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  1. Weigh your flour; or measure it by gently spooning it into a cup, then sweeping off any excess. Mix, then knead all of the ingredients except the ham and cheese — by hand, mixer, or bread machine set on the dough cycle — until a smooth dough forms.

  2. Knead in the ham and cheese.

  3. Gather the dough into a ball and place it in a greased bowl. Cover the bowl and let the dough rise for 1 hour, or until it's noticeably puffy.

  4. Gently deflate the dough and divide it into 7 pieces. Shape each piece into a ball.

  5. Place the dough balls in a lightly greased 1 1/2-quart baker or 9" round cake pan.

  6. Cover the pan and allow the dough to rise until puffy, 30 minutes to 1 hour. Near the end of the rising time, preheat the oven to 325°F.

  7. Bake the buns for 35 to 40 minutes, tenting after 20 minutes to prevent over-browning. Remove them from the oven, turn them out of the pan, cool completely, and serve.