Melonpan is a Japanese cake or confection. It consists of  bread being wrapped in a buttery biscuit (UK EN) or cookie (Am EN) layer then baked. It's a job for the patient but very worthwhile. Variations of this food appear in Hong Kong and Taiwan. It is very high in saturated fats, cholesterol and carbohydrates and rates as one of the top ten unhealthy snack foods in Hong Kong.

The name comes from two borrowed words: "pan" the Portuguese derived word for bun and "melon" because the original predecessor of this food had a filling of melon included.

The making of this wonderful snack is beautifully shown here on "Cooking with Dog"

The ingredient list is copied following:

Bread Dough
  • 140g Bread Flour (5 oz oz)
  • 25g Sugar (~1 oz oz)
  • 1/3 tsp Salt
  • 5g Non-Fat Dry Milk Powder (1/5 oz)
  • 3g Instant Yeast  - a little less than 1 tsp
  • 1 tbsp Beaten Egg
  • 70ml Warm Water (2.4 fl oz)
  • 15g Butter (~½ oz)
  • Bread Flour for dusting

Cookie/Biscuit Dough
  • 25g Unsalted Butter (~1 oz)
  • 35g Sugar (1¼ oz)
  • 25g Beaten Egg (~1 oz)
  • 80g Cake/Pastry Flour (2 3/4 oz)
  • ¼ tsp Baking Powder
  • Bread Flour for dusting

Method: (see video)