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Pineapple Buns (菠蘿包)

Pineapple bun is a kind of sweet bun. Also, pineapple bread or bun is very popular and common among Hong Kong bakeries. Besides, in Cantonese it is known as bo lo bao which means pineapple bread.
Course Bread, Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine Asian, Chinese
Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 22 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 7 minutes
Servings 12
Calories 298kcal
Author Tracy O.



  • ½ cup Milk (I used 2 % at room temperature)
  • ½ cup Heavy whipping cream (At room temperature)
  • ¼ cup Sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Active dry yeast
  • 1 large Egg (At room temperature)
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • ½ tablespoon Dough enhancer
  • ½ tablespoon Vital wheat gluten
  • 1 & ¾ cups Bread flour total (Add 1 & ½ cup first, then let the dough mix it together if the dough still sticky add ¼ cup slowly.)
  • ½ cup Cake flour


  • 1 & ¼ cups All purpose flour
  • 1 lagre Egg yolk
  • ½ teaspoon Baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon Baking powder
  • ¾ cup Sugar (Use a chopper let it run around a few seconds)
  • ¼ cup Nonfat dry milk powder (Use a chopper let it run around a few seconds)
  • ¼ cup Butter (Melted)
  • ½ teaspoon Vanilla extract
  • 4 tablespoons Milk


  • 1 large Egg yolk


  • Pour ½ cup of warm milk, ½ cup of heavy whipping cream, and ¼ cup of sugar into the Bosch mixer. (Warm up the milk in the microwave for 15 seconds or leave it out at room temperature for 30 minutes before using it. Also, I used 2 % milk. You can use fat free or whole milk.)
  • After that, add 1 tablespoon of active dry yeast and 1 large egg into the Bosch mixer. ( I prefer to use a Bosch mixer.)
  • Turn on the lowest setting #1 and let it mix it a little bit and turn off the mixer. Then, wait for 5 minutes. (Don't run the mixer too long, just want to mix the ingredients.)
  • In another container, put 1&½ cups of bread flour, ½ cup of cake, ½ tablespoon dough enhancer, ½ tablespoon of vital wheat gluten and 1 teaspoon of salt. Mix it well.
  • After, turn on the mixer at the lowest setting #1 and pour the flour mixture slowly into the yeast mixture. (Note: if the dough is sticky, add the rest of ¼ cup bread flour at a time until the dough comes together). Then, change the mixer from lowest setting to medium or high setting #3 and let it run for 10-15 minutes.
  • After 10-15 minutes, the dough is ready. Then, take the dough out in a bowl and cover the bowl with a damp towel and let it sit for 45 minutes. (My trick to speed up the rising time. Normally, I preheat the oven to 200F. Then, turn off the oven and put the dough in for 30 minutes.)
  • In the meanwhile, prepare the topping dough. Put ¼ cup of nonfat dry milk powder into the chopper.
  • Then, add ¾ cup of sugar into the chopper. Let it run for a few seconds until it's smooth and fine.
  • In a container, put 1 & ¼ cups of all purpose flour, the chopped sugar and dry milk powder from step 7 and 8. Also, 1 large egg yolk, ½ teaspoon of baking soda, ¼ teaspoon of baking powder, ¼ cup of melted butter, ½ teaspoon of vanilla extract and 4 tablespoons of milk.
  • Mix the ingredients well and keep kneading until the dough comes together. Set it aside and cover with a cloth.
  • When the dough rises, roughly divide the dough into 12 or 10 pieces depending how big the bun or bread you want. (I did it for 12 pieces.)
  • Next, roll the dough into balls and put on the parchment paper with oil spray on the tray. Cover it with a wet cloth and let it wait for 15 minutes.
  •  At the same time, roughly divide the topping dough from step 10 and roll it into a ball.
  • Take a topping dough and cover with plastic wrapper.
  • Press with your palm to flatten the topping dough.
  • The following step, put the topping dough on top of the bread dough from step 12.
  • Beat a large egg yolk or egg and brush the egg on top of the topping dough.
  • Preheat the oven at 350F, bake at 350F for 18-22 minutes until it's golden brown.



Cooking tips for how to make Chinese pineapple buns or bo lo bao recipe:

Bread dough:

  • Personally prefer to use a Bosch mixer to make bread because they mix the dough very well.
  • Remember to leave the milk and heavy cream at room temperature for 30 minutes or just warm up a little bit in the microwave for 15 seconds. This can help the yeast rise faster.
  • Add 1 & ½ cup bread flour first, then let the dough mix it together if the dough is still sticky add ¼ cup of bread flour slowly.
  • I added dough enhancer and vital wheat gluten, so the bread has a better texture.
  • To speed up the rising time. Normally, I preheat the oven to 200F. Then, turn off the oven and put the dough in for 30 minutes.

Topping dough:

  • Put regular sugar and dry milk powder in a chopper and run it for a few seconds. Thus, it is smooth and fine.


Serving: 12g | Calories: 298kcal | Carbohydrates: 47g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 58mg | Sodium: 306mg | Potassium: 134mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 19g | Vitamin A: 391IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 73mg | Iron: 1mg