You can’t beat a sandwich on fresh baked bread. These pocket sandwiches are filled with ham and swiss cheese inside a delicious honey wheat roll, simple and quite delicious. The bread is adapted from the 40 Minute Hamburger Buns from The Best of Country Breads cookbook from Taste of Home. I have had a few comments about the amount of yeast, and it does seem like a lot, but it allows you have homemade bread in under an hour. Pocket sandwiches are so nice especially with kids, everything is contained and not too messy. I have made these sandwiches many times and sometimes the cheese seems to absorb into the bread, so this time I wrapped the ham around the cheese and they turned out great! These can be made ahead and stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for a day or two. Perfect for picnics and school lunches, which seem to be lurking right around the corner!
Honey Wheat Pocket Sandwiches with Ham & Swiss
1 1/4 cups warm water
2 tablespoons active-dry yeast
1/4 cup honey (or sugar)
1/3 cup oil
1 teaspoon salt
2 cups whole wheat flour
1 1/2-2 cups all purpose flour
24 slices of thin sliced ham
6 slices swiss cheese, cut into fourths
3 tablespoons butter, melted
In a mixing bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Add oil and honey; let stand for 5 minutes. Add the egg, salt, wheat flour and enough all purpose flour to form a soft dough. Turn onto a floured surface; knead 3-5 minutes. Divide dough into 12 equal pieces. Flatten each piece into about a 4 inch round, cover with a damp cloth or plastic wrap and set aside.
For each sandwich you will need 2 slices of ham and 2 pieces of the cheese. Layer ham and place cheese in the center, folding ham around cheese. Place 1 ham and cheese bundle in the center of one flattened piece of dough. Wrap dough around ham bundle, pinching seams to seal and place seam side down on a greased or lined baking sheet. Repeat with remaining ham and bread dough. Cover and allow to rest for 15 minutes. Brush each sandwich with melted butter and bake for 12-15 minutes at 425 degrees. Remove to a wire rack to cool slightly. Serve warm or at room temperature.