These are the Totoro buns I made. :)
Aren't they cute? Ok, I'm bias, I love Totoro, lol. :)
I served them for our breakfast the following day.
Before I share the recipe, I want to share these super cute Totoro cream puffs we had in Japan.
The bakery that sells this is Shiro-Hige's Cream Puff Factory. The bakery is located in a cosy neighbourhood, in a lovely two-storey house. There is a cafe upstairs that serves pasta too.
The cream puffs are so cute, can't bear to eat them.
I love their signboard!
Back to my Totoro bread bun, recipe below. :)
TOTORO BREAD BUN RECIPE
150g bread flour
70ml warm water
15g butter, at room temperature
50g plain flour
20g butter, at room temperature
- Prepare cookie dough first, beat butter with sugar. Slowly add in egg and continue beating. Finally mix in the flour till a dough is formed. Cling wrap dough and leave in the fridge.
- Mix all ingredients for bread dough in a bowl. Knead until dough is soft and springy, this takes about 10 minutes. If you have a bread maker, you can just use the dough function for this step.
- Cover the dough with cling wrap and keep in a warm place for it to rise. This takes around an hour and the dough should double in size.
- Dust your work table with some flour, place dough on it. Punch out the air from the dough with your fist. Divide the dough into 6 portions.
- Cut out two small ears from each portion, roll them out and shaped into balls. Cover with cling wrap and let the dough rest for 15 minutes.
- Take out the cookie dough, roll out between 2 pieces of parchment paper and cut out circles for Totoro's tummy.
- Roll out bread dough and shape them again, place them on a baking tray lined with parchment paper, and add on the cookie dough cut out.
- Cover with cling wrap and let dough rise for 40 minutes.
- Preheat oven to 180 degrees celcius. Bake for around 15 minutes.
- Draw in the details using chocolate.