Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Mango Pudding Buns

"Peace begins with a smile."

Mother Teresa

I absolutely agree! It is said that a smile can light up a room. If each day, someone does something kind for someone, it will create a ripple effect. If someone apologises to someone else, and the other party does the same, world peace! Many people know this, but only few understand and apply this principle.

To me, peace means sharing mutual trust and respect for people around me. 

A little story about these mango pudding buns. I baked these buns just for my friend Cara. I often heard her 'can-see-but-cannot-eat' laments over my baking related posts in Facebook. I woke up early on a Saturday morning to bake these smiley buns. That afternoon, we ended up in Harry's bar in Holland Village. With Sheena. Paired these buns with beer. Chatting and laughing. Walking down the streets in Holland Village before we head to Jpot for dinner. More chatting and laughing.  

I'll share this smiley mango pudding bun recipe by conveying everyone to keep smiling. 

This smiley bread is adapted from a Taiwanese drama series “醉後決定愛上你”。林晓如为宋杰修制作的温馨芒果布丁小餐包面包.

Soft breakfast rolls recipe
Makes 12 buns

Water roux starter
25g bread flour
125g water (remaining amount after cooking: around 140g. Do not overcook.)

75g fresh milk, chilled
40g egg
310g bread flour
50g caster sugar
1 packet instant yeast (about 12g)
1/2 tsp salt

30g butter, softened
1 tbsp bread flour

10g egg for making egg wash

1. Cook 25g bread flour and 125g water in a saucepan over low heat. Whisk constantly. When the mixture thickens, remove the saucepan from the heat. To tell if the mixture is thick enough, draw a line through it with a spoon or a whisk - the line should remain visible. 

2. Stir the cold milk into the warm roux starter to cool it down. When the mixture is completely cooled, stir in the egg.

3. In the mixing bowl, using the dough attachment, mix bread flour, caster sugar, instant yeast and salt together on high speed until evenly distributed. 

4. Add in liquid mixture (from step 2). Mix for 3 minutes. 

5. Add in butter and mix for another 3 minutes. The dough should be sticky and elastic. 

6. Add 1 tbsp bread flour and mix for few seconds so that the dough can be easily removed from the bowl. 

7. Dust the work surface with a very small amount of flour (approximately 1 tsp). Shape the dough into a smooth ball. 

8. Place the dough in a dusted bowl and cover it with cling wrap. Proof for 20 minutes in a box or a warm enclosed space. You can put a small bowl of hot water in the box next to the bowl to create a warm environment.)

9. Return the dough to the mixing bowl and knead for 1 minute on high speed.

10. Divide the dough into 12 pieces. Shape into smooth round balls. Proof for another 40 minutes in a warm enclosed space. 

11. Brush the buns with egg wash. 

12. Bake in a preheated oven at 180C to 200C for 10 to 13 minutes. If you wish to have a glossy surface, brush the buns with butter immediately after baking.

13. Use a knife to cut a semi-circle in each bun. Fill in mango pudding in each smile. You can draw the eyes expressions using melted chocolate. 

This post is linked to the event Little Thumbs Up (June 2014 Event: Butter) organised by Zoe (Bake for Happy Kids) and Miu Miu (My Little Favourite DIY) and hosted by Jozelyn Ng (Spice Up My Kitchen).


  1. Hi Dalyn,

    I'm smiling a lot too reading your post and looking at your cheerful buns :D


    1. Thank you, Zoe! They do bring smile to those who ate these smiley buns.

  2. So cute little smiling bun that can really cheer up everyone!
    Thanks for linking up with LTU!

    1. Thank you, Jozelyn. Gosh, it has been many months since I last baked. My new kitchenette is ready. With built-in oven. Hopefully I can participate LTU soon.