Dragon fruit, also known as pitaya or strawberry pear, is a tropical fruit that is as nutritious as it is vibrant! Kids will love learning about this psychedelic fruit that looks likes something straight out of a Dr. Seuss story, and get their hands messy in some family baking time. Follow guest blogger Priscilla Lee's step-by-step recipe below, and have fun with these red pockets brimming with fiber and taste!
Dragonfruit juice - 160g (I added around 20-30g water to blend with dragonfruit, you can add a few drops of lemon juice too; can use pink dragon fruit to add colour to your buns!)
Egg - 1
Sugar - 10g
Bread flour - 300g (Can also use 250 Bread flour + 50g whole wheat flour)
Instant yeast - 4g
Butter - 20g
Salt - 2g
Creamcheese - 130g (at room temperature)
Sugar - around 20g
Lemon juice - 1 teaspoon
1. Mix all ingredients except for butter in a bowl and transfer the dough onto a working surface and start to knead for around 10 minutes until it forms a thick window pane. The dough will be sticky, try to avoid adding extra flour.
2. Add in butter and continue to knead until butter is fully absorbed. Knead until it becomes a soft, smooth dough.
3. Shape the dough into a ball and place back into the bowl. Cover with cling wrap and leave in a warm place (~ 35C) until it's 1.5 times the size. (I left it for around 40 minutes.)
4. Prepare fillings by mixing all ingredients together. You can also use savoury fillings and red beans filling goes well with this bread :)
5. With a bit of flour on your finger tip, poke it gently to see if the first proof is complete. It should bounce back just slowly and leaving an indent.
6. Divide into 8 doughs of around 68g each. Roll them into small round balls, cover with cling wrap and rest for 15 minutes.
7. Flatten each small dough into a circle and place a portion of your
fillings at the center, shape into triangular or round buns.
8. Cover and leave for second fermentation for around 35 minutes.
9. Preheat your oven to 180C.
10. Lightly sift bread flour on top of your buns and decorate before placing them into the oven for 25 minutes. Use alumnium foil to cover the buns after placing them into the oven for around 8 minutes to keep the colour pink.
11. ENJOY YOUR DRAGON FRUIT BUNS!
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