Monday, March 1, 2010

Flower Steamed Bun

I've been doing a few steaming project these few days. It was fast and simple which is just perfect for this hot season. Am trying to cut down the intake of oily food ! And have taken lots of fresh fruits & water to prevent dehydration! Just hoping not to fall sick easily under this kind of weather.

Starter Dough Ingredients :
200gm all purpose flour
a pinch of salt
1/2 tspn yeast
110ml water

- combine all ingredients together to form a soft dough and knead till smooth.
- leave to proof for one hours.
- then divide into 4 portion (about 70-75gm per portion),
(keep the unused portion in the fridge for other recipes.)

Main Dough Ingredients :

130ml water
70gm start dough (or one portion), tear into pieces
200gm all purpose flour/superfine flour
100gm pau flour
1/2 tspn baking powder
1 tbsp milk powder
2-1/2 tbsp sugar
1-1/2 tspn yeast
1 tbsp shortening

Method :

- combine all ingredients into a mixer bowl to form a soft dough.
- knead untill smooth.
- divide dough into 14 portion.
( I double the ingredients and made half into pandan flavour by adding in 1 tspn coconut milk extract and 1/2 tspn pandan extract/green colouring & divide 14 portion each.)

- join one pce white dough and one pce green dough together, then roll flat.
- make a few cuts in the center.
- twist the dough and then make a knot.

- place them to the steamer tray and let to rest for 20-30 mins.
- finally, steam for 10 mins and then serve hot.

Here's my babies! Just look at them.... Hhmmm...mmm......

Really really fluffy and aromatic due to the coconut flavouring I've added in. If you can't find the coconut extract, probably you can use light coconut milk instead of water. My daughter just adores it! She's having these for her breakfast and also brought two along for her lunch box. Hope you all will enjoy this recipe as well!


Cheah said...

These look lovely, very cute. Can do with some for lunch!

MaryMoh said... beautiful twist. That looks like a lot of fun to make and eat! Sounds like it's so hot back home now. You should move here. Ask your hubby to apply for a job here again. Come and be my neighbour :D

My Little Space said...

Cheah : What's up? You're so free today. I guess probably you're eating out tonight huh! haha...

MaryMoh : You're so cute, daaaarling! I thought everybody complaining it's too cold over there. haha... But I like it cold. Yes, it is extrememly hot over here right now. My shirt and hair is almost wet from the morning till night. So, just think about that! I just gave my hair cut this afternoon. Much better!

You ladies have a wonderful day!

Best regards,

Heavenly Housewife said...

So so so pretty. I really want to try one of these.
HOpe you had a wonderful weekend daaaaaahling.
*kisses* HH

penny aka jeroxie said...

That is so cute! I wish I am as good as you are with this type of steaming.

3 hungry tummies said...

You managed to turn something so simple into something very special! I'm going to use your other pao recipes too hehe

Vanillastrawberryspringfields said...

So so so absolutely dang cute n creative....jus like u n ur little space....adoarable!!!!

pegasuslegend said...

wow are darn cleaver is this!~ Wow love them your an artist my dear!!!!! These would be great for St Pattys day perfect timing!

Claudia said...

Oh how sweet these are. My college-daughter would love to pack these in her lunch box and I would love to have one now.

Lyndsey said...

No she can't have you, I want you to be my neighbor! :) hehe!

This is so good, I wanted to do some steamed buns this weekend. The coconut extract is easy for me, but I'd have to search for the pandan extract. Theses look so pretty to eat!

sowmya's creative saga said...

very pretty..

Trix said...

This twisting method is ingenious, did you make it up? Just gorgeous!

Hungry Dog said...

Wow, those are so pretty! Very springy...which is just around the corner, I'm told.

Barbara said...

Kristy, those are so pretty! You did a marvelous job. I would love to try this but I don't think I could pull it off as well as you do.

alwayswinner786 said...

Soo cute! I love the vibrant color.
I wish you are my neighbor, I am missing you dear!! LOL!

My Little Space said...

HHousewife : Thanks alot, daaaarling! You've a good day too.

Penny : Just believe in yourself, girl!

3HTummies : All the best, girls!

Vanilla : Thank you so much for your kind words.

Claudia : Hope you've fun and make extra for the party!

Claudia : Hope I could send you some! Guess you've to make your own bun. Sorry!

Lyndsey : Don't worry! Just omit the pandan extract and use the green colouring will do. The coconut extract already perfect enough for the whole flavouring.

sowmya : Thanks alot!

Trix : Thank you!

Hungry dog : Thanks! Hope that I could invite you over! hehe...

Barbara : I'm sure you can do it! You'll find a way. Btw, did you get to make the mandarin orange tossing on last weekend? hehe... Hey, best of luck huh!(you know what I mean!)

Have a great day everyone and be good!

Best wishes,

Pam said...

So pretty, I'd love to have one! Love that touch of green and wish I could see it in my yard! Great post! Thanks!

Bob said...

Those are so cool! Love it.

Katy ~ said...

I love the looks of these! And perfect for St. Patrick's day too. Great timing and great recipe. Ooooh, I want to try these!

Jeannie said...

Another gorgeous looking creation. I can never get such smooth skin from my steamed buns :( somehow, there'll be dents on the surface!

cherry potato said...

These buns look so soft & nice.Great job!

Chow and Chatter said...

wish you could come to my house and give me a steaming lesson looks amazing

Juliana said...

Wow, these little flower buns look so the way you made them...

CheapAppetite said...

Kristy, I love your flower steamed buns. It looks so pretty. Also great combo flavors. Pandan and Coconut definitly go well together. Your little girl knows that:)

Belinda @zomppa said...

These are AWESOME. They are so precious - St. Patrick's Day is coming perfect.

Divina Pe said...

That's a really nice steamed bun. It's really hot in here too. I would need some coconut water. :)

WizzyTheStick said...

These are so pretty! I must try these soon

Shirley said...

You are very talented with baking Kristy, it just seems to flow from you.

Laura in Paris said...

I can't believe my eyes! But would believe my mouth if I could taste one!

Elra said...

This flower steam bun is very tempting, did you put green food coloring? I try to read your recipe and couldn't find where the green color come from. Please let me know, because I am quite tempted in making this. I might have to bake them though, since I don't have a good steamer.

My Little Space said...

Hi Everyone,

Thanks again! Love you guys.

Elra : I'm using 1 tbsp coconut & pandan paste or you may use coconut extract & green colouring. Hope you've fun!

Have a great weekend.


The Experimental Cook said...

Hi, may I know how long I can keep the starter dough in the fridge before they spoil? Thanks!

My Little Space said...

The Experimental Cook,

Hi there, the starter dough can be kept at least 3-5 days at the bottom fridge. Throw it away if the dough has changed to darker colour or dark spots. The starter dough may also use in making french bread or other sourdough bread.

Thanks for visiting and have fun! Hope to hear from you more often.


Anonymous said...

Hi My Littel Space

Cud u kinldy advise me can I use saf-instant yeast for the flower steamed buns?

Priscilla Poh

My Little Space said...

Hi Anonymous, do you mean the block fresh wet yeast?


Anonymous said...

Thnx My Little Space for ur response. I mean the dry baker's yeast saf instant sold in supermarkets comes sachets of 11gm packed 5 in box.

Another question is can I use pau or HK flour instead of plain flour?

Priscilla Poh

My Little Space said...

Hi Priscilla, yes you can use both pau or HK flour. Those are extreme fine flour. The buns will be softer compare to all purpose flour. So, enjoy & have fun!


Anonymous said...

Many thanks Kisty for ur swift response. I shall use ur recipe to make longevity paus soon and let u know the outcome.

One other thing is can I make the starter dough and keep it in the fridge overnight?

Sorry, due to keyboard glitch, I was not able to type properly my query on the yeast earlier. The yeast I was preferring to is dry baker's yeast saf-instant each weighs 11gm with 5 sachets packed in a box.

Priscilla Poh

Anonymous said...

Hi I was wondering can you do a tutorial on your flower steam bun? I would really enjoy it and appreciate it if you did. thank you for your time and i hope to hear from you.

Anonymous said...

Hello Kisty

I like to know whether can I use the rest of the starter dough for making baked buns. Normally for baked buns, I used bread flour to make gelatinised dough. Since, I still have left over starter dough made from pau flour for the steamed mantaos, can I use it to incorporated into main dough for bread and make baked buns. Do u have recipe which u can point me to.

My Little Space said...

Hi Anonymous,
Yes, you can use the starter in bread making too. Here's one of the link to the recipe.
Hope you will like it. Enjoy & have fun, dear.

Anonymous said...

Good Day Kisty
I tried out ur steamed manutous but buns turned out hard very fast few hours after steamed. By night they were hard like rock.
I wonder have it got to do with the flour. I used HK flour from starter to main doughs. Ur recipe has combination of pau, superlite and AP flours. So, I am now confused whether failure to make it was due to flour?

Kindly advise. BTW, I let starter dough proof for one hour before keeping it in the fridge and used it the next day. I read somewhere that overnight starter need no proofing but must straightaway be wrapped into plastic bag leaaving no space and kept in the fridge.

Priscilla Poh

My Little Space said...

Hi Priscilla,
If not mistaken your yeast isn't working well during the prooving stage. There's nothing to do with the starter dough. You may try to combine yeast with lukewarm water and leave it aside for 5-10 mins or untill bubbling, before adding in other ingredients. Other than that, do let the bun dough rest for a few more minutes than the normal time allow before steamed. Make sure the buns are all double in size before steamed.

Best of luck!

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