Melon Pan | How to make Melon Pan

By Namita Tiwari  |  18th Nov 2016  |  
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About Melon Pan Recipe

Melon Pan is a classic Japanese sweet bread covered with a thin layer of crisp cookie crust with grid line pattern on top. Melon pans are made from an enriched dough. You’ll love to bite into the crisp sweet cover with soft bun inside. You may shape some like turtles for your little ones and see them squeal with joy!

Melon Pan is delicious and authentic dish. Melon Pan by Namita Tiwari is a great option when you want something interesting to eat at home. Restaurant style Melon Pan is liked by most people . The preparation time of this recipe is 120 minutes and it takes 15 minutes to cook it properly. Melon Pan is an amazing dish which is liked by the people of every region. By the help of this recipe you can definitely know how to make a perfect Melon Pan. Melon Pan is an amazing dish which is perfectly appropriate for any occasion. Melon Pan is delicious as well as healthy dish because it contains large amount of healthy nutrients. Surprise your family and friends by preparing this restaurant style Melon Pan at your home.

Melon Pan

Ingredients to make Melon Pan

  • Main Dough Ingredients:
  • 1 and 1/3 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup cake flour*
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoon fine sugar
  • 1 and 1/4 teaspoon dry instant yeast
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 3 and 1/2 tablespoon warm milk
  • 1/4 cup warm water
  • 2 and 1/2 tablespoons butter, cut into small cubes
  • Cookie Dough Ingredients:
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 cup fine sugar or powdered sugar
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 1 and 1/2 cup and 2 tablespoons cake flour*
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar for topping
  • Some chocolate chips

How to make Melon Pan

  1. To prepare the main dough, whisk together the first five ingredients in a large bowl.
  2. Now add in the beaten egg, warm milk and 3 and 1/2 tablespoon warm water. Use a spatula to gently mix the ingredients together until well combined.
  3. The dough will be wet and sticky and a bit messy. You may use your hands to bring it together. In case if the dough is dry, you may add more water.
  4. Once it comes together as a loose ball, transfer it to the counter dusted with flour. Knead the dough by pushing it forward with the heels of your hand and then pulling it back with fingers. Stretch the dough, fold the top half of the dough in half back toward you. Stretch and repeat.
  5. Repeat this process for about 5 minutes. This will develop gluten strands. The dough will become more and more manageable and supple. If dough is sticky, dust your hands with flour and knead.
  6. After 5 to 8 minutes, once dough becomes smooth and elastic, stretch into a rectangle. Put cubes of butter and roll up the dough. Begin to knead by stretching and pulling. (Your hands and work surface will become greasy and messy initially but with time, the dough will keep absorbing butter and become manageable.)
  7. Bang the dough on work surface and roll it away from you. Repeat. Push out with the heels of your palm and pull it back. After 5 to 6 minutes, you'll get smooth silky dough. Shape the dough into a ball by pulling from the sides to the bottom and pinching them together.
  8. Place in a greased bowl and cover with a cling film. Keep in a warm place for 1 and 1/2 hour. While the dough is rising, work on the cookie dough.
  9. For the cookie dough, beat together the butter and sugar until it's light and fluffy. Add in the egg and beat till it's mixed well.
  10. Whisk together the flour and baking powder in a large bowl. Add it to the wet mixture. Mix till the dough comes together.
  11. Collect the dough and make into a ball. Keep it in the refrigerator. After 50 minutes, when the dough becomes hard, cut it into 10 equal pieces.
  12. Take 3 pieces and keep the rest in the refrigerator. Crumble the three pieces and add in cocoa powder. Knead till you get a uniform colour. Put it back in the refrigerator.
  13. To shape the main dough, transfer the risen dough onto the counter, press the dough and deflate. Fold it in thirds and repeat.
  14. Shape it into a ball. With a sharp knife divide into half and make five equal pieces of both the halves. You get 10 pieces. Roll each piece into a ball by stretching and folding the sides. Place on a baking tray lined with parchment paper.
  15. To shape the Melon Pans, while the dough balls are resting, take out the cookie dough pieces on the floured counter. Shape into balls and roll out into small circles of about 10 cm one by one.
  16. Take the dough pieces. Deflate and fold in thirds. Then shape into balls by stretching and folding.
  17. Take the cookie circle in your hand, place the dough ball with seam side up and wrap it around the cookie circle. Repeat for all the pieces. Dip the melon pans into a bowl with sugar. Dust off the extra sugar and make three cuts each side with a knife.
  18. If you want to shape some like turtles, pinch out 4 small pieces of dough for face, two flippers,and a tail. Shape the pieces. Prepare a paste with 1 teaspoon of all-purpose flour and water to get a glue like consistency. Dip them into this paste and attach them.
  19. Place on the baking tray with the seam side down. Cover with a cling film and keep it in a warm place to rise for about 50 minutes. In the last 10 minutes, preheat the oven to 180 degrees celsius.
  20. Bake for 15 minutes. The tops should begin to brown. Rotate bread pieces for even browning. Use choco chips for eyes for the turtle shaped bread.
  21. Cool in the rack. Store in an airtight container.

My Tip:

Kneading the dough till it becomes soft and supple is important. Also the dough should rise almost double of it's size. Time for this may vary. *If you do not have cake flour, you can make it at home. Take 1 cup all-purpose flour. Remove 2 tablespoons flour. Add 2 tablespoons cornstarch. Mix well.

Reviews for Melon Pan (3)

Andrea Srivastava2 years ago

Beautiful creation Namita!

Bindiya Sharma2 years ago

awesome Namita!

Faheema Delvi2 years ago

Can we make the flour at home.