Tamago Boro (also known as egg biscuits, (蛋果子 or 小馒头)) is a very popular snack among kids. You can find them in supermarkets, Japanese specialty stores or local snack shops. My son had never tasted them before. So, he was very excited when he knew that I was going to make them for him.
I have made these Tamago Boro successfully based on a recipe I have adapted and modified from 『君之』的手工烘焙坊. It uses simple ingredients with easy-to-follow steps. But if you want to make super tiny, nicely browned and flawless tamago boro biscuits like those sold in the store, then it would be a challenge.
To get a perfect looking Tamago Boro, it really requires lots of patience and dexterity with the hands. Having said that, the most tedious part comes from dividing the dough into bits of even weight (one gram each, slightly bigger than the size of a soya bean) and rolling them into 280 miniature egg boro. For easy rolling, I had to constantly wet my hands as the dough turns dry quickly. This task took me around an hour and half to complete with the help of my hubby. Well, if you think it is too time consuming, you can opt for the short-cut given in the original recipe (please refer to note 2 in my recipe). However, the down side of this option is that the cooked egg biscuits will be coated with a layer of flour and their shape may not be as round as the first method and may have more crack lines.
During baking, it is important to use the right temperature setting and monitor the baking process closely. This is to prevent these mini balls from cracking and browning too much. Spraying some water on them before and during baking can help to minimize crack lines from developing. At times, you can also place a baking sheet on top to cut down the heat.
I bake these egg biscuits for 25 minutes, longer than the recommended time stated in the original recipe. This reason is because my son prefers the texture to be crisp and crunchy, and its taste is more flavourful.
I don’t know how they fair when compared to those commercial tamago boro as I can’t even recall when I last ate them. However, the miniature size of these biscuits (about 1cm or less in diameter) makes them look incredibly adorable and irresistible!! My son loves popping them into his mouth while doing his homework. When he shared them with his classmates, the responses he received were overwhelming. After all, who will say no to these cuties?
These egg biscuits are low on oil and sugar. It is a perfect snack for kids but I would not recommend it for babies (especially below one year old) as it contains egg and sugar, and may cause choking.
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