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Basic Steamed Bao Buns

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Making your own steamed bao at home has never been easier! Fill these soft pillowy buns with grilled or braised meat, thinly sliced vegetables, fresh herbs and spicy condiments for the perfect homemade Chinese food.
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Ingredients

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Servings:
12
Serves 12
4 1/2 cups
1 pinch
1 1/2 Tbsp
1/2 tsp
3 Tbsp
1 Tbsp
Sunflower Oil
1 Tbsp
Rice Vinegar
3/4 cup
Water
1 Tbsp
Warm  Water
1 tsp
Baking Powder
to taste
Sunflower Oil
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Nutrition Per Serving

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CALORIES
178
FAT
1.7 g
PROTEIN
4.8 g
CARBS
35.1 g

Cooking Instructions

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Step 1
Combine the All-Purpose Flour (4 1/2 cups) , Salt (1/2 tsp) and Caster Sugar (1 1/2 Tbsp) in the bowl of a stand mixer with the dough hook attached.
Step 2
Dissolve the Instant Dry Yeast (1 tsp) , Caster Sugar (1 pinch) and Water (1 Tbsp) in a bowl.
Step 3
Add the yeast mixture to the flour mixture, along with the Milk (3 Tbsp) , Sunflower Oil (1 Tbsp) , Rice Vinegar (1 Tbsp) and Water (3/4 cup) .
Step 4
Knead for around 10 minutes, until the dough is smooth.
Step 5
Place the dough in an oiled glass bowl, cover with a clean damp tea towel and place in a warm spot to prove for around 2 hours.
Step 6
The dough should have doubled in size.
Step 7
Place the dough back in the bowl of a stand mixer and add the Baking Powder (1 tsp) and knead into the dough for 5 minutes.
Step 8
Roll out the dough into a long sausage, around 3cm thick.
Step 9
Cut into pieces about 3cm wide. You should get around 16 to 18 pieces.
Step 10
Roll each piece of dough into smooth balls and leave to rest for 2-3 minutes.
Step 11
Use a rolling pin to roll out each ball, into an oval shape about 3-4mm thick.
Step 12
Brush the surface of the dough ovals with a little bit Sunflower Oil (to taste) .
Step 13
Rub a chopstick with more sunflower oil and place in the centre of the dough.
Step 14
Fold the dough over the chopstick.
Step 15
Then slowly pull the chopstick out and place each bun on a lined baking tray covered with a clean tea towel. Allow to prove in a warm place for 1 hour and 30 minutes, or until they've doubled in size.
Step 16
Heat a large steamer over a medium-high heat. Steam the buns for 8 mins until puffed up. Depending on the size of your steamer, you might have to do this in batches.
Step 17
Serve and enjoy!
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Nutrition Per Serving
Calories
178
% Daily Value*
Fat
1.7 g
2%
Saturated Fat
0.2 g
1%
Trans Fat
0.0 g
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Cholesterol
0.4 mg
0%
Carbohydrates
35.1 g
13%
Fiber
1.2 g
4%
Sugars
1.8 g
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Protein
4.8 g
10%
Sodium
138.6 mg
6%
Vitamin D
--
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Calcium
25.0 mg
2%
Iron
2.0 mg
11%
Potassium
49.1 mg
1%
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