Chinese Red Bean Bao Recipe

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Another sweet and mouth watering Chinese Red Bean Bao Recipe for New Chinese Year


For the dough: 
  • 500g plain flour, plus a little extra for dusting 
  • 1 sachet (7g) of fast-action yeast
  • 2 tbsp groundnut oil
  • 2 tbsp caster sugar
  • 300ml warm water
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
For the Bao filling: 
  • 1/2 jar red bean paste
For the garnish: 
  • 16 goji berries

Cooking Directions: 
  1. Put all the ingredients for the buns apart from the water and sesame oil into a bowl and roughly combine.
  2. Pour half the warm water into the dry ingredients and stir. Pour in the remaining water and mix well.
  3. Dust a clean surface with a little of the extra flour, and tip the dough onto it. knead with your hands for five minutes.
  4. Once kneaded , if possible try to shape your dough into a rough 'bun'. 
  5. Rub the inside of a large bowl with the sesame oil. Put in your dough, cover with cling film or a clean tea towel, place in a warm place and leave to prove until the dough has at least doubled in size.
  6. This normally takes a minimum of 90 minutes.
  7. Tip the dough onto a floured surface and knead again to knock out the air.
  8. Take a golf-ball sized piece of dough and flatten with the palm of your hand.
  9. Spoon at least one and a half teaspoons of the red bean paste into the middle of the flattened pastry.
  10. Carefully pull up the edges of the dough to encase the filling in a ball shape, and then smooth the edges and place on a floured tray. 
  11. Repeat the process with the remaining dough and filling, then cover the buns with a damp tea towel and leave to rise for another 15 minutes.
  12. Once raised, place each one on a small disc of baking parchment with the join underneath.
  13. Top each bun with two goji berries.
  14. Place in a steamer and cook for 12-15 minutes.
  15. Once cooked serve immediately and there you have it your very own Chinese Red Bean Bao!

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