Japanese Melon Pan With Creamy Chocolate Filling

What is Melon Pan? Melon pan is also known as Melon bread which is originated from Japan. Melon pan is a plain bun which covered with an enriched top cookie layer. Yes, it's a plain bread. So, don't expect you'll get a melon flavour bread! ^_^ And in Hong Kong, there's Polo Bun or pineapple bun which quite similar to this Melon pan but with pineapple jam fillings. And there's also Conchas, a Mexican sweet bread. In this recipe, I'm going to use the bread dough recipe given by Jeannie @ Baking Diary. I love this recipe alot. The bread is so soft & fluffy. Thanks Jeannie, for sharing this wonderful recipe. So, may we begin now.....

Ingredients for Bread Dough :

Starter Dough :
280gm bread flour
1 tspn yeast
180ml water
(combine and mix well then leave to rest for 2-4 hours)

Main Dough :
All the starter dough
1 egg yolk + 1 egg
120gm bread flour
1 tbsp milk powder
1/2 tspn yeast
4 tbsp sugar
1 tspn salt
30gm butter
#Filling : 200gm Cadbury Milky chocolate bar, chopped

Method :
(1) combine all the main dough ingredients to form a soft dough, then leave to rest for an hour or untill double the size.
(2) punch to release air from dough and slightly knead the soft dough untill smooth.
(3) divide dough into 12 portion and wrap in the chopped chocolate.
(4) seal and place it to the baking tray.

Ingredients for Melon Pan Topping :
80gm butter
4-1/2 tbsp sugar
80gm egg
200gm all purpose flour
1/2 tspn baking powder
1/2 tspn vanilla extract

Method :
(1) beat butter and sugar untill smooth.
(2) add in egg & vanilla extract untill well mixed.
(3) stir in flour & baking pwder to form a sticky dough.
(4) keep chilled for about an hour.
(5) then divide dough into 12 portion.

To Assemble :
- flatten the melon pan dough between a plastic sheets.
- then flip the flattened dough over bread dough.
- stamp the pastry dough with any sharp cutter for form some marks.
- now, leave to rest for 30mins or untill double the size.
- finally, bake at 190'c for about 20 mins or untill brown.

I know I know, the bread supposed to look rounder! haha.... But I have to squeeze them into my small oven in one shot. Anyway, who cares about the shape as long as it's yummy! Not going to sell them, anyway. My kids love this like crazy. I've been making this for a number of times and am adding in more & more chocolate fillings each time. haha..... Frankly, I hope the dough manage to handle more fillings! ^_^ Gosh, I'm so greedy! However, hope you guys will love it too!
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