In my first ever attempt in making steamed buns, I think I did pretty good. I love steamed buns. The Philippines has their own version call Siopao. It has a meat filling. I wanted to make them like little half moon shaped pieces. The recipe I used I had adapted by pan de sal recipe. I had searched on the interweb and many of them are similar to making regular baked bread, but instead they are steamed. I sandwiched mine with some honey-baked ham that I had gotten from the Honey Baked Ham shop and some cheese from the Queso de Bola.
The Queso de Bola for your viewing pleasure!
That thing is larger 1/3 larger than a softball. Maybe even more. Cheesy goodness. I think it originate from the Netherlands with the variety of cheese called edam, which it was named for from a town in Holland. Tastes very much like cheddar. Anyway, I've got some ideas on what I can stuff with steamed buns. What i can use as stuffing for them dumpling sized. I tried one with chocolate. I wrapped a piece of Hershey's Symphony with toffee and almond into a ball and steamed it. Sooooooo good. I was just testing that first one. But I'll definitely be making more steamed buns in the near future so stay tuned for that.
4 c All-Purpose Flour or bread flour
1 package of active dry yeast
6 Tbsp olive oil (plus extra for dusting and rolling)
2 c lukewarm water (120˚F-130˚F)
6 Tbsp sugar
1 tsp salt
1 1/4 tsp baking powder
Combine the yeast and water in a small bowl. Add a teaspoon of sugar and stir once. Let it sit for 5 min.
Combine the flour, remaining sugar, olive oil and salt in a large bowl and add the yeast. Mix it all together until it form into a dough blob.
Remove from the bowl and on a well-floured flat surface, knead the dough for a good 8 min until it feels elastic.
Lightly oil another bowl, place the dough in it and cover with plastic wrap and a towel and place away from light. Roughly 1 1/2 to 2 hrs or until the dough doubles in size.
Lightly grease a baking sheet with olive oil or spray and sprinkle some breadcrumbs over them.
When the dough has doubled, punch down the dough to let the gases out and knead it again for a couple of minutes
Cut into 4 oz or 2 oz sized balls. (10 or 20)
Once all the dough balls are on the baking sheet, cover them again with plastic wrap and let it rest for about 1 hour or until double in size again.
Prepare your steamer.
Steam ball for 10 - 15 mins. Let it cool before serving
For make the folded steamed buns: roll out rough into the desired width and lightly floured. using a chop 1/8-inch stick make an indent and fold. Place the dough onto pieces of wax paper.