Melonpan (メロンパン)

Melonpan, which many Japanese people (including Dorami-chan, Doraemon’s sister) love, is bread covered with cookie dough. Don’t get confused: melonpan was named after melons, but we cannot find any melons in the recipe. “Melon-looking-bread” ­- that’s the Melonpan!

Ingredients

[Bread dough]
  • 250 g of bread flour
  • 2 g of dried yeast
  • 1/2 of beaten egg
  • 60 cc of water
  • 75 g of milk
  • 25 g of sugar
  • 4 g of salt
  • 25 g of butter
[cookie dough]
  • 200 g of all-purpose flour
  • 60 g of sugar
  • 1/2 of beaten egg
  • 100 g of butter
  • 1 tbsp of grated yuzu peel (otherwise lemon peel)

Instruction

  1. [Prepation of bread dough] In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in water. Add sugar, bread flour, and salt.
     
  2. Turn onto a table; knead until smooth and elastic.
  3. Add some butter and knead for more a few minutes. Place the dough in a bowl, cover, and rise in a warm place until doubled.
    Before adding butter

  4. [Preparation of cookie dough] In a bowl, put softened butter and stir until the texture becomes creamy. Add sugar and mix it. Then add the beaten egg and grated yuzu. And mix it well.
  5. Add all-purpose flour and mix it until it gathers together. Turn onto a table and knead its texture becomes smooth. Then wrap with a wrapping film and put it in a fridge for about 30 minutes.

  6. Punch the bread dough down and divide the bread dough into eight parts. Cover divided dough with a wrapping film; leave them for 10 minutes.

  7. Divide the cookie dough into eight parts. Round divided bread dough into a sphere.

  8. Roll out the cookie dough to make a flat circle. Then take one divided bread dough and cover with the cookie dough.

  9. Put lines to make mesh pattern like a melon.

  10. Cover the shaped dough with a wrapping film. And leave it at room temperature for about 60 minutes.

  11. Pre-heat an oven at 190 °C (374 °F) and bake for about 16 minutes.
  12. Now your melonpan is ready. いただきます! 

 

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