Happy Halloween! It’s Kuromi’s favorite holiday and also her birthday! Let’s celebrate by making some adorable bread featuring Kuromi!
About the Guest Blogger
Chantel Vo is a baker based out of Vancouver, BC, Canada. Similar to Kuromi, she loves Halloween! Chantel also loves to create cute sweets and treats, check out her Instagram at @myloveatfirstbite for more recipes and inspiration!
About the Recipe
Kuromi is full of confidence and has a tough appearance, but on the inside she’s actually girly and soft-hearted- almost as soft as this bread! The dark parts of this bread are lightly chocolate flavored and has an overall sweet, milky flavor. You may substitute in a milk alternative, like soy or almond milk to make this recipe vegan-friendly!
Now, let’s get started!
Kuromi Bread (makes 5 Kuromi buns)
- 250g all-purpose flour
- 25g sugar
- ½ tsp salt
- 180g milk, warm (around 35°C/95°F)
- 1 tsp instant yeast
- 25g butter, softened
For Kuromi’s head:
- 5g cocoa
- Black gel food coloring
- Black candy melts/dark chocolate
- White chocolate
- Red gel food coloring
- Stand mixer or hand mixer (optional- can also mix the dough by hand!)
- 10” angel food cake pan - or just bake them as individual buns on a tray!
- Piping bags
- Small baking tray
1. Combine all the ingredients for the dough, except the butter, in a bowl. Use a hand mixer or stand mixer with the dough hook (or just your hands!) to knead the dough until it comes together. It will take around 5 minutes.
2. Once the dough has come together, add the softened butter.
3. Continue kneading for another 5 minutes until the dough is smooth and bouncy.
4. Split the dough in half and add the cocoa powder and black gel food coloring. Use gloves since this part can get messy! Keep kneading until the color is evenly distributed.
5. Place the two dough balls in bowls, cover, and let rise in a warm area for 1 hour.
6. After 1 hour, the dough should have doubled in size! Take the white dough and punch down to release the gas. Pinch off 20 little balls for Kuromi’s arms and feet. Divide the rest of the white dough into 5 balls.
7. On to the black dough: punch the dough down again and pinch off 10 slightly bigger portions of dough for Kuromi’s ears and divide the rest of the dough into 5 balls. Form the ears into diamond-like shapes.
8. Set the 5 white balls of dough around the inner tube of the angel food cake pan. This will be Kuromi’s body! Stick the arms and feet on with a dab of water. Then, stick the 5 black dough balls on top of the body with a touch of water as well. This will be Kuromi’s head!
9. Place the 10 portions of black dough for Kuromi’s ears on a small baking tray- we will bake these separately and stick them on after with chocolate!
10. Cover the dough and let it rise for 30 minutes in a warm place.
11. Preheat the oven to 170°C/340°F.
12. Once the oven is preheated, bake the bread for around 15-20 minutes. Take the ears out at the 10 minute mark, they will bake quicker since they are so small!
13. Let the bread cool, then it’s time to decorate and bring Kuromi to life!
14. Melt the white chocolate, put it in a piping bag, and pipe on the white part of Kuromi’s face. Place the bread in the fridge for a few minutes to let the chocolate harden.
15. Add red gel food coloring to the rest of the white chocolate to make pink chocolate and pipe on Kuromi’s skull and nose details.
16. Melt the black candy melts, put it in a piping bag, and use it as glue to stick on the bread ears we baked earlier. Then, pipe on the face details and the jester hat details on the body.
17. Now for the bat wings and tail. Get a piece of parchment and pipe a pair of wings and horns using the melted black candy melts. Leave to harden and then attach to the body using more melted chocolate!
18. Lastly, pipe a little pitchfork directly onto Kuromi’s body. Now, she’s ready for Halloween and her birthday party with all her friends!
Have a fa-BOO-lous Halloween!
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