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Kitty Bread Buns

Sometime last week, I saw that one of my favourite baker authors would be releasing a new book on decorative bread buns! I was so excited, so I thought of trying this recipe in her book before buying.

These kitties are a little too tan, because I forgot about them in the oven! I also misread the ingredients and used a little too much sugar and honey lol. However they taste pretty good, just like some sweet buns.
If you make the bread according to the recipe below, the kitties would not be so tan - they would be whiter :)

Yield: Makes about 6 bunsprint recipe

Kitty Bread Buns

prep time: 2 hour and 20 MINScook time: 20 MINStotal time: 2 hours and 40 mins


  • 130g bread flour
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp instant yeast
  • 80g water
  • 10g butter
  • Charcoal powder


  1. Place ingredients into bread machine and knead till it comes to a dough. Proof for about 1 hour. I am using Panasonic SD-P104, menu mode 9, which includes proofing of the dough.
  2. Remove dough from bread machine (I usually leave the dough in the machine for further 10-15 min, after bread cycle ends). You can dust the working space and your hands with some flour, if the dough is sticky. Remove 24g of dough and set aside. Punch out air from the bigger main dough, and shape into round shape. Cover with cling wrap or damp cloth. Leave to rest for 5 mins.
  3. Meanwhile, add in some charcoal powder into the smaller sized dough. You can add more if you want the dough to be black; lesser if you prefer grey. Knead well and set aside.
  4. Divide main dough into 6 portions. Shape each portion into round balls of dough and place onto lined baking tray. Cover with cling wrap or damp cloth.
  5. For the grey dough, divide into 2 portions - 1 portion slightly bigger. Take the bigger dough and further divide into 2. Cut the dough in such a way that it's easy to shape into triangle shape. Set aside. Take the other portion of the grey dough and divide into 2. Roll each portion out flatly and place onto 1 of the white dough, where the ears should be at.
  6. Repeat for all of the grey dough. You should have the triangle shaped dough left on the table top. Cover with cling wrap and allow all dough to proof for 2nd time, about 45 mins - 1 hour.
  7. 15 mins before the 2nd proof is completed, place the triangle dough onto the main balls of dough, as ears. You can use some water to help stick the dough in place if the dough is too dry. Preheat oven to 180C.
  8. Place some charcoal powder on a small dish, add in very tiny bit of water and mix well. You can add in some more water if it's not dissolving well. Use the bigger end of toothpick, dab into the charcoal powder mixture, draw out the smiling eyes on the bread dough. Changing to the sharper end of the toothpick, dab into the charcoal powder mixture and draw out further details like the nose, whiskers and lashes.
  9. After the oven is preheated, turn down oven temperature to 140C. Bake on 2nd last rack, for about 20-25 mins. Check the buns after 15 mins of baking, if they are turning slightly brownish, you can move them to the bottom rack to continue baking.
  10. Cool completely on wire rack before storing in air tight container.

    Recipe adapted from: Kokoma

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