Steam bread, also known as steamed buns or mantou, is a popular staple in many Asian cuisines. This soft and fluffy bread is made by steaming a simple dough mixture, resulting in a light and airy texture. It’s perfect for enjoying on its own or as a side dish to accompany various meals. Follow this easy recipe to make your own homemade steam bread that will surely delight your taste buds.
This steam bread recipe will guide you through the process of making soft and fluffy buns using simple ingredients. The dough is mixed, kneaded, and allowed to rise before being shaped into buns and steamed to perfection. Serve these delightful steam breads with your favorite dishes or enjoy them on their own.
- mixing bowl
- parchment paper
- dough scraper
- measuring cups
- baking powder
- vegetable oil
- sugar and salt
- In a mixing bowl, combine the all-purpose flour, baking powder, sugar, and salt. Mix well to evenly distribute the dry ingredients. Create a well in the center of the dry ingredients and pour in the warm water and vegetable oil.
- Stir the mixture with a spoon or spatula until it starts to come together. Once the dough comes together, transfer it onto a lightly floured surface and knead for about 5 minutes until it becomes smooth and elastic. Add more flour if the dough is too sticky.
- Place the dough back into the mixing bowl and cover it with a clean kitchen towel. Let it rest for 10-15 minutes to allow the gluten to relax.
- After the resting time, divide the dough into small portions and shape each portion into a round or oval bun. You can make them as big or small as you like.
- Prepare your steamer by bringing water to a boil. Line the steamer with parchment paper or steamer liners to prevent the bread from sticking.
- Place the shaped dough buns onto the prepared steamer, leaving some space between them as they will expand during steaming.
- Steam the bread buns for about 12-15 minutes or until they are cooked through and puffed up.
- Once cooked, remove the steam bread from the steamer and let them cool slightly before serving.
For added flavor, you can incorporate fillings such as red bean paste, savory meat, or vegetables into the dough before shaping and steaming. Make sure to place the steam breads in the steamer with enough space in between to allow for expansion during cooking. You can customize the size and shape of the steam breads according to your preference. Leftover steam bread can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for a day or two, or frozen for longer storage. Reheat before serving.
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