2 tablespoons Unsalted Butter, Melted, for brushing after baking
In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a dough hook, or in a large bowl, mix together the flour, yeast, salt, 1 tablespoon of melted butter, brown sugar and 2 cups of very warm water. Once the ingredients are combined, knead for 5-6 minutes by machine, or 10-12 by hand.
The dough should clear the sides and bottom of the bowl and be very soft and smooth, but not overly sticky. If it’s too sticky add a bit more flour, a tablespoon at a time, if it’s really dry and not tacky at all, add a little more water a tablespoon at a time.
Move the dough to a lightly oiled bowl and let rest for 30-60 minutes, the bowl covered tightly with plastic wrap.
Preheat the oven to 500°F. Cut the dough into 3 pieces, and let them rest, covered, for 10 minutes. In a bowl, whisk together the 1/2 cup warm water with the baking soda and set aside. Lightly spray a baking sheet with non-stick cooking spray and set aside.
On a lightly oiled surface, roll out one piece of dough to an 8x15 inch rectangle. Spread 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese on top of the rectangle, leaving a 1/2 inch border around the edge. Spread 4-5 slices of ham on top of the cheese. Roll up the rectangle tightly, starting from one of the long edges and pinch the dough together at the seam to keep it rolled up. Place the roll seam side down and slice it into 8 equal pieces.
Dip each piece into the baking soda solution (whisk it together again in between every couple rolls as the soda tends to settle quickly) and place it on it’s cut side on the baking sheet. Sprinkle with coarse or kosher salt. Don’t worry if some of the cheese falls out into the baking soda wash, most of it will stay in, just work quickly!
Bake for 10-12 minutes or until the rolls are golden brown. When they come out of the oven, brush with the melted butter. Serve warm. They are best immediately after baking them, but they also reheat well, and are very good cold, so there’s options! They freeze well in an airtight container or ziplock to pull out for quick and easy lunch packing!