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  • Author: Lisa Kitahara
  • Total Time: 24 hours 30 minutes
  • Yield: 5 bagnuts 1x
  • Diet: Vegetarian


Learn how to make soft, chewy and crispy bagnut with this easy to follow recipe! 


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Version 1 (Basic dough)

  • 2 1/2 cups (360 g) bread flour
  • 2 tbsp (24 g) brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup (185 ml) water
  • 3 tbsp (45 ml) milk or more water
  • 1 tbsp + 1 tsp (18 g) oil
  • 1/4 tsp (1.8 g) instant dry yeast
  • 1 1/4 tsp (6 g) salt

Version 2 (Enriched dough)

  • 2 1/2 cup (360 g) bread flour
  • 2 tbsp (45 g) condensed milk
  • slightly less than 1 cup (230 ml) milk of choice
  • 1 tbsp + 1 tsp (20 g) butter
  • 1/4 tsp (2 g) instant dry yeast
  • 1 1/4 tsp (6 g ) salt

Cinnamon Sugar

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 tbsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • pinch of salt


  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 1/23 tbsp water or milk
  • 1 tbsp corn syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract


  1. Make the dough: Add the dough ingredients to a stand mix. Mix on low until the flour has absorbed most of the liquids. Increase the speed to medium and let it knead for 5-8 minutes or until a smooth-ish dough ball forms. The dough should not be too wet nor too dry. It shouldn’t stick to the sides of the bowl but still feel moist.
  2. Leave overnight: Transfer the dough into a ziplock bag or in a bowl, covered. Place into the produce compartment of the refrigerator overnight (12-18 hours).
  3. Pre-shape: Let the dough side out for 20-30 minutes or until it reaches 15 C- 17 C / 59 F – 63 F. Divide the dough into five 125 g pieces. De-gas each piece and roughly roll the dough top down. Cover and let it rest for 15-20 minutes to let the dough relax.
  4. Shape: Roll out the pre-shaped dough into a rectangle. Roll the dough top down, pinching the edge each time you roll. For the last roll, ensure the seam is pinched securely so that it does not unravel. Roll out the right side of the log of dough seam side up and then bring the left side over to the ride an tuck the end in, pinching the two sides to seal (see photos for visual reference). If you prefer a chewier and denser texture, twist the dough 2 – 2.5 times. This will keep the dough tight (less air bubbles form).
  5. Proof: Spray with water and keep at room temperature or a warm place until they have grown about 1.5 times in size. When poking the dough, it should spring back slowly and leave a very faint dent.
  6. Boil: Boil for 15-45 seconds on each side. The longer the boil time the more chew the crust of the bagnut will be.
  7. Bake: In a 200 C / 400 F pre-heated oven, bake for 14-16 minutes or until the bottom of the bagnut is golden brown (this will ensure its fully baked inside).
  8. Fry: Heat oil to 190 C – 200 C / 375 F – 400 F. Fry on each side for about 30 seconds or until golden brown on each side.
  9. Coat: Dip in glaze or toss in cinnamon sugar while still hot.
  • Prep Time: 24 hours
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: Japanese-Western