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|Melon Pan (Japanese Melon Bread)|
We had loved it but in my site crash, I have lost this delicious bread.
So isn’t this a good excuse to “#FireUpYourOven”? On the day, I baked these we had some unexpected guests so no pictures of the new Melon Pan making do with the old ones only.
Melon Pan (Japanese Melon Bread)
- 1 ¾ cups maida/ all-purpose flour (plus extra as required)
- 2 tbsp milk powder
- 1 tsp instant yeast
- ½ tsp salt
- 1/3 cup cold water
- 1 egg, beaten
- 1 tbsp sugar
- 25gm butter, at room temperature
- 1/3 cup chocolate chips
- 1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
- ¾ tsp baking powder
- A large pinch of salt
- 60gm butter, at room temperature
- ¼ cup castor sugar (increase to 1/3 cup for sweeter dough)
- 1 large egg
- ½ tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tsp lemon zest
- Castor sugar for dusting (granulated sugar will do too)
- Before you start making this recipe please watch this video.
- Whisk together the flour, powdered milk, yeast, and salt in the bowl.
- In a small bowl, beat the egg and cold water till well blended. Add this to the flour mixture in the bowl.
- Knead (on low speed in the food processer or with the handheld mixer) till the dough comes together.
- Now increase the speed to medium speed to get a stiff dough.
- Add the sugar and knead well.
- Now add the butter and knead (first at slow speed and then on medium) until the butter is completely incorporated into the dough and the dough becomes smooth and elastic. The reason you knead the dough is that a well-kneaded dough develops gluten.
- Shape the dough into a ball, and place it in a lightly oiled bowl. Cover and let it rise for about an hour or till double in volume.
- Whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt.
- In a bowl cream the soft butter and sugar till fluffy.
- Beat in the egg and vanilla extract till combined.
- Add the flour mixture, lemon zest.
- Beat until just combined.
- Shape the dough into a cylinder to make the flattening job easier and wrap in cling film.
- Refrigerate the dough until required.
- Place it on a lightly floured work surface.
- Lightly grease your baking sheet or line it with parchment. Deflate the dough gently and divide it into 8 equal portions. Cover them all and work on one portion to prevent drying out.
- Shape each portion into a smooth ball like for bread rolls.
- Unwrap the reasonably firm cookie dough cylinder.
- Slice the cylinder into 8 equal portions.
- Flatten the cookie dough between two pieces of plastic sheets or cling film with a flat bottomed pan. It should be reasonably thin.
- Take a ball of slightly puffed bread dough do not deflate it .
- Place the circle of cookie dough on top of it.
- Gently press the cookie dough edge to the bread dough ball so that it covers the top and sides of the ball, but leaves the bottom open.
the covered bread dough by the underside gently press it into some castor
- Then using a scraper or the blunt side of a knife, mark the top of the cookie dough side of the bread roll with a cross hatch/ diamond pattern. Mark deep pattern without cutting the cookies dough layer otherwise it will disappear when the bread rises and bakes.
- Transfer to the greased or parchment lined baking sheet.
- Repeat this with the remaining cookie dough and bread dough balls. Let them rise for an hour under cover.
- Towards the end of one hour pre-heat the oven to 180°C/ 350°F for about 25 minutes, until the tops of the Melon Pan just start turning brown. (If you let them brown too much, the underside of the bread will burn.)
- Transfer to a wire rack to cool thoroughly.
|Melon Pan (Japanese Melon Bread)|
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