Make the maple cookie dough. Place margarine and shortening into a bowl and mix. Then add sugar and egg and mix until the mixture becomes fluffy. Add maple oil (or vanilla essence), sifted flour and mix. You can also blend all of these ingredients in a food processor.
Shape the cookie dough into a log and let it sit in the refrigerator until the bread dough is ready.
Make the bread dough using a bread machine up to the end of the 1st proofing. Then divide the dough into 10 equal portions and let the dough sit for 15 minutes.
Divide the cookie dough into 40 g each, place the dough in between two sheets of plastic cling wrap and roll out to flatten.
Place the bread dough on the flattened cookie dough. Cover about 2/3 of the bread dough with the cookie dough. At this point, if the bread dough has risen too much, press out excess air from the bread dough and shape it round again.
Place both the cookie dough and bread dough on your palm and shape the two gently together into one ball as if covering the bread dough with the cookie dough.
The point is to tightly wrap the bread dough.
Stick the cookie dough part into a bowl with granulated sugar and coat its surface.
Make slight cuts using a scraper. Make sure your scores aren't cut too deeply -- you don't want to reach the ball of bread inside.
Let the dough sit in room temperature so that the margarine will not melt. Let the dough sit for 90 minutes to 2 hours for the 2nd proofing.
Bake in a 180℃ oven for 13 to 15 minutes and then it's ready
There will be more than enough cookie dough to cover your melon breads, so make small balls with the remaining cookie dough (sprinkle on the remaining granulated sugar too) and bake in a 180℃ oven for 10 minutes. Then you'll have maple cookies.
Story Behind this Recipe
I wanted to eat maple melon bread I added shortening so that the crust stay crispy even on the next day. You can enjoy other flavors by exchanging the maple syrup with a coffee-flavored liquid or chocolate syrup.
The cookie dough will be a little bit soft once mixed together, so let it sit in the refrigerator for about 1 hour Using a pieces of plastic cling wrap to roll out and wrap your dough will make the process easier and nicer!
It's better to proof the cookie dough at a lower temperature so it doesn't lose its shape.