Japanese Chocolate Buns

8 Servings Ready in 1 hour 30 minutes

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Have you ever stopped while walking close to a bakery just to smell that delicious aroma of freshly baked goodies? After trying this recipe, your whole household will become addicted to this intoxicating Japanese treat. Japanese Chocolate buns or Hokkaido buns are a delicacy, and with this easy recipe, you will quickly master the art of these chocolate buns.

What’s so special about this recipe? The bread is prepared by using milk and flour first to create a Roux Starter which is then incorporated into the dough. It is responsible for the soft and mushy texture. We used chocolate for this recipe, but this doesn’t mean you’re only limited to this filling. Once you get the hang of it, you can experiment yourself and try various flavors.

But if you’re a chocolate lover like me and decided to follow through this recipe as is, I strongly recommend trying out Chocolak (www.chocolak.com) for getting your chocolates online from them as their store provides the best premium quality needed for a such a recipe; and the best part is that they deliver it freshly to your home which makes the process of ordering chocolates online easier and simpler.


  • 2 1/2 cups of all-purpose flour
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • ½ cup milk
  • ½ cup of whipping cream
  • 50g of unsalted butter
  • 1 tablespoon condensed milk
  • 100 grams of dark chocolate
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • Egg wash: 1 medium egg + 1/2 Tbsp of milk
  • 1 tablespoon of instant yeast
  • Icing sugar, optional

For the Roux Starter

  • 1/3 cup of milk
  • 2 tablespoon of bread flour


  • 1

    Place the 1/3 cup of milk and the bread flour in a mixing bowl and whisk until its smooth and no lumps are present. Cook this mixture until it thickens then let it cool down at room temperature.

  • 2

    Heat (but don’t boil) the whipping cream and dissolve the yeast and brown sugar in it. Stir to mix. Once it starts to foam, stir in the roux prepared earlier, crack in the egg, and then the condensed milk, dark chocolate, butter, and salt.

  • 3

    After stirring for a minute, add in 1/2 cup of the flour and stir. Keep repeating it at ½ cups intervals until you've added 2 1/2 cups of bread flour. Remove the mixture and add about 1 tablespoon of flour and knead the dough until you have eight smooth balls.

  • 4

    Place the dough in a lightly greased bowl and let it rise for about an hour. Grease your loaf pan and line it with a parchment paper. Press the dough and fold each into a rectangular shape and then fold the two long sides up and roll it from the bottom to top. Once all balls are done, let the mixture proof for another half an hour. Brush the top of the dough with egg wash prepared.

  • 5

    Preheat oven to 200 C and bake for the next 30 minutes. Once the top is golden. Remove from heat and let it cool down.

  • 6

    Optional: add icing sugar on top.

  • per 100g
Nutrition Info (per serving)
Calories88 Cal
Protein2 grams
Carbohydrate14 grams
Total Fat14 grams
Saturated Fats4 grams
Sodium25 mg
Cholesterol36 mg

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