Japanese bread recipes

Supertaster
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I would love to be able to make homemade melon pan or an pan. Do you have any good recipes? I also have a bread machine and wonder if the recipes could be adapted for use in the machine. Thanks!

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maki
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Re: Japanese bread recipes

Anpan, or really good authentic anpan, is a bit tricky, since the dough is usually raised with a sake ko-ji starter (the stuff they also make sake from), which gives it a unique flavor. Otherwise it is basically a soft white bread roll with an stuffing - here's a recipe. You can use any kind of white soft bread recipe, and do the kneading part in the bread machine, and bake it in the oven, brushed with butter or egg wash. (butter gives a softer finish.)

Melon pan is a bit tricky to make too...it is basically a soft bread roll that's baked with a sugar cookie topping. I'll see what I can do there...but I don't know when I can post a recipe. (I only post recipes I have tried out and tested and so forth so...it can take some time)

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Re: Japanese bread recipes

Thanks, Maki. I did a little searching on my own and found a website called Happy Home Baking that had a melon pan recipe. I haven't tried it, but the pictures look good. Here's the link:

http://happyhomebaking.blogspot.com/2007/08/japanese-melon-pan.html

There are a lot of other recipes that you might be interested in too, such as Strawberry Swiss Roll. If I get around to any of them, especially the melon pan, I'll let you know how it worked. Thanks!

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Re: Japanese bread recipes

Yuuum! I love bread. Will have to try any and all bread recipes posted.

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maki
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Re: Japanese bread recipes

There is one problem with ‘traditional’ Japanese bread recipes…that is, the ones that have been around for decades. They usually aren’t that healthy! They are all made of white flour for one thing. Many have sweet fillings or toppings (melon pan is basically a white roll with a big cookie baked around it, anpan is filled with sweet bean paste, a cream corone is filled with custard, and so on). These days I am trying to get away from white bread anyway, so I rarely bake it…or when I do it’s for special occasions. So…that’s my excuse for not having Japanese bread recipes up on Just Hungry.

Here are the Japanese bread or bread-like recipes I do have up:

jamie
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Re: Japanese bread recipes

Related to this, does anyone know of a good Japanese rice-cooker bread recipe? We first heard about this from an episode of the anime show Yakitate but I was wondering if anyone had Actually made bread in a rice cooker before and had recipes and tips to share.

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Re: Japanese bread recipes
maki wrote:

- Steamed buns with roast pork filling - originally Chinese in origin but very popular in Japan.

Maki, in your steamed bun recipe it states 1 package of dried yeast. How much yeast is this please? I buy my yeast in a larger package and so I'm not sure of the exact amount required.

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Re: Japanese bread recipes

I've made this recipe before with great success.
http://myculinaryjournal.blogspot.com/2008/05/sausage-buns-alexs-recipe....

I can buy these rolls in the Asian foodstore which is in Belfast. As I'm not able to visit all that often (it's 30 miles away from my home) I make these from time to time. Ok so the ones I make aren't as pretty as the ones I buy, but hey they taste just as good!

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Re: Japanese bread recipes

1 packet is 7 grams. (I'll put that in the original page too)

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Re: Japanese bread recipes

Hi,

I found a few links with videos and recipes for making bread in your rice cooker! I haven't tried the recipes, but it looks fairly easy. The last link is in Japanese but with English subtitles on the video. It looks fun. Good luck!

--Supertaster

http://thelazychef.wordpress.com/2006/12/02/rice-cooker-bread-ja-pan-2/

http://www.ehow.com/how_2252079_make-rice-cooker-bread.html?ref=fuel&utm...

http://www.wonderhowto.com/how-to/video/how-to-bake-rice-cooker-bread-26...

anon.
Re: Japanese bread recipes

go to the website Onemanga.com, and look up Yakitate! Japan. Now, you want to scroll to pg. #30 of Chapter 15. Here they have the recipe.

zie
Re: Japanese bread recipes

the amount in one pacet of dry yeast is 2 tablespoons *_*

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Re: Japanese bread recipes

Melon bread: http://www.thefreshloaf.com/recipes/melonbread
(scroll through the posts for more detail on the recipe)
I sometimes add a teaspoon or two of pandan extract, and it gives the bread a nice flavor.

Anpan: http://www.thefreshloaf.com/node/5927/anpan
http://katnsatoshiinjapan.blogspot.com/2007/04/anpan.html
(I don't remember which of these I've tried anymore)

Authentic? I have no idea.
Tasty? Definitely.
Healthy? I doubt it.

BigA
Re: Japanese bread recipes

Does anyone know of a good japanese bread recipe to use in a bread maker?

Is there any recipes for the Utane bread making technique?

maki
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Re: Japanese bread recipes

(For anyone wondering what "utane" is - it's written 湯種, and is actually pronounced Yu-dane in Japanese. (Not sure where the 'utane' reading of the kanji came from.) Anyway the yudane method starts with an 'instant' yeast sponge made with hot water. I believe this technique originated with microwave-oven-baked breads, but I could be wrong. It allows you to bake yeasted bread in an hour from start to finish. )

I don't have a recipe because personally, I hate the taste of bread produced from high-temperature yeast sponges. But the technique was very popular about 4-5 years ago in Japan, but these days popular bread baking has moved on to things like baking with rice flour, whole grains or bran, etc. Oh, and using non-yeast starters and such.

Anyway, try googling 'yudane' instead of 'utane'. ^_^

Ajisai
Re: Japanese bread recipes

Hi, all, I went to a wedding in Japan and stayed with some friends of the bride in Osaka. Every day they had some sort of bread for breakfast with tea. It was white, sliced thick and toasted, and delicious without anything else on it. It was not sweet. It did not taste like wheat- maybe rice flour? It also must have had some sort of protein in it because it was very filling. I asked what it was called and nobody could tell me. They just said it was "regular bread" and that the bakery sold a lot of it. Can anyone tell me what it is called? I would love to have a recipe for it too, but I can find a recipe if I can just find out what it is called.

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Re: Japanese bread recipes

Hello Ajisai

I wonder if you had toasted milk bread.

Here's a recipe you might like to try
http://en.christinesrecipes.com/2010/10/hokkaido-milk-toast-japanese-sty...

The tangzhong referred to (湯種) is the same technique Maki refers to (yudane/utane).

I'm also not a big fan of the hunks of soft bread served as part of a classic "morning service" so I don't know much about them. I DO like the anemic looking Hokkaido milk bread from Mont Thabor in Azabu Juban but that is completely white and very different from the recipe I linked to. The Hokkaido Milk Toast recipe seems to have more similarities to the bread doorstops (toasted with a softly melting puddle of butter on the top) served at breakfast you are enquiring about.

-Just to add.
Since writing this reply I made the recipe I linked to. I've ended up with a very light and fluffy (but pretty 'filling') bread with a distinctive milk taste - so this might not be exactly what you are after. However, I was after the milky taste and exaggerated it by making the yudane with just flour and full cream milk instead of flour and water.
The resulting loaf does taste very 'Japanese' and seems to me to be an excellent example of a yudane bread.
It's even better toasted.

-And to add again
I came across this site this morning. The author has a Japanese baking site but has graciously translated some of the recipes into English:
http://home-baking.net/english/bread/menu-white-bread.php

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A fantastic milk bread recipe (! takes three days !)

I found an improvement on the previously posted recipe. I guess this is the artisan version of yudane bread. It makes 12 small loaves with each loaf containing approximately 11grams of sugar (about 2 teaspoons). I think of it as an alternative to eating cake rather than as a 'bread'. It's kind of like eating brioche.
It takes at least three days to go through the steps but if you have a breadmaker, kitchen aid or thermomix to do the kneading it isn't particularly hard or laborious. Don't forget to look at the recipe that shows you how to fold, roll and shape the bread as this will have a big impact on the texture.

Here is the original recipe in Chinese:
http://blog.xuite.net/jane7443/bake/14251221

And the translation into English
http://www.thefreshloaf.com/node/22541/asianstyle-pain-de-mie

In the Chinese site you can see a spiral shape in the cooked loaves of bread. This shows that the dough was shaped before being allowed to rise before the final baking. The technique for this is shown in the Hokkaido Milk Toast recipe:
http://en.christinesrecipes.com/2010/10/hokkaido-milk-toast-japanese-sty...
The English instructions for the Chinese pain de mie do not explain this step.

The translated recipe will yield an excellent result, but if you're serious about this do use translation tools to examine the original recipe as it has a few more points that don't get explained.

BloodPrincess96
Re: Japanese bread recipes

I need a really good Japanese yeast Bread recipe for my baking class. We are doing the World Bread Project and we picked Japan as our country.

Loretta
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Re: Japanese bread recipes

If you can't get hold of koji, the "Asian Style Pain de Mie" I linked to remains the best recipe I've come across for a Japanese style white bread.

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