Thursday, March 10, 2011

はいじ白パン. Haiji White Bun

My boy said these are like baby's butts!! ( Pardon me)

I am not sure why it is named 'Haiji' , may be it's someone who created this white bun name "Haiji'?? Even my son's Japanese teacher doesn't know why it has this name though.

A super soft milk roll you will not just stop at one.  I love the pale and powdery looking buns which I find it pretty eye catching. The first glance it looks like an unbaked bread roll....These are like cotton puffy pillow when holding it in your hands. We love them for making sandwiches. In just 2 weeks, I  have made these the fifth time. I hope you will give it a try too!


Bread Four   250g
Instant Yeast   3g
Milk  200g
Sugar   10g
Salt    3g
Butter 10g


1. Pre heat oven t 190'C. In a bowl, except butter, mix all the ingredients to get a rough dough. Add in butter and continue to knead till the dough is springy and smooth. This should takes about 10 minutes.

2. Let dough rise till double the volume. cover the dough and keep in warm place.

3. Portion into 7 equal size and roll up to form a ball. Let dough rest for 15 minutes.

4. Press each dough flat and re roll to form ball shape. Dust the dough with some flour, and use a rolling pin give an impression across each dough. Place them on baking tray and let them rise for 40 minutes.

5. Bring the oven temperature down to 140'C, bake dough in the oven for 15 minutes.


Honey Bee Sweets said...

This Haiji buns looks pillow soft and delicious! Thanks for sharing the recipe. :)

CaThY said...

Hehehe, your son is really imaginative linking the buns to baby's butt. I also love the pale & powdery buns. Looks lovely :)

Honey boy said...

Honey Bee, Cathy,

Yes, this is a really good recipe if you are looking for soft and smooth bun yet without having to use the water doux method. Do give it a try!

Jean said...

they look really soft and fluffy indeed! yet tall and puffy

Anncoo said...

As I still have bread flour at home,would like to try this recipe. Thanks for sharing.

Honey boy said...


Yes they are. Must give it a try.


Hope to see you blog about the white buns ya!

wendyywy @ Table for 2..... or more said...

Oh yes, they do look like what ur son said.
200gm milk with 250gm flour, wow, much be a very very sticky dough, almost batter like.

j3ss kitch3n said...

the texture is truly divine! i will love these! you done it really prettily honey!

Honey boy said...


The dough is very friendly dough in fact. Easy to knead. Just like any other normal bread douhg.


I am sure this bun will not disppoint you! A lovely bun indeed.

hanushi said...

Wow, looks so pretty and soft... I think I can gobble a few... :)

lena said...

hi, i think these buns look cute and the inside texture looks like pau too, very fluffy! now i feel like trying this too!

Honey boy said...


The bun is a lot more lighter and softer than boa! You will leave an indentation whenever you hold the bread !

Little Corner of Mine said...

Hello Cozy Bake,

I just want to thank you for sharing this super soft bread/bun recipe. I tried it and really loved it and had linked back to you. Thanks! :)

Honey boy said...

Hi Little Corner of Mine,

great to know you made it! it's ultra soft and smooth indeed!

SIG said...

Wow, I'm going to try this out. How come it doesn't turn brown? I have bought this in loaf form from a bakery here and was amazed at how it remained white.

Honey boy said...


it remains white is due to low temperature baking through out the baking process. DO LET ME KNOW HOW YOURS TURN OUT YA?!

Emily said...

Thank you for sharing this recipe. Made it twice already; once with the original ingredients and this week I double the ingredients and used 300g of bread flour and 200g of black oats pulsed to coarse meal. Works great too.

Honey boy said...


Each time I receive reader comes back with good feedback about their experience of making this buns I feel so so happy. At least I know this is truly a great recipe that wins many peoples' heart! Iq shall try out your variation that should bring my family a new haiji bread. Thanks!! Really glad you liked this bun.

ellapooh said...

I just stumble this post and would like to ask you some questions, is 200gr of milk the same as 200ml of milk?Do you use fresh milk or the powder? thanks

Honey boy said...

hi Stella,

200ml is not the same to 200g. you will have to use a measurement cup to measure 200ml. And it's fresh milk. Happy baking!

wendyywy @ Table for 2..... or more said...

Want to check with you.

Preheat the oven at 190 and then after the bread goes in, it should be lowered to 140C? Fan on or off?

But the preheating doesn't need to be done 2 hours ahead before the kneading even starts, right?

Honey boy said...


No, you don't need to pre heat the oven so long before baking. Just pre heat the oven about 15 minutes before will do.

Yes, you lower to 140'c after the bread goes in the oven. No fan please, or else all the bread will turn dry and brown. All my bread baking I don't use fan.

Do post it when you have done i ya?!

happy baking!!

NEL, the batter baker said...

This bread looks awesome! I'll have to try it :) Thanks for sharing.

I have a couple of questions:
- Is there a reason to preheat the oven at a higher temperature, then lowering it to 140 deg? Any idea if it would be the same if I just use 140 deg right from the start?
- Does the milk need to be warm?

Thanks in advance. Really apprec it.

Honey boy said...


Bread baking needs higher temperature in general. So that the crumb of the bread will be cooked properly and remain/ produce the right and soft texture. For this white bun it is a must to preheat in higher temperature then lower the heat in order to keep the bun white. So the higher preheating is to keep the temperature to the usual level at the initial stage, then slowly the temperature will drop gradually not to brown the crust.

You may or may not need to warm the milk.

Hope this explanation would help. :) happy baking.

NEL, the batter baker said...

Thanks so much for your detailed explanation. It helps a whole lot :) Can't wait to try...

Anonymous said...


Can you pls advise if the butter should be at room temp or cold?


Honey boy said...

The butter should be at room temperature.

Anonymous said...

Thank you : )


Angie said...

Just made these and they're awesome!!! Thanks for sharing, your blogs very inspirational.

Honey boy said...


Glad you tried this out! I am so happy to know people are still looking through my old recipe and gave it a try!

Angie said...

I've gone thru your whole blog and bookmarked so many recipes I want to try!

By the way I clicked on your link cuoca and it's in Japanese. Is there a way to translate it or one has to know the language to shop there?


Honey boy said...


I'm afraid the online shopping page doesn't have the translated page. Do you have a software that can do that?

I'm keen to know which are the recipes you bookmarked, and please update me ya!

Angie said...

I mainly bookmarked your bread recipes, that's my current craze :) mainly Asian style ones cause my kids loves them. Will update you when I try them out.


Anonymous said...

This is super amazing! My best bread and a keeper. I will work on getting the pretty "butts". Thanks for sharing.

Honey boy said...


Great! Glad you made it rite!

hanushi said...

I finally know how this bread is named. It is Heidi White Buns 海蒂白面包.

Read it from a baking book: These white buns appears in the Jap anime -[阿尔卑斯山少女](Heidi). I can't remember much but I vaguely remember it is a touching story where Heidi saved these soft white buns for old Grandmama.


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