tasted it and said he liked it. He went on for second one as well. Konda was going on encouraging him. I know its a good thing he was not eating all purpose loaded stuff. However nothing wrong in just tasting it. So in that way I was much happier.

If you are wondering why those ribbons seem to make an appearance, well those are my boy's handiwork. On a Sunday with about seven dishes to cover, I hardly have energy to set this up. So I ended up asking their help. They decided these ribbons will be great. I didn't want to discourage them. I am hoping with time and exposure, they will learn the coordination soon. 

Paneer Crescents

Ingredients Needed

For the Dough

All purpose flour - 2 cups
Salt - 1.5 tsp
Sugar - 1 tsp
Paneer, crumbled - 1/4 cup
Melted Butter - 2 tbsp
Instant Yeast - 1.5 tsp
Warm Milk - 1/2 cup and water as required to knead to a soft dough

For the Stuffing

Paneer, crumbled - 1/2 cup
Red chili flakes -1 tsp
Salt to taste
Butter for glazing

How to make the Paneer Crescents

In a mixing bowl, take the flour, salt, crumbled paneer, instant yeast, olive oil, sugar and warm water. Mix everything well together. Knead well.

Finally add the melted butter and continue kneading till you get a soft dough. cover and let it rise. Mine rose by 45 mins.

When read to bake, punch it down softly and knead for couple of mins again.

Dust and roll out as to a disc. Using a sharp knife slice through the middle and do a crisscross to get 4 pieces. Slice each again to get a thinner triangle.

Place a small serving of the spiced paneer in the outer wider place and start rolling from outer to inner, ensuring the stuffing is fully covered.

Continue with rest and place everything on a greased baking tray.

Bake in pre heated oven at 185 C for 20 mins.

Brush with butter on top and bake for another 2 mins.

Serve warm.

Stuffing can be more spicy if you want, can stuff with cheese as well. top it with more spiced butter or any other topping if required.

Just before serving you can warm it for 20 -30 secs in MW and pour spiced butter or sauce. You can serve this with some spicy dips as well.

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