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Basic Steamed or Baked Buns
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Total Time: 4 1/2 hours

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Makes: 24 buns

Steamed or baked buns appear in many different Asian cuisines. Here is one version of a basic bun.


  1. 1Yeast Mix:
    Mix all yeast mix ingredients in a large mixing bowl.
    Let stand for 30 minutes.
  2. 2Dough Mix:
    Mix other ingredients except baking powder into the bowl in the following order -
    warm water
    vegetable oil
  3. 3Knead the dough until it is smooth and elastic.
    Lightly oil the entire surface and let stand until triple in size (2 1/2 to 3 hours).
    Turn dough out on a floured board and punch down.
    Sprinkle baking powder evenly on surface, then knead for about 5 minutes.
    Divide dough into 2 parts.
    Place one piece into bowl and cover.
    Divide the first section into 12 parts.
    At this point you may add any desired filling or continue with unfilled buns.
  4. 4[To add filling -
    Flatten each section in the palm of your hand.
    Place one tablespoon of filling in the center and form dough into a ball around the filling.]
    Lightly roll each part into a ball.
    Put each ball on a wax or parchment paper square.
    Cover and let stand until doubled (about 30 minutes).
    Repeat with the rest of the dough.
  5. 5Steaming
    Place water in a steamer and bring to a rapid boil.
    Reduce heat to medium.
    Place a single layer of dough balls (with wax/parchment squares) into steamer tray about 1 inch apart.
    Cover and steam for roughly 15 minutes.
    Remove cover before turning off heat and transfer buns to a serving plate/tray.
    Repeat until all buns are cooked.
    Serve warm.
  6. 6Baked
    Preheat oven to 350º.
    Place buns on a lightly oiled baking pan.
    Bake at 350º for 15 to 18 minutes (until golden brown).
    Serve warm.

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