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Have you ever that this bread product looks really yummy that you just want to have it right now. Well we are providing the recipe for the Iwatobi treat. Shall we get started?
Ingredients (for 2 buns):
- 1 cup flour
- 1 tbsp sugar
- ½ 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. ¼ cup Choco chips) melted
- 4 tbsp each jam and marmalade
- ½ cup whipped topping/whipping cream
- 2 cashews, 2 peanuts (halved)
- optional: ½ 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. Shape into a ball and cover with plastic wrap in a bowl and let sit for an hour or until it doubles in size.
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 for about 20 minutes.
Shape the larger dough balls into cylinders and attach the smaller balls into a roughly Iwatobi-Chan-ish shape. Cover again and 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.
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 spoonful, 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.
We would love to hear how your treat has turned out. Feel free to tell us in the comments and have a Happy Valentine’s Day!