So you wanna have Iwatobikkuri-pan…
…But traveling to Iwami just isn’t in your budget, well rejoice! With a few household staples (and a couple things you may need to pick up) you too can have your very own Iwatobikkuri-pan!!
Ingredients (for 2 buns):
- 1 cup flour
- 1 tbsp sugar
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/8 cup milk diluted with water to 1/3 cup
- 1 tsp instant dry yeast
- 1 tbsp lukewarm water
- 1 beaten egg
- 2 tbsp soft butter
Filling and deco:
- 1/3 a dark chocolate bar (approx 1/4 cup choco chips) melted
- 4 tbsp each jam and marmalade
- 1/2 cup whipped topping/whipping cream
- 2 cashews, 2 peanuts (halved)
- optional: 1/2 cup custard or pastry cream
Combine the warm water and yeast and let sit as you gather your other ingredients. Combine the flour, sugar, and salt together in a bowl or food processor. Add the yeasty-water, 1 tbsp of the beaten egg and the diluted milk and pulse until combined. Add the butter and mix until the dough becomes smooth (took about a minute in my food processor). Shape into a ball (you’re gonna want to flour your hands) and cover with plastic wrap in a bowl and let sit for an hour or until it doubles in size (if you can poke a floury finger into the ball and not have it swell to fill it, it’s ready).
Once it’s risen enough, place on a floured surface and divide into two. From there, you’re going to want to divide each half into 2/5 (head) and 3/5 (body). Once everything’s divided up, place on a parchment paper covered cookie sheet, cover with a damp cloth, leave in a warm place, and settle down with your favourite episode of Free! (aka leave it alone for 20 minutes).
After watching half-naked cuties, shape the larger dough balls into cylinders and attach the smaller balls into a roughly Iwatobi-chan-ish shape. Cover again and go watch another episode of Free! (before you do, preheat your oven to 400F/200C)
Brush the buns with the leftover beaten egg, and make the faces out of the peanuts and cashews. Place in the oven and bake for 12-15 minutes, or until golden brown. Remove from oven and cool. If you need to make some whipping cream, melt your chocolate, or wash your dishes, go do this now.
Cut a “V” shape out of the body and remove the piece. Carefully, with a chopstick or finger-like tool poke a hole into the head from where it’s connected to the body. Fill the head-cavern with luscious cream, custard and/or chocolate. If you have custard, pipe a line of it down the body. Follow up with a layer of whipped cream next. Taking small spoonfuls, place the marmalade and jam on either side of the whipping cream. Get out a piping bag with a small tip (or a plastic bag with a teeny hole cut at a corner) and pipe on the pupils and chocolate drizzle.
That’s it! Tuck in and decide how you eat your Iwatobikkuri-pan!
(mun highly supports Rei’s preference of starting it from the bottom)