Caterpillar Bread - Step by Step

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Makes 5 buns

For lack of a better name for this yummy bread, I've decided to call it Caterpillar bread (because 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, can be 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.
egg, lightly beaten and divided in half
1 tbsp.
melted butter
2 tbsp.
1 tbsp.
milk powder

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 40 mins to an hour for it to double in size.

STEP 1 & 2 - Divide the dough into 5 sections. Start rolling each one into an oval/rectangular shape, about quarter inch or less thickness.

STEP 3 & 4 - 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.

STEP 5 & 6 - 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.

STEP 7 - The strips will cover the top of the bun and give a pretty finish. Try and pinch the ends of the strips under the dough so they do not unfurl or open up during baking.

STEP 8Place 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 180 C. Brush the remaining half egg over the bread and sprinkle sesame seeds. Bake for about 18-20 minutes or until the buns are done and golden.

STEP 9 - Remove and brush them with some butter, keep them covered with a kitchen towel to retain their softness until time for serving.

Enjoy! :)



they look very good and yummy

salaam. I wanted to make these today. How much does the ingredients for the bread make?

Fauzia's Kitchen Fun's picture

W/Salaam, as mentioned in the recipe instructions, it makes 5.

salams sis, i made this bun today so tasty ................. Jazakamullah for ur yummy recipies

A.a masha Allah i made it today for breakfast and it was yuuuuuuuuummmmmmyyyyyyy!!!!!

180 for preheat but for baking what temperature you will prefer?

Fauzia's Kitchen Fun's picture

Temp remains same.

Em newly join this site IN SHA ALLAH very soon i will try :) JAZK ALLAH for Yumiiii recipesssss :)

Assalam o alaikum,
I got perfect shape n color but baking time was 1 hr for me, y is dat so? & base was hard but taste was so gud ALHAMDULILLAH.
Other thing is dat while kneading i needed more than a cup of milk like 1 1/4, & i used simple meida then added recommended ingrediednts, is dat okay?
Can i restore rest of dough in refrigerator?
Thanx! :)
& can u suggest wt brand do u use for yeast n baking powder?

Fauzia's Kitchen Fun's picture

W/Salaam, sounds like it was overbaked from the bottom. As for liquid, normally that varies with types/brands of flour. Some absorb more than others so always just add as much as you need to make the dough soft. You can refrigerate the leftover dough wrapped well. Not more than a day, otherwise freeze. If it stays too long it will smell yeasty. I use SAF Instant Yeast. Baking powder I just use whatever brand I find.

ibtisam's picture

asalam aleikum,ur recipes are awesome a fan from going to my mother in law today n I wana make this cartapilarz 4 her but I dnt hv the tandoori masala for the filling wat can I use instead?is grammasala ok? n milk powder I also dnt hv is there an alternative? thats for the dough....and I also don't have sesame not prepared today but I really wana make this for my in laws.

Fauzia's Kitchen Fun's picture

W/Salaam, you can skip the milk powder and as for the tandoori masala, that is for flavour and a reddish colour, you can leave it out too. Sesame seeds are purely decorative, just omit them if you do not have them.

Assalamualaikum wrwb sister,

How many tablespoons of filling goes in each piece?

Is it to be baked in the centre shelf?

JazakAllah Khair!:)

Fauzia's Kitchen Fun's picture

W/Salaam, have never checked how many tbsp, am guessing approximately 2 or 3 maybe. Yes middle shelf.

Salams, wanted to know the reason for marinating the mince in yoghurt...?

Fauzia's Kitchen Fun's picture

W/Salaam, adds flavour to the mince.

Assalamulaikum wrwb, can we make the chicken bread & rose ones also with the same dough so that I don't have to make two seperate doughs? I can just change the filling inside them.

And also will it be correct to put this bread in a full temp (220c) oven & as soon as it rises, lower the temp. to 170 until it turns golden brown?

JazakAllah Khair

Fauzia's Kitchen Fun's picture

W/Salaam, yes you can use the same dough recipe. I do not understand though why you want the oven to preheat at 220 C. Recipe needs it at 180. That means from start to end the temp has to be 180 unless your oven is too hot then turn it down to 170.

Salam,nyc one malama fauzia

madiha umair's picture

hi can u plz tell me the difference between plain flour and all purpose flour . i tried ur chiken bread recipe it turned out great in taste n dough was very soft the onlyy thing which make me worried tht the colour of the dough turned out to be pale yelow not in gloden brown .. can u plz tell me y is that so?? i used maida ( plain flour)fr that ..

Fauzia's Kitchen Fun's picture

Hi, the two are the same thing. The colour depends on your oven actually, if you have a top grill turn it on during the last few minutes of baking to get a good colour.

Salamz, Can you make a fish shaped one as well

Is it necessary to knead with milk?

Fauzia's Kitchen Fun's picture

You can knead with warm water. :)

hello love thanx for dis u bring joy to ma table my family r very hapy very yummie,i have tried result is superfab

Salaam o alaikum wr wb sister, jhazakhallah khair for such amazing recipes, I have tried lots of recipes from ure site and always a hit to my daughters, Alhamdolillah as they are fussy eaters ;) lol... Sister I wanted to ask what inch/cm lentgth roughly are these made to get 5. And also I had a question on McArabia but its not there if u could kindly chk plz jhazakhallah khair once again.. may Allah swt reward u immensely... x

Fauzia's Kitchen Fun's picture

W/Salaam, thanks for the great feedback. About 8 inches or so in length. McArabia is in the international folder. :)

Salam. My breads and rolls etc are never the beautiful golden and shiny even though I glaze them properly. Please help. Thank you.

Fauzia's Kitchen Fun's picture

W/Salaam, do you brush them with some butter just as they come out of the oven? That helps add shine to them.

Rugshana's picture

Made this yesterday n it came out beautiful.shukran

assalamualaikum.can i make this in microwave oven which has all modes including grill?

Fauzia's Kitchen Fun's picture

W/Salaam, sorry I never bake in the microwave so cannot be sure of this.


khudaija's picture

salam alaykum I just have no words with your recipies its just mashallah mashallah mashallah
keep it uppp!!!!!!!
Will pray always for you to God that you be in good health and teach us many many recipies Ameen

Assalamualaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuhu , I made this today looked good filling nice but please tell me why my husband said the bread tasted plasticky as an aftertaste , why would that be?

Fauzia's Kitchen Fun's picture

W/Salaam, thank you! Not sure about the plasticky taste, never heard of this before. Could be the brand of flour or yeast you are using? Try changing one or the other and see if it makes a difference.

Shareefah Abdulrahman's picture

As salaamu alaikum Sis. Is there a way to make this recipe using active dry yeast?

Shareefah Abdulrahman's picture

jazakhallah khair sis!

Shamla fowmey's picture

Just made For Ifthar...... looking great! thanks for the recipe sister. may Allah bless you. (luv)

I made them for Iftar..Insha allah they turned out great. Thank you :)

assalamualikum wrwb....just tried these breads....jazakaAlaah khair for sharing with us such nice recipe.May Allah swt give you rewards for this....Aameen.I made them in convection microven and they turned out to b yummy alhumdulilah...........jus that i had to increase the baking time to 20-22.:)

i made this today for iftar it was really great, good recipe the bread was very soft

AssalamuAlaikum... sister... we made caterpillar bread. it was amazing nd tasty!!! Jazakallah 4 ur free recipes!!!

am glad I found your website. its just awesome. jazakallah

Asalam o alaikum ! I tried this one taste so good but couldn't get this eye catching brownish gold colour ...could u please sort out the reason ...? JazakALLAH

Fauzia's Kitchen Fun's picture

W/Salaam, make sure to turn on the top grill for colour.

Hi can i make this mini size like chicken bun?

Fauzia's Kitchen Fun's picture

Hi, yes you can.

Salam fauzia' I wanna knw that how do u rollout the dough and get the specific shape? With a rolling pin or just with ur hands?