Saturday, 11 April 2015

Cute Assorted Buns

My son doesn't really fond of soft textured food, so he told me that he doesn't like the bread that I've made. So I thought maybe I should bake some cute animal buns to attract him. He just ate too much stall bought kuih and bread, since I have my own breadmaker I thought it's better to let him ate more of the homemade bread/buns. I've googled to find some inspirations and the sleeping doggy bread bun and the piggy bread bun caught my attention, it is too cute and I thought my son would love this too. I've all the ingredients needed and so i gave it a try last Tuesday.

Cute Animal Buns
Yield: 11pcs 50gm bun and 3pcs 36gm bun
120gm water
60gm milk
3/4 beaten egg (balanced use for egg wash)
375gm bread flour
60gm sugar
1/4+1/8 tsp instant yeast
5pcs sausages (half)
raisins (enough for the eyes and nose)

  1. For breadmaker user: Add in all the ingredients according to your bread maker guide and set to dough function and let the machine knead for 30mins. When it's done, select the proofing function and let it proof for about 1 1/2 hrs.
  2. Hand method: Mix all the ingredients, except butter, in a large bowl to get a dough. Add in butter and knead until dough is springy and soft, this takes around 10 minutes. Then cover the dough with cling wrap and keep in a warm place for it to rise. This take around an hour and the dough should double in size. Do a finger check to check the readiness.
  3. While the dough is raising, soak raisins in water so that they will soften and expand. Dry them on a paper towel and set aside. These will be for the puppy's nose and piggy's eyes. 
  4. Once the dough is ready, punch out the air from the dough with your fist.
  5. Divide the dough to approximately twelve 50gm balls and three 36gm balls. Cover with cling wrap and let the dough rest for 15 minutes.                  
  6. Then follow steps of preparing the dough for each type of bun that you wanted to make.                                                                                                                                                                 For Puppy Bun
    - For the puppy bread, you'll need to divide the 50gm balls again into 35gm and 15gm ball.
    - Half 5 sausages, place a sausage in the middle of the 35gm ball, fold top and bottom and seal by pressing the dough together. Turn the sealed part face down. Seal and form one end as the tail, lightly twist and seal it to the body.
    - Cut the other end of the body to form the legs. Flatten the smaller (15gm) dough ball, make 2 cuts for the ears. Place the head on the body.

    For Piggy bun
    - Slice out 2pcs of sausage and cut one into half for the ears and use a skewer to poke two holes in the other one for the nose.
    - Take a 50gm ball, flatten it and insert 2 candy melts (chocolate) in the bun and seal it.                                                                                                                                      
    For Rope Cheese bun
    - Take a 36gm dough, make a rope from it and twist around the hotdog.                                                
  7. Cover with cling wrap and let the buns proof for 40 minutes.
  8. At the end of 40 minutes, gently place and press the raisins onto the puppy and piggy bun.  Place the ears and nose (hotdog) on the piggy bun. - Slice the cheddar cheese into strips and arrange on top of the rope cheese bun.                    
  9. Brush with egg wash and bake at 180 degrees celcius for around 15 minutes or till they turn golden brown. 
  10. Draw eyes using melted chocolate or food marker as creative as you are.
Top left: Puppy (hotdog) bun,  Left down:Piggy chocolate bun,
Down right: Puppy (hotdog) bun with chocolate deco,  Top right: Cheese hotdog bun
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