Hello everyone! Halloween is just around the corner so in this post I wanted to share with you a very appropriate and fantastic melon pan recipe that I found and made (SO GOOD!) but also comment on my newest cooking channels discoveries. Fasten your cobwebs is going to be a scary time!
Although I haven't been able to complete this year's Inktober, if you have been following me through Instagram, you will have seen a lot of Japanese illustrations of its delicious, delicate and amazing cuisine. Already a fan of their culture, as I was basically raised by manga and anime characters I loved and admired, I became inspired by reading the cookbook Tokyo Cult Recipes by Maori Murota. By delving into it, I discovered many recipes and dishes that really enticed me into focusing on exclusively painting Japanese related food illustrations. One thing led to another and next thing I know, I was browsing online for recipes to replicate as well. I hadn't baked in a while and I was really keen on finding something different that I could make and, hopefully, paint too. From all the recipes and sweets I was researching, a particular pastry had captured my interest and that was this cute-looking sweet breads or buns called melon pan.
Marmalade Boy via GIPHY
Now, they have nothing to do with melons other than their appearance slightly resembling cantaloupe melons. Already get Japanese cuteness and delicacy? Well, I had already tried melon pan and I thought it would be a great idea to keep on practicing on bread dough. On a side note, my baking passion started while I was in high school, also when my manga and anime love intensified. Making cookies and watching Marmalade Boy or Cardcaptor Sakura was my everything back then. As I evolved so did my baking skills and interests. I went through the "cupcake phase", the "pie phase" and nowadays my love and appreciation of bread and brioche couldn't be higher. Anything that rises, I'm in! That is why melon pan fit my needs perfectly as it, in fact, combines bread and cookie dough.
Back to the recipe I illustrated and I am sharing here, I found it through a Youtube South Korean cooking channel called Cho's Daily Cook (LOVE IT!). Particularly, I followed her gorgeous Pumpkin Melon Pan video recipe but substituted a couple of ingredients. Here's what I made, so that you can follow the recipe, which you can also view at the They Draw and Cook page:
I can assure you that after all that "dough rising", the most delicious buns emerge. The dark chocolate filling makes for the perfect Halloween party! Check these pictures and I really hope you make this recipe and TELL ME about it!
As I said before, the other thing that I wanted to talk about on this post was Youtube cooking channels –to which I am totally addicted–. Same as baking and cooking, I have watched tv cooking shows and recipes mostly all my life and I learnt a lot by doing so. Nowadays, Youtube is the perfect source for basically everything and, gradually, the content and the filming have been improved over the years. Although I follow many North American, Japanese and European channels, I have lately discovered South Korean cooks and bakers who film the most mesmerizing cooking videos I have ever watched. Instead on focusing on the cook explaining each recipe, the center of attention is in the visuals and sounds of cooking. Talk about soothing! Remember those nature sounds or water flowing videos? Well, who would have thought that household sounds could be so appealing. Forget the sound of water flowing and give in to the joy of butter stirring sounds!
No kidding, to give you a little example of what I am talking about, I will recommend here the South Korean cooking channels that have captured –much like Sakura– my heart:
If you thought South Korean make-up was the next big thing, wait until you watch their cooking videos!
I really hope you enjoyed this post and if you have any cooking channels suggestions or you wish me to make another illustrated recipe, please let me know in your comments :)
Have a wonderful Halloween full of delicious treats!