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Bao Buns

Yields8 ServingsPrep Time3 hrsCook Time15 minsTotal Time3 hrs 15 mins

Bao Buns

 2 ½ cups bao flouror plain/all purpose flour
 2 tsp instant yeast
 2 tsp sugaroptional
 1 tsp fine sea salt
 1 cup Warm water
 1 ½ tbsp vegetable oil
Kitchen Items
 1 Mixing bowl
 1 Wooden spoon
 1 Kitchen towel
 1 Greaseproof/baking paper
 1 Bamboo steamer
 23 pinches Flourfor dusting the work surface
 1 Rolling pin
 1 SaucepanNarrower than the bamboo steamer

In a mixing bowl, combine the flour, instant yeast, sugar, and salt with a wooden spoon.


Add ½ cup (120ml) of the warm water and 1½ tbsp of oil. Once combined roughly, continue with your hands. Add additional warm water very gradually, tablespoon by tablespoon (usually it needs another 2-3 tbsp of water - it needs to be not too dry and not too sticky).


Hand knead the dough for 10 mins until smooth and elasticy. Form it into a ball and rub a small amount of oil on the dough’s surface to prevent it from drying. Place in a clean bowl covered with a kitchen towel and put it somewhere warm for 1-2 hrs or until it doubles in size.


Line the bamboo steamer: Cut two circles of greaseproof/baking paper to line each tier of the steamer. Prick lots of small holes in the paper to allow steam through.


Once the dough is ready, on a lightly floured surface use your fingertips to press out the air. Divide the dough into 8 equal pieces and roll into balls. Lightly flour the surface again and leave the balls covered with a kitchen towel for 30 mins.


With a rolling pin, roll the balls out into ½ cm thick oval shapes. Fold each in half and put a small square of greaseproof/baking paper between the two halves to stop them sticking.


Place the folded buns in the steamer for another 30 mins to prove further.


Half fill the saucepan with water and place the steamer (with the buns inside) on top. On a medium-high heat let the water come to a simmer. Don’t open the steamer or you will ruin the buns!


When the water is fiercely simmering, continue to steam for 10 mins then take the saucepan and steamer off the heat and leave the buns for another 5 mins.


Remove the lid and take the buns out gently.

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 1 bun

Servings 0