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Melonpan Is an Unusual Japanese Snack Bread that You’ll Love!

A sweet Japanese snack roll with a crispy sugar cookie outside and a buttery tender cloud of bread inside.
Prep Time 2 hours 30 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 45 minutes
Servings 18
Author Marye Audet-White


  • 1 tablespoon active dry yeast
  • 1/2 plus 1/3 cup warm water , 107F
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup powdered dry milk
  • 1 egg , room temperature
  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter , melted
  • 2 1/2 to 3 cups of bread flour
  • 1/2 recipe Sugar Cookie Dough


  • Make the sugar cookie dough and put it in the refrigerator to chill.
  • Add the yeast and sugar to the water and set aside for 5 minutes.
  • Add the rest of the ingredients except sugar cookie dough and knead until the dough holds ogether in a soft ball. It will be slightly sticky. This will take 4 to 5 minutes with a mixer.
  • Put the ball of dough in a greased bowl and lightly grease the top. Cover with a tea towel.
  • Let rise for about an hour, or until double.
  • Punch down and divide the dough in 16 equal sized pieces.
  • Set aside for 20 minutes.
  • Get the sugar cookie dough and divide into 18 pieces.
  • Flatten a bread dough ball and then shape it into a ball with a smooth top. Do this by pushing the dough up through a circle made by your thumb and forefinger. Tuck extra dough underneath. It's easier to do than to explain!
  • Now, roll a cookie dough ball into a 3 inch circle. Put the bread dough ball in the center of the circle, smooth top side down.
  • Gently pull the sugar cookie up around the bread dough, keeping it smooth and leaving a circle of the bread uncovered by cookie dough.
  • Gently roll the top of the dough ball in sugar.
  • Put the ball with the uncovered side down on a cookie sheet covered with parchment or silpat.
  • Use the edge of a knife to dent the top of the dough in a checkerboard pattern. Do not cut through the cookie!
  • Let rise for 1 hour, or until double.
  • Bake a 350F for 10 to 15 minutes, taking them out when done but before they brown. (mine browned and they still tasted great!)
  • Eat fresh, these don't store well.