Monday, February 6, 2012

Chocolate Two Tone Steamed Buns


85g warm water
1 1/2tsp instant yeast

250g Hong Kong flour/ pau flour
65g icing sugar
1/2tsp baking powder
30g egg white
15g shortening

1tsp cocoa powder

1. Mix yeast and lukewarm water together, set aside for 10-15mins.
2. Sift flour, icing sugar and baking powder onto a clean surface and make a well in the centre.
3. Pour yeast mixture, egg white and shortening into the centre of the well.
4. Stir in flour and knead with your palm till a smooth and soft dough is formed. (You may need to add some flour if the dough is sticky.)
5. Cover and set aside to rest for 40mins.
6. Place dough on a lightly floured surface and knead for a while.
7. Divide dough into two portions (210g and 238g) .
8. Knead cocoa powder into 210g dough while leaving the other dough plain.
9. Place chocolate dough on floured greased proof paper, flatten dough and roll out dough into long rectangular, trim 4 edges to get straight lines.
10.Flatten plain dough on floured tabletop and roll it into long rectangular, trim 4 edges to get straight lines.
11.Together with the grease proof paper, flip the chocolate dough onto the plain dough and remove grease proof paper.
12.Press lightly and roll it up from the wider side.
13.With a shape knife cut into 10 slices.
14.Place it on a square(6x6cm) grease proof paper.
15.Cover and let it rest for 30mins.
16.Preheat steamer, bring water to a rapid boiling.
17.Arrange buns on steaming rack with some gap in between buns for expansion.
18.Steam buns over medium heat for 10mins.

Note: The dough is very soft and slight sticky. Don't add too much flour during kneading as a result the buns texture will be hard and dry.


Small Small Baker said...

So pretty! I must learn making baos now. 元宵节快乐!

Happy Flour said...


Thanks, looking forward to see your post on baos. So fast, today is the round up for Chinese New Year. Hope you did enjoy your 15 days of Chinese New Year.

Daphne said...

Wow this looks so nice, perfect for breakfast or afternoon tea, can I have some ????

Ann@Anncoo Journal said...

元宵节快乐! Me too! Want to make baos :)

Happy Flour said...

Hi Daphne,

Sure, just stretch your hands longer to grab one.

Happy Flour said...

Hi Anncoo,

I'm looking forward to see your post too. Hehehe...then I have two more baos recipe to bookmark. :)

Honey boy said...

My son loves this steamed buns!! yours look sooo good! I wonder can I replace the shortening for butter??

Happy Flour said...

Both my boys also love this steam buns. I'm not sure whether shortening be replaced with butter however you can replace it with cooking oil (about 2tsp). Maybe you can try it with butter and let me know the outcome.