4 years ago, I stumbled upon some Japanese blogs and learned how to make kyaraben from these wonderful and talented Japanese mothers. Even if I can’t read Japanese, it’s not hard to guess how things are done, and with some practice, everyone can make pretty bentos.
As time passed, I’m getting too busy to prepare pretty lunch boxes, and my kids are growing older too. They prefer harder characters which are too time consuming for a working mother, without a helper! Thus, I got myself into baking and bread making.
Again, I am inspired by Japanese websites which features lots of great ideas. There’s where I found the idea of making hotdog buns into a sleeping dog. The idea of originated by Pitachan.
Here’s the recipe for the bread dough (straight dough method) or you can use any bread dough recipe.
- Bread flour : 135g
- Cake flour : 15g
- Instant yeast : 3g
- Milk : 80 cc
- Salt : 1g
- Caster sugar : 15g
- Butter : 10g
- Egg : 25g
This recipe makes about 5 doggies, so prepare 5 medium sized sausages. You may want to prepare some egg mixture for egg wash, and punched seaweed for the eyes.
You can hand knead the dough, use a mixer or do it the easiest way by using a bread maker! I have a small 550g bread maker, which I use for kneading only. It saves me lots of preparation time and headache. 😛
Start by putting all wet ingredients in the bread maker, then the flour and lastly, make a well to add in the yeast. Let the bread maker knead for about 5 minutes to form a smooth dough before adding in the butter.
After the 3rd proofing, bake the dough at 170 deg for 15 minutes or 180 deg for 12 minutes. You may add some egg wash on the dough before baking, but I didn’t do so for these buns. Once baked, place the bread on wire rack for cooling. Add punched nori as the eyes.
My kids have already bugged me to make these cutie buns again. How can I resist the cute doggies?