Caterpillar Bread

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5 caterpillar buns

For lack of a better name for this yummy bread, I've decided to call it Caterpillar bread (coz it sort of looks like a caterpillar, although I assure you no caterpillars were harmed in the making of it! :D) It's a soft bun with a filling, pretty to look at and delicious in taste. Big hit with the little ones!

The filling can be anything you like. You can use veggie, chicken, cheesy, tuna etc. I have used my spicy keema filling.

Ingredients for Dough
2 cups
all-purpose flour
3/4 cup
warm milk
1 tsp.
instant yeast
pinch of baking powder
1/2 tsp.
1 tsp.
(lightly beaten and divided in half)
1 tbsp.
melted butter
2 tbsp.
1 tbsp.
milk powder

Here is the step by step link on how to make this bread.

Sieve the flour, then add milk powder, baking powder, sugar, yeast and salt.  Then add the oil, butter and half the egg (reserve the other half for brushing the bread later) and mix together.  Now add the milk gradually whilst kneading.  You might not need it all, so add it sparingly until your dough is nice and soft.  If more milk is needed to get a soft dough consistency, warm a litte more and use.  Knead for a good 8-10 minutes.  The more you knead the softer the bread results will be.

Touch a bit of oil with your fingertips and apply all over the ball of dough. Cover in a bowl and set aside for 40mins to an hour for it to double in size.

Divide the dough into 5 sections. Start rolling each one into an oval/rectangular shape, about 1/4 inch or less thickness.  Brush with butter, then cut strips about a third of the way into the oval on one of the longer sides of the rolled out dough.

Add your filling on the opposite side of where the strips have been cut.  Fold the dough over the filling to enclose it, then roll gently all the way to the end.  The strips will cover teh top of the bun and give it a pretty finish. Try and pinch the ends of the strips under the dough so they do not uncurl or open up during baking.

Place on a greased tray and repeat with the rest of the balls of dough. Cover with a light kitchen towel and allow the buns to rest for about 30 minutes to allow them to expand again slightly.

When ready to bake, preheat the oven at 180C.  Brush the remaining half egg over teh bread and sprinkly sesame seeds.  Bake for about 18-20 minutes or until the buns are done and golden.

Remove and brush them with some butter.  Keep them covered with a kitchen towel to retain their softness until time for serving.

Enjoy!  :)


can i deep fry them instead of baking.

Fauzia's Kitchen Fun's picture

Unfortunately frying these might not give the same results, they are best baked.

How many catterpillar breads come out in 2 cups flour.

Fauzia's Kitchen Fun's picture

As mentioned in the recipe, makes 5.

can u tell me an alternate of milk powder or if i could skip it if its not at hand

Fauzia's Kitchen Fun's picture

You can omit it.

syeda's picture

Aoa fauzia, can I freeze this bread? If yes, then how?

can we use active dry yeast.. if yes how much n how..and should both the rods be swiched on in an otg or just either one.. plz help me

Fauzia's Kitchen Fun's picture

Yes you can use active yeast, refer to this note please on the conversion and method of use.

About the rods that need to be switched on, my oven works differently (I don't have to switch on various rods at any time) but I believe for ovens like what you are using, start with the bottom one and then midway turn on the top. Accordingly see how the results are and adjust. :)

Asha's picture

I made these yesterday for iftar and they turned out beautiful!

looks so good im so glad that i founud your website i cant wait to try them thank you so much!!!!!!

I made it and they were great.. thanks for the beautiful recipe and love the way of ur explanation... god bless u

I tried this recipe...and everyone admired my effort :) credit goes to you.. jazakillah!

Can i put this dough for 3 to 4 days ?

Fauzia's Kitchen Fun's picture

W/Salaam, put it where?

Can I use half recipe to make just 2 caterpillar bread? If so then how much egg should I add

Fauzia's Kitchen Fun's picture

Yes you can, beat the egg and use 1 tbsp in the dough.

hi sis can u tell me how much baking powder should i add 1/4 tsp is it enough?or too much?

Fauzia's Kitchen Fun's picture

Just a pinch, not quarter tsp.

Asak fauzia.. Since I haave a,microeave, just wana knw if this cn b made on tawa

Fauzia's Kitchen Fun's picture

Yes you can.

salams fauzia, can u email me how to roll the bread i mean give me picture of it . jazakallah may Allah blesss u .

Fauzia's Kitchen Fun's picture

W/Salaam, please check the link given in the first line of the instructions, it has the step by step instructions with pics.

loved these thank you

Is there any possibility that if you can add pictures of especially this recipe thanks

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Umm all the recipes already HAVE pictures.

Salaams, might sound like a silly question, can you make this recipe using pizza dough instead??

Fauzia's Kitchen Fun's picture

W/Salaam, yes you can.

Can I use this bread recipe for making chicken bread?

Fauzia's Kitchen Fun's picture

Yes you can.

salaams, all your bread recipes require milk powder. is this absolutely necessary? we don't use this at home so would like to know how this helps and if there's a substitute. thanks a lot!

Fauzia's Kitchen Fun's picture

W/Salaam, it adds to the softness of the dough. You can leave it out if you do not have it.

Assalam alaikum Fauzia...tried these and turned out awesome, Alhamdulillah...just love your recipes and work..must say my brother loves them too and thats the reason he does his cooking on his own while following ur recipes.. :)... Keep it up dear... Jazaka Allah khair...God Bless You..

atea's picture

hi fauzia plz advice me i love making mandazi but each i try the end product becomes harder. please advice on what to do so that my mandazis turn out to be soft and yummy .and the spices to use for flavour .....thanks

vinny atea

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Hi, thank you...try and make sure you knead the dough very well and it should be soft. I only use cardamom other spice.

Hi! Absolutely love ur recipes! Just wanted to ask... Can v make 'baby caterpiller' bread out of the same recipe? I mean, can v divide the dough into about 10 small doughs and make small sized breads out of these? (The same way u did for ur chicken bread recipe)

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Hi and thanks! Yes you absolutely can. :)

shafna's picture

salams sis.... thanks for ur awsome recipes.. keep up the gud wrk....i tried it n cm out well bt only the thing s i could feel a heavy yeast smell evn aftr baked....

Fauzia's Kitchen Fun's picture

Thanks. Did you let the dough rest for too long?

shafna's picture

ya sis... i let the dough rest more than an hour..... thanks

Fauzia's Kitchen Fun's picture

Normally about an hour is not too long, unless the weather is very warm and the dough did not need that long to rise. By sitting too long, yeast doughs do tend to end up smelling a bit yeasty.

shafna's picture

Thanks sis....

Asak wrwb.

I want to make 10 caterpillar buns like these would you please tell me how much flour and yeast should I use?

Fauzia's Kitchen Fun's picture

Since the recipe makes 5 buns, simply double it to make 10.

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appa tryn to make it today and prepared all stuffs but got a call from work and had to go now..fillings and dough are ready.. if i keep the dough n filling in freeze hope that gonna be ok till 8 pm right?

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Yes that is fine.

I have tried zis it came out very nice... U can pls send more recipes on bread n buns

Asa....I want to know tht can I make it in microwave? ?If yes then for how much time