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  • Writer's pictureEmily Yeo

Sea Salt Butter Rolls

Buttery soft rolls with a hint of saltiness and a bit of sweetness, these sea salt butter rolls also known as Shio Pan, 塩パン are a perfect balance of flavours in every bite. If you don’t know, crispy salt butter rolls are a delightful bakery treat made from a soft dough that is rolled out thin, filled with a butter block, and then sprinkled with coarse salt on top. Shio pan was originated in Japan and has become very popular in Taiwan in the past few years. People would even line up in front of the bakeries before they open in order to buy shio pan.



These shio pan rolls are amazingly light, flaky, and most importantly, buttery. They are soft and fluffy on the inside, yet it packs a satisfying crunch with its crust and uniquely buttery and crunchy bottom. My recipe uses a dough starter and milk powder in the dough; this gives the bread a more complex flavor with softer and lighter texture.



Were they really salty? Not really. They are buttery. There is something in that hint of salt that makes the buttery flavor stand out in the bread, without being really salty. When the bread is baking, the salted butter that's rolled inside the bread melts and flows to the bottom, so the bottom part is "fried" in the butter. The butter eventually becomes brown butter and gives a delightful aroma to the bread. YUM!


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