Melon Buns

Unfortunately, these buns have nothing in common with melons, except for their shape. Fortunately, they have really nice texture and mild taste that makes them perfect in case you are expecting some guests, or when you are in a search for something out of the ordinary. As you can imagine, the recipe stems from Japan – melon buns became popular after the 1st World War, and are now associated with traditional treats. You can find them in almost any shop in Japan.

Melon Buns

Here are the ingredients you will need: 

Ingredients:

200 ml milk

20 gr yeast

50 gr sugar

40 gr butter

1 egg

350 gr flour

Cookie dough:

1 egg

50 gr butter

60 gr sugar

Zest from ½ lemon

1 table spoon lemon juice

150 gr flour

Preparation

Take a large bowl. Dissolve yeast in milk, mix in 3-4 table spoons flour and 1 teaspoon sugar, and set it aside to let the yeast activate. Meanwhile, let’s make the cookie dough in another bowl. Grind softened butter with sugar, add egg, until even. Blend in the lemon juice and zest and mix in the flour, until the dough no longer sticks to the bowl. Roll it in a ball, wrap up in plastic cover and set it in a fridge. Now take the bread dough and add egg, butter and ¼ of the flour and blend together. Add flour little by little, until it’s less sticky, and mince it with your hands for about 10 minutes (you can also use a kitchen machine instead, if you have one at home). Place the dough in a bowl and leave in a warm place for 1,5 – 2 hours. Afterwards, mince it for a couple of minutes to remove all the air; divide the dough in 12 pieces of the same size, form the buns, and line them on a baking tray covered with parchment paper. Take the cookie dough out of the fridge, likewise, divide it into 12 pieces, and roll them out in flat circles, enough to cover the top of the buns. Drizzle some sugar on top and slightly cut the cookie dough into rectangular shapes. Bake for 15 minutes in a preheated oven on 180⁰C. Voila!  Or how Japanese would say: itadakimasu!

Lea Rozena

Food Journalist

Having two major passions in life, healthy products and Japan – I am happy to share my experiences with you putting the two in one: cooking Japanese style. For me, it is very important that a product has natural flavour and colour, no preservatives or excessive amount of fat. I always prefer to make my food from scratch- making my own dough, batter, filling or cake decoration. And Japan… Japan is the land of my dreams, where a fairy tale becomes reality. The combination of traditions and highly modern metropolitan life encourages you to explore it more and more. Japanese cuisine is rich with fish, vegetables and rice, making it one of the healthiest. Therefore, I will introduce to you some of the most basic Japanese recipes, along with the ones I have adjusted to European lifestyle. Happy reading and happy cooking!

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