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How To Make Bao Buns

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If you've ever wondered what's in these bad boys, well, nothing bad at all really – only a tiny bit of sugar! These homemade bao buns are fluffy, light and easier than you think to make. You can even make them up to a day ahead and then steam them before serving. So good!

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HOW TO MAKE BAO BUNS

PREP TIME

10 minutes
COOK TIME

45 minutes + 2 hours proving
SERVES

Makes about 14
Ingredients

360g (12.6oz) plain (all-purpose) flour, plus extra for dusting

20g (0.7oz) skim-milk powder

4g (0.14oz) baking powder

5g (0.17oz) instant dry yeast

35g (1.23oz) white sugar

35g (1.23oz) vegetable oil, plus extra for greasing the dough

200g (7.05oz) warm water

14 squares of baking paper (about 10x10cm/4x4inches)

Steps
Step 1

Place flour, milk powder, baking powder, yeast and sugar in a large bowl. In a separate bowl mix the vegetable oil and water. Make a well in the dry ingredients and pour in the liquids. Stir with a spoon and then use your hands to knead until the dough comes together. Empty out onto a work surface and knead for 5 minutes or until smooth, adding extra flour a tablespoon at a time if the dough sticks to the palm of your hand. Return the dough to the mixing bowl, cover and rest in a warm place for 90 minutes or until doubled in size.

Step 2

Once risen, transfer the dough to a work surface and dust with flour. ‘Punch down’ the dough by kneading it for 5 to 10 minutes. The aim here is to remove as many air bubbles as possible. Use a rolling pin to roll the dough out to 1cm thick. Dip your fingers in vegetable oil and lightly spread the oil over the surface of the dough. Then use an 8cm diameter pastry cutter (or a plastic cup of the same diameter) to cut out rounds. Remove the excess dough. Fold rounds in half and flatten slightly with the rolling pin. Place on a square of baking paper and place directly into a large bamboo steamer or onto a tray. Repeat with remaining dough (excess dough can be re-rolled and used). Cover the folded rounds and set aside to prove for 30 minutes.

Step 3

Fill a wok one-third full with water and place over high heat. When the water is boiling, place the bamboo steamer over the wok and steam buns for 12 minutes. Then turn off the heat (don’t lift the lid) and allow the buns to rest over the hot water for 5 minutes. Buns can be made up to a day in advance and steamed to re-heat before serving.

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Annette
September 5, 2022

Better than the supermarket

Seriously the best buns ever, i make a double batch then freeze. And defrost before reheating and they are just like they are fresh. Everyone is super jealous of my lunch at work, heat some chicken, add some vege and dressing and lunch done. No more boring sammies for me at lunch.

Munashe
August 30, 2022

So easy to follow good recipe

Thanks for this recipe it was so easy to follow and got good results

Donna
August 22, 2022

Boa buns

I make these all the time. They are a family favorite.

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