Wednesday, April 24, 2013

"Funny" Cat Tuna Bread Buns

Funny cat tuna bread buns? You might ask... what is so funny about these cats or buns? They look like cat of course but why funny? "Are these Hello Kitty?" some of my colleagues asked. My answer is no. These are just "funny cats"...

It can be a long story for me explaining the origin and name of these bread buns but I shall cut my story as short as possible... Briefly, my son have a couple of these freebies Little Pet Shop toys from Singapore Airline and he likes to call them funny cats. As I was browsing through a Chinese bread baking book, The Second book of Baking for Beginner by Carol (a gift from Lena, Frozen wings), my son was excited seeing one of the recipes in this book and insisted that we should bake it because the bread buns look like his funny cats... so here we are baking these funny cat tuna bread buns.

As much as I am trying to read and translate Chinese language, I'm still lost in translation (like what I did in this post) - LOL! Good that this book has lots of good picture to illustrate many bread making processes and glad that I'm adapting well most of its fantastic recipes into my routine baking. Although both mother and son seem to be hopeless with our Chinese language, we managed to bake these nice and fluffy buns using a brilliant recipe from a Chinese baking book.
Ironically "funny", isn't it? - LOL!

Our funny cat tuna bread buns
See how we tortured our boiled potato... LOL!
Making the tuna filling
Shaping and decorating the bread - the chocolate dough for decoration is not sweet at all.
freshly baked from our oven...
"funny" cat bread bun vs "funny" cat - Are we "funny"? - LOL!
Ear has been chomped! Not so "funny" anymore...
See how fluffy is our funny cat's ear...
Thumb up for "Funny" cat and its inspired bread buns

Here's recipe adapted mostly from the book, The Second book of Baking for Beginner by Carol, original in Chinese language, now briefly translated to English.

Makes 6

The tuna filling
1 can tuna (95g)
1 potato, boiled, mashed (or tortured - LOL!) with 15g milk powder
3 tbsp corn kernel
a pinch of freshly ground black pepper
a pinch of salt
2 tbsp Parmesan cheese
2 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
(the original recipe didn't have this but my son had requested for it)

Mix all and divide into 6 equal portions  

The bread dough
270g bread flour
30g all purpose flour (I used Italian OO flour)
1/2 tsp yeast
1 egg
20g sugar
1/8 tsp salt
20g olive oil
150ml water

The chocolate dough
100g bread flour
1/4 tsp yeast
1/2 tsp sugar
60ml water
1 tbsp cocoa powder

Egg wash
1 egg
1-2 tbsp milk

Instead of kneading by hand as illustrated in the book, I've placed all my ingredients into my bread-maker and use "dough" setting to knead and prove the bread and chocolate dough for 1 hr.

Divide dough into 6 large portions which is about 60g each and 12 small portions which is about 15g each. Shape them into round shape and cover them with moist cloth and allow them to rest for 10 min. the large portions makes the face of the cat.

Flatten each large dough into a flat oval shape. Place each portion of tuna filling in the center of the dough and pinch the edges together to enclose it.

Roll and shape two of the small doughs into teardrop shapes. Arrange two small doughs into lightly oiled baking tray with their pointed sides pointing upwards and place the large dough with its seam side down onto 30% of the two small doughs to form a cat face. Repeat to form the rest of the cat faces.

Roll chocolate dough into skinny ropes. Cut and place them onto each face and decorate them accordingly.

Prove the bread for another 50-60 min or until the cat faces grow puffy.

Preheat oven to 180°C or 160°C fan forced. Brush the bread with egg wash and bake them at 180°C or 160°C fan forced for 18min.

Remove the bread buns from baking tray and allow them to cool completely on a wire rack.

Happy Baking

Please support me and like me at Facebook...


  1. Omg! How cute! You are really the best mom! :)

  2. Zoe, your kid having so much I bet he enjoyed every bite of his works. Kudos.

  3. Such an ADORABLE and healthy snack! The kids would adore these most definitely, so creative :)

  4. This is adorable and clever. I enjoy your blog so much.

  5. These funny cats are adorable! What a creative way to have your kids enjoy eating. This is very cool.


  6. such a lovely bun you have, these really catch the kids' attention.

    oh ya, there are so much great sharing that I can found here,
    thanks zoe

  7. Hey Zoe! These are SO cute & fun!! I'm passing this along to my friend who teaches 3rd graders :)

  8. Adorable buns!
    Your son is a good assistant, very patient and helpful~:)

  9. Those rolls are so cute! Love the design. So artistic!

  10. Adorable buns, looks so cute! A fun project to do with kids!
    I made some buns from Carol's website, and I almost gave up with the google translate! Finally made the buns! Hahaha!

  11. Zoe your son is such a great helper. It looks like he enjoys his time in the kitchen with you. I like your funny cats, but I would call them "cute cats" instead ;)

  12. Thanks Zoe for translating this. KIVing.

  13. Hi Zoe, the cat bread is so so cute, with the tuna filing, yummy!

  14. To Zoe & son: This is even better than Hello Kitty:) Thumbs up!!

  15. Cutesy!! and your little helper's too!

  16. Your son really had great time with you in kitchen. Love your 'funny' cat buns!

  17. Thats really cute. Lovely presentation with your son.

  18. Zoe, May I share these funny cat buns with your son? ;)
    Thank you for sharing!

  19. While looking at your lovely pictures, I am reminiscing my bonding times with my kids in the kitchen.

  20. Adorable buns! and great little help too...^^

  21. these are so cute and sound super yummy !

  22. Oh my goodness, these are too cuuuuuute! And they sound really yummy too :)

  23. Love the cat buns,looks fantastic.

    Thanks for your lovely comments.You have lot of nice recipes for me to try.Glad i am here.

    Very Happy to follow you.

  24. Such lovely and cute buns :) Following you now!!
    Would be Glad if u visit my space too :)

  25. These are adorable! I bet your sweet boy had a blast helping with and eating these :)

  26. Not only do they look so cute but delicious, too! Your helper looks like he's having fun with it :)

  27. How cute, but my sister would want me to make these as grumpy cat buns!

  28. So cute your how you and your son enjoyed time together in the kitchen.
    Hope you are having a lovely week Zoe :)

  29. Adorable funny cat buns,super cute.

  30. That is the cutest buns I've ever cute to be eaten..Thanks for sharing the recipe:)

  31. These are sooo cute!! Your son seemed to have a blast!!!

  32. Even auntie jessie is fallen into these cute cat buns! Like the filling too! Have a nice break on Anzac day!

  33. You have such a great relationship with your son! He's adorable. As are these "funny cat" tuna buns! Really nice - thanks.

  34. So soft and fluffy ! The filling looks moreish and so yummy . The little chef in-training really had a great time baking with you :D

  35. Zoe, very cute! It sure put a smile on my face :)

  36. This is sooooo cute! will try tomake for my son.

  37. I love these! Not only cute, but delicious and healthy too! What a great mum you are!! ;)

  38. Zoe,
    Oh! this is how you come out with this funny cats buns.
    They are super cute :D Looks soft and yummy too.
    I am also making a custard sweet corn sandwich loaf from Carol Hu's book too.

  39. Such a cute bake..would love to try this soon

  40. An adorable post,Zoe.
    So sweet to see your son baking and having fun:)
    Love the combination of sweet and sour ingredients.

  41. I hope your child had so much fun wid u in the kitchen while preparing cat tuna bread nice great post. Then clickIndian recipe.

  42. These buns look absolutely gorgeous :D
    Kitty buns - EEK!


  43. Haahha..your kitty buns are really fun and creative. So clever of you and I'm sure your son adores you even more after gobbling up all those yummy buns.

  44. i think you did a great job on the translation! they look absolutely fantastic !! ~ meow ~

  45. LOL these are sooo cute! I made bunny hot crossed buns one year and they were pretty funny too. Love that you have the kids join in. Looks like so much fun!

  46. cute!! kids will surely love these... also especially if they get to help to make this... the only thing with my son is that he will request for angry birds instead of cat... lol...

  47. These are soooo cute. Can I prepare the dough one day ahead and store it in the fridge? Cheers, Jaynarti

    1. Hi Jaynarti, Yes you can. Instead of proving the dough for 1 hr after kneading, just put in straight into the fridge to let it prove proof slowly overnight. Cheers!

    2. Hi Zoe, I prepared the dough last night and baked them today. It was a huge hit with my 20-month daughter. The bun is so fluffy, tastes like the buns from Asian bakery. Thanks so much for awesome recipe. You're such an amazing baker!!