Sunday, December 25, 2011

Flower Steamed Buns/ Sponge Dough Method

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After having so much heavy meal during these holiday season why not having something light such as steamed buns? To make it more festive looks I shaped them into flowers.


Inspired by 阿芳的3杯面粉 cookbook recipe
Ingredients: yields about 45g x 12 pieces
(A) overnight sponge dough
1 cup all-purpose flour
60ml water
½ tsp yeast
1 tsp sugar

(B) Main dough
2 cups all-purpose flour
50g sugar
¼ tsp salt
¼ tsp yeast
100ml water
Few drops of red food colouring

~ Sponge Dough
Mix all till form a dough. Immediately store in greased plastic bag (no proving needed). Make a tight knob without leaving any space for the dough. Store in fridge at least 4 hours. It can be kept up to 7 days. Thaw it for 10-15 minutes at room temperature before use. You can prepare the sponge dough one night before. Tear into small pieces before use.
~ Main dough
1. Put all ingredients (B) together with pieces of sponge dough in kneading bowl. Knead till all ingredients well incorporate and form smooth dough.
2. Add in red colouring into 1/3 (about 180g) of the dough. Cover and rest both plain and red dough for 30 minutes.

3. Transfer onto lightly flour working surface. Start with the plain dough, roll out into rectangle shape (about 30x 15cm). Put aside. Repeat the same for the red dough.
4. Place the red dough on top. Fold 1/3 to the center. Fold the other 1/3 on top. Divide into 2 equal parts.

5. Roll out one of the dough into rectangle (about double its size). Divide into 6 equal strips as shown. These will be 6 flower buns.

6. Shape each strip one at a time. Slight flatten the strip by pressing withe fingers. Cut into 3 equal strips with the top still attach. Braid the strips into plait. Roll (from top of plait) as shown into flower shape.
7. Place each flower on greased paper. Leave to rest for 15-20 minutes.
8. Start steaming from cold water with low-medium heat. Once the water boiled steam further 8 minutes.
9. Once the steaming time is over, off the heat. Leave the buns inside the steamer about 1 minute before open the lid.

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  1. Wow, that seems like a lot of work.
    But they are very pretty :)

  2. The flower shape really give it a very pretty outlook and the colour very festive. Merry Christmas!!

  3. Pretty steamed buns and less burden to our body too. Happy Holidays and Happy New Year.

  4. Pretty soft buns! Happy New Year 2012 to you :)

  5. Vivian, Thanks for your support these buns look lovely. Remember I said, if any entries submitted to the White Christmas Challenge through Quay Po Cooks wins a prize at VGR, they will get an extra prize from me which is my son's band, ROSEVELT's first Album named 17:25? Well, the result is not out yet but to me, whoever have given me the support is a winner in my heart already. May I have your address so that I can courier the CD to you? My email is

  6. I am definitely trying this, it looks yummy. Good job.


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