Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Lotus Paste Pao




This is my first attempt on making steamed pao. Although the texture of the pao is not as fluffy as those we bought from the stall but I'm happy with my first attempt. The pao smell nice and it is soft while its hot. Hehehe...once it was out from the steamer, I quickly grabbed one and shared it with my hubby. I'm so happy to have his good compliment. :D

Recipe

Ingredients (yield 18buns)
125ml lukewarm water
5g instant yeast
300g pao flour/Hong Kong flour
55g castor sugar
5g baking powder
10g shortening

Filling
360g lotus paste (divide into 18 portions of 20g each)

Steps:
1. Mix yeast and lukewarm water together.
2. Add in 2tbsp of pao flour and 1tsp of sugar from the above main ingredients.
3. Stir until well combined, cover and set aside to rest for 2 hours (Yeast dough).
4. Sift flour and baking powder onto a clean surface and make a well in the centre.
5. Pour the yeast dough from step no.3 into the centre of the well.
6. Mix all the ingredients with yeast dough until sugar dissolved.
7. Stir in the flour and knead to form a smooth and elastic dough. (You may need to add some water if the dough is dry or add some flour if the dough is wet.)
8. Cover and set aside to rest for 20mins.
9. Place dough on a lightly floured surface and knead for a while.
10.Roll dough into a long circular shape and divide it into 30g each.
11.Flatten the dough and wrap in the filling.
12.Mould the bun into round shape and place it on a square(6x6cm) grease proof paper.
13.Cover and let it prove for 45mins.
14.Arrange buns on a steaming rack with some gap in between buns for expansion.
15.Steam buns in a preheated steamer for 10mins.

Note: Instead of hand knead I used my cake mixer to do the job. I pour everything into the mixer (using dough hook) and knead the dough until its surface is smooth and elastic. Then cover it and rest for 20mins.

10 comments:

Anncoo said...

I have not make pao for a long time. Looks so good to eat. Thanks for reminding.

Alessandra said...

Compliments for this post, and for your blog! I will be back!!!

ciao
Alessandra

Alessandra said...

Compliments for this post, and for your blog! I will be back!!!

ciao
Alessandra

Happy Flour said...

Hi Anncoo and Alessandra,

Thanks, happy baking. :)

Honey boy said...

Awh... what a pretty buns there. I love Bao too. But never had the nerve to make one.
Was told it's not easy to prepare te dough....
Very nice! Thanks for sharing!

Juliana said...

Oh! I love lotus paste specially in the pao..yours look delicious...nice pictures!

Happy Flour said...

Hi Juliana,

Thanks for your nice words. :)

Happy Flour said...

Hi Honey boy,

Thanks, I also don't have the nerve to make one before. Because of my boys then I give it a try. They thought that their mum is a 'supper cum magic woman', I can bake or cook anything and everything. I did some reading before my attempt on pao. You can give it a try, it just like making bread. There are some recipes from other blogs which require shorter time of preparation.

Honey boy said...

Thanks Happy Flour, since you said it's similar to making bread..... my son will be very happy to hv pao at home. dont'have to wait till i go Tiong BAhru market then buy him his pao!! haha...

Tebonin said...

Be honest I always buy Lotus Paste Pao in Asian market...by bf and I love it.
Thank you for your recipe. I may try to make it buy myself.