Sakura (Cherry Blossom) Bread (For 4~6 people / using Flower-Shaped Casserole)

This recipe is baked making use of Flower-Shaped Casserole and decorated with salt preserved cherry blossom. Apart from its lovely look, it also has soft and subtle texture.


  • Bread Flour
  • Dry Yeast
1 1/2 tsp
  • Sugar
2 tbsp
  • Salt
1 1/2 tsp
  • Milk
  • Butter (melted under room temperature)
  • Beaten egg
  • Condensed Milk
2 tbsp
  • Salt preserved cherry blossom
  • Red food colouring
  • Salt preserved cherry blossom for decoration
As appropriate
  • Granulated sugar
As appropriate
  • Rice flour for finishing
As appropriate Dusting
  • powder (Bread flour)
As appropriate
Sakura Bread

Recommended Cooking Tool:

  • Flower-Shaped Casserole
Cooking Method:

  1. Wash the salt off cherry blossoms under running water, and soak in water for around 20 minutes. Wipe off moist. Take off the calyx and leave only the flower pedal for later use.
  2. Wash the salt off cherry blossoms (for decoration) under running water. Dust with granulated sugar.
  3. Melt red food colouring with a small amount of tap water.
  4. Spread salad oil in the pot, and place a piece of parchment paper.
  5. Mix milk (heated to around 40℃), food colouring in a heat proof container. Then add dry yeast and sugar. Mix well with a spatula.
  6. Add half the portion of bread flour into ①. Mix well.
  7. Add salt and butter into ②. Mix well. Then add beaten egg, condensed milk and cherry blossom pedal. Stir well with the rest of bread flour until no lumps of butter and flour is seen.
  8. Cover ③ with plastic wrap, heat it in a 600W microwave oven for 30 seconds. Then leave the mixture in room temperature (around 24℃) for about 25 minutes.
  9. Dust the table. Divide the dough into 5 even portions and form them into balls. Make a small cut of 1cm and 4cm respectively on the left and right end of each dough. When placing balls into the pot, make sure the 4cm cut faces outwards, and the 1cm cut faces the centre.
  10. Replace pot lid. Leave it for about 20 minutes. Preheat oven to 200℃.
  11. Press the centre of the dough, place the cherry blossom (for decoration) and dust with rice powder.
  12. Replace pot lid and bake in a 200℃ oven for about 13 minutes. Remove lid and bake for another 35 minutes.
※ If you find the oven is too strong, cover the pot with a piece of aluminium foil.