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A quick and easy version of Melon Pan (メロンパン), this melon pan toast is made with just 4 ingredients in under 15 minutes! The perfect way to switch up your toast toppings. Vegan + healthier & gluten free option.

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Melon pan was probably one of my favourite Japanese sweet bread (Kashi Pan) next to Anpan (red bean paste bun) growing up. Every summer when my family and I would go back to my grandmas place in Japan, she would have melon pan on the table ready for us to devour when we landed.

Melon pan can be found everywhere in Japan but living in Canada, there was only one place that had it. My mom went to a couple local Japanese bakery workshops and learned how to make melon pan. On Sundays, she would bake up a batch and I looked forward to it every week.

As we got older, we all got busier and my mom started to make us this melon toast instead. The first time I tried it I was BLOWN AWAY. As much as I love fluffy melon pan, something about the cookie layer over a thick slice of toasty bread… mmm. I recently had a sudden craving for this and was able to easily make it vegan by simply removing the egg yolk and swapping the butter for vegan butter. I am so excited to share this recipe with you so lets get to it!

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How to Make Melon Pan Toast

It typically takes about 2-3 hours to make melon pan but with this quick and easy toast version, you can make it with just 4 ingredients in under 15 minutes!

The Ingredients (+ Substitutions)

Original Version: this is the version I grew up eating and is more indulgent but SO worth it.

  • Bread
  • Cane Sugar
  • Vegan Butter: or vegan margarine
  • Cake Flour: you can also use AP flour or gluten free all purpose blend.

Healthier Gluten Free Version: I knew I’d get some questions about whether it can be made healthier so I tested a few variations and actually loved how this one came out! Slightly less crispy but still delicious.

  • Bread: use gluten free bread
  • Almond flour
  • Cashew butter: make sure to use one thats runny
  • Coconut Sugar: or any dry sugar of choice
  • Maple Syrup

The Directions

  1. Make the cookie dough: mix the cane sugar, vegan butter & cake flour until well combined. Spread over bread and then use a sharp knife to make diagonal hatch marks about 1/4 of an inch (3/4 cm) apart.
  2. Toaster method: in a toaster oven for about 5 minutes or until slightly golden brown and crispy.
  3. Oven method: bake at 350 F (180 C) for 8-10 minutes, keeping an eye on it towards the end so it doesn’t burn.

Video Tutorial

Variations

If you want to change up the flavours, here are some more delicious variations to try:

  • Pumpkin pie spice: add 1/4 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • Matcha: substitute 1/2 tsp of flour with matcha
  • Cocoa: substitute 1 tsp of flour with cocoa powder
  • Strawberry: substitute 1 tsp of flour with strawberry powder
  • Vanilla: add 1/2 tsp of vanilla extract
  • Caramel: add 1/2 tsp of vanilla extract
  • Melon: add 1/4 tsp of vanilla extract
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melon pan toast on a ceramic plate

Melon Pan Toast


  • Author: Lisa Kitahara
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 2 toasts 1x

Description

Melon Pan Toast  — a quick and easy version of melon pan! Sugar cookie topping over a slice of perfectly toasted bread, SO GOOD.


Ingredients

Scale

Original Version

  • 2 slices of your favourite bread
  • 2 tbsp raw cane sugar (24g)
  • 2 tbsp vegan butter, melted (32g)
  • 45 tbsp cake flour (36g // or gluten free all purpose blend)

Healthier Gluten Free Version


Instructions

  1. Mix the cane sugar, vegan butter, and lesser amount of cake flour in a bowl until a sticky cookie dough forms. If the spead is too runny, add remaining flour 1 tsp at a time. Spread over two slices of bread. With a sharp knife, make hatch marks like melon pan. Sprinkle some more sugar on top (optional). 
  2. Toast in a toaster oven for 5 minutes or bake at 350 F for 8-10 minutes until crispy and slightly golden brown. 

Notes

  • Nutritional Information Disclaimer: Nutrition information is a rough estimate calculated on an online tool (Cronometer) for the original version. 
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Category: breakfast
  • Method: baking
  • Cuisine: vegan, gluten free, japanese

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 serving
  • Calories: 328
  • Sugar: 13.7g
  • Sodium: 260mg
  • Fat: 13.9g
  • Saturated Fat: 3.7g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 9.5g
  • Trans Fat: 0
  • Carbohydrates: 46.6g
  • Fiber: 1.3g
  • Protein: 4.6g
  • Cholesterol: 0

Keywords: melon pan, vegan, gluten free, cookie toast, melon pan toast

SAVE IT FOR LATER! ↓

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About Lisa

I'm Lisa, a home cook, recipe developer and founder of Okonomi Kitchen. Here, you'll find a mix of classic and modernized Japanese recipes, and creative, plant-forward meal inspiration using seasonal ingredients. I hope to share more about Japanese cuisine and culture through food and recipes.


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18 Comments

  1. Really simple and tasty! I have been wanting to try Melon Pan for years but can’t commit to that much work, this was a great alternative.

  2. This was such an easy recipe! My fav sweet treat that comes together very quickly! Once I even pan-toasted it and it still turned out crispy and yummy 🙂

  3. This recipe was amazing and divine! I used houjicha on one toast and matcha on the other. Thank you again for another amazing recipe!

  4. This was such a lovely and easy to make treat! Whipped this up this weekend with ingredients we had on hand, will definitely be trying the different variations and working on my scoring technique!

  5. Ever since I watched this melon pan toast video on Insta, I’ve been literally dying to make. But some how never got a chance. I made it last night. It’s super easy, quick, less ingredients and totally satisfies sugar cravings. Thanks for this beautiful recipe. ❤️❤️

  6. Just made this for breakfast. And. It. Is. So. Good!
    Such a good start to the day. Will try the different flavours next time, looking forward to a cinnamon one, or a matcha or chocolate! The options are limitless and it’s so easy to put together.