As Good Friday begins may,
Mercy, Peace and Love be yours in Abundance ~ Jude 1:2
Bunny shaped steamed buns (or Pao in Chinese) to give it an oriental Easter mood. It doesn't look exactly like a bunny since the ears are a bit pointy, unfortunately :(
I have made these soft and fluffy steamed buns quite a few times already with this recipe from Wendy. You can leave them empty but i chose to fill them with some peanut butter that i needed to finish off asap. With medium high heat, you could get some flowy peanut butter in the buns but if it's too high or re-steamed it tends to dry out. If you leave it empty you could even eat it with some savoury dishes.
I substituted shortening with oil this time around and based on the results i think it actually taste better with shortening.
Source : Table for 2 or more... (this is 1/2 the portion which gave me 16 buns of around 40g each)
- 250gm pau flour (cake flour)
- 125gm steamed orange sweet potato
- 50gm sugar
- 1/2 Tbsp double action baking powder
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 20gm shortening, melted (30ml vegetable oil)
- 6gm yeast
- 1/4 tsp sugar
- 75ml water (start with 75ml, it depends on how moist the sweet potatoes are, mine needed 100ml water)
- Proof yeast with 1/4 tsp sugar and water until it froths.
- Mix flour, baking powder, sugar and salt together.
- Knead in steamed sweet potatoes.
- Flour mixture will look crumbly.
- Pour in frothy yeast mixture and combine to form a dough. Knead until dough no longer sticky and turns smooth.
- Add more flour if it's too sticky or more water(by the teaspoon) if it's way too dry, (if unable to gather all the flour into a dough).
- When dough is smooth, knead in melted shortening, until dough no longer feels oily.
- Leave to proof until double, about an hour.
- Punch down and knead for another minute. Divide dough into 40gm pieces, and shape as preferred.
- Leave to proof until shaped bun doubles.
- Steam on high heat for 12-15 minutes. (10 minutes)
- If like me, you are using a machine to knead, skip steps 1-7 but follow through step 6. I used my breadmaker to knead the dough, I put everything in the recommended order, i.e. liquid (water, melted shortening), sugar, salt, followed by flour (sifted and mix with baking powder), mashed sweet potato and lastly yeast.
- To make bunnies, form dough into oval shape. Flatten with a rolling pin then add in 1 tsp of filling if using. Pinch and seal well. Just before putting them to steam, use a pair of kitchen shears to make a cut for the ears. Use a toothpick dipped with some red food gel to make 2 dots for the eyes.