Pineapple Bun Recipe (Hong Kong Style)

The pineapple bun is a kind of sweet bread from Hong Kong. It is said that because the pineapple bun has a golden brown surface after baking, the way it is scored on the surface, and its sweet taste- this is where it had adopted its name.

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The pineapple bun does not actually contain any pineapple. It had reportedly gotten its start because people from Hong Kong were not satisfied with the original steamed buns in the early years. Therefore, sweet fillings such as sugar were added to the steamed buns.

The pineapple bun is one of the most popular bread in Hong Kong. Almost every Hong Kong bakery sells them. The price is also very cheap.

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A crispy crust wraps sweet and soft bread, even if there isn’t a bit of pineapple in the ingredients, you will still love the sweet taste and textures.

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When I was in elementary school, other students brought a lot of cookies and cakes. Dad usually gave us toast. It’s like there are no sweets to buy yet. Later I saw a pineapple bun in the dim sum shop and thought it had a pineapple taste. After eating it, I realized that it was sweet bread with a crispy crust. Of course, it is much more delicious than toast.

Later, when I went on the spring tour, I asked Dad to buy a bag pineapple buns. I especially like the crispy crust, and I usually eat it first.

The pineapple bun is the greatest when it is hot and the skin is brittle. Both Cantonese and Shanghainese or people from Hong Kong are now infatuated with the sweet taste of freshly baked buns.

Today, we will share a complete process of making this sweet treat, from the beginning of kneading, to fermentation, to the production of pineapple skins and the method of wrapping the buns, to the final baking. Complete and detailed, it can be easily followed!

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The production of sweet bread is very much the same. If you can succeed in making the pineapple bun, the other bread from China is basically easy to complete.

Ingredients: (makes 4)

  • 1) 100 grams of high-gluten flour
  • 2) 20 grams of low-gluten flour
  • 3) 60 grams of water
  • 4) 12 grams of butter
  • 5) 20 grams of fine sugar
  • 6) 5 grams of powdered milk
  • 7) 2 grams of dry yeast
  • 8) 1 tablespoon (15 ml) egg (whole egg, whisked).
  • 9) 1/4 tsp salt (1.25 ml)


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Step 1: As shown above, all dry ingredients (flour, sugar, milk powder, dry yeast, salt, etc.) that make the bread are first mixed together.

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Step 2: Then add egg and water, and start the dough.

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Step 3: At first the dough will be very sticky, but as you continue to knead, it will start to take shape.

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Step 4: As you continue to knead the dough, it will become more fortified, but still elastic, then you can add butter.

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Step 5: Add the softened butter to the dough and continue to knead it until the butter is completely blended with the dough.

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Step 6: Sweet bread usually only needs to be kneaded to the proofing stage. If we continue to knead, the dough will be tougher and harder to work with. So only knead until it is elastic and smooth.

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Step 7: As shown above, the dough is then rolled into a ball.

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Step 8: The kneaded dough is placed in a large bowl, covered with plastic wrap, and the first proofing is performed (about 1 hour at room temperature of 25°C. The lower the temperature, the longer it will take to proof, as yeast is activated by moisture and heat).

Step 9: While we are waiting for this first dough to proof, we can start making the outer layer of the pineapple buns-


1) 40 grams of low-gluten flour

2) 24 grams of butter

3) 12 grams of egg (whole egg, whisked)

4) 20 grams of powdered sugar

5) 1/2 tsp (2.5 ml) of milk powder

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Step 10: Mix sugar powder, milk powder and softened butter.

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Step 11. Whip evenly with a whisk.

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Step 12: Add the eggs in two portions. Add half, mix, add the other half.

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Step 13: The flour is sifted into the butter paste and mixed with a spatula

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Step 14: Mix the moist batter with no dry flour and the mixture is ready.

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Step 15: Flour your hands and countertop to prevent sticking, knead this mixture into a bar-type shape.

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Step 16: Then cut into 4 pieces.

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Step 17: When your first dough is ready, you will notice that it has grown significantly larger.

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Step 18: To test, you can gently stick a finger into the dough and remove, it should hold its form.

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Step 19. Once the dough is completed, take it out of the bowl and divide into 4 equal parts and roll into balls (the air in the dough will escape, this is normal). Let sit for about 15 minutes or so.

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Step 20: Next, take one of the 2nd type of dough balls we made, and flatten between your hands. (this is the outer layer)

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Step 21: Take one of the first dough balls, cover with the outer layer while slowly rotating. It may take some time and practice to get this step down correctly, just take your time.

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Step 22: Place the wrapped dough on the countertop (the entire thing doesn’t need to be covered; you can place the part that isn’t covered face-down).

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Step 23: Use a dough knife to gently score the famous checkered pattern into the top (don’t cut all the way through the outer layer).

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Step 24: This is how it should look.

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Step 25: Place the buns on a baking tray that has a sheet of baking paper on it, and then we will begin the final proofing (recommended proofing temperature is 35°C and humidity 80%, approximately 45 minutes). In winter, you can put the hotplate on top of the oven, put a plate of hot water on the bottom, and close the oven door so that the oven has sufficient temperature and humidity. Summer can be directly fermented at room temperature (Because there is an outer layer covering the dough, it is possible to proof on the counter during the summer).

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Step 26: After the final proof (the volume becomes 2-2.5 times larger), remove the hotplate and hot water from the oven. Preheat oven to 170 °C upper and lower heat sources, after preheating, put the pan into the middle, bake about 15 minutes (please adjust the baking temperature and time according to the actual situation of the oven), and your pineapple buns are done and ready to enjoy!


1. Don’t engrave too deep or too shallow on the pastry when scoring. Too light of a pattern and you can not see.

2. The traditional pineapple bun does not contain stuffing. If you like, it can also be wrapped in red bean paste, milk yellow stuffing and so on.

3. Sweet bread is generally hot and relatively soft. If it is not eaten immediately, you can heat in the microwave for 15-20 seconds before eating. The taste will be as good as fresh baked!

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