Are Bao Buns supposed to be sweet? Store-bought Bao Buns are too sweet for me. I made less sweet Bao Buns based on my dough for Nikuman (Steamed Pork Buns). Add 1 to 2 tablespoons Sugar. 2 tablespoons is quite a lot, but still much less sweet than store-bought ones. If you bake Bread regularly, these Bao Buns are quite easy to make for you.
1 cup (250ml) Self-Raising Flour
1/2 cup Bread Flour
1 pinch Salt
1 teaspoon Dry Yeast
1 tablespoon Sugar *add extra 1 tablespoon if you want sweeter
1/2 cup Warm Water
1 tablespoon Oil of your choice *plus extra to brush
1 teaspoon Rice Vinegar
- Place Warm Water, Dry Yeast and Sugar in a bowl, mix gently and set aside.
- Place Self Raising Flour, Bread Flour and Salt in a large bowl, and mix to combine. Make a well in the centre and pour in the yeast mixture, Oil and Rice Vinegar. Mix well to form a soft dough. Allow to rest for 1 hour.
- Divide the dough into 8 portions. Roll each portion into 5mm thin oblong. Brush Oil over the top side, and fold in half. *Note: You may wish to brush Sesame Oil for extra flavour.
- Place each bun on a piece of baking paper (size 10 x 10cm). Allow to rest for 30 to 60 minutes or until doubled in size.
- Pour water into a steamer and bring to the boil over high heat. Place buns into steamer, cover with lid and cook for 10 minutes. Repeat with remaining buns.
- Serve while they’re still warm with your favourite fillings. Today I filled with Lettuce and stir-fried Prawns, Tomato and Egg. Any flavours will go well with these buns.