Purple Sweet Potato Steamed Bao


Made these steamed buns for Baby Ian and myself when he was asleep. Wanted to shape them into flowers but the boy woke up from his nap unexpectedly. -_-


Recipe  (adapted from 中式麵食 by 孟老師)


purple sweet potato 280g
unsalted butter 25g
sugar 40g

Steam sweet potato and blend them in food processor. (I used fork to mash them)

Melt the unsalted butter in a sauce pot. Add in sweet potato paste and sugar. Stir to combine. Divide into balls of 8, 30g each. Set aside in the fridge.


Steamed Bun

lukewarm water 220g
instant yeast 4g
sugar 40g
medium protein flour  400g
veg oil 10g
purple sweet potato  75g

Dissolve yeast in warm water in a bowl for 5mins. Into the same bowl, pour everything except purple sweet potato. Knead into a smooth surface dough. Take out 400g of the dough and mix with the sweet potato paste. This will become the purple dough. Divide the remaining white dough into 8 pcs of round balls, wrap around the fillings.

Roll out the sweet potato dough into 11cm and divide into 8pcs. Wrap around the 8pcs of white dough + fillings. Cut a cross on the top and proof for 30mins in a warm place. Steam 18-20mins.

Note: I Omitted the white dough because I have no time to shape them into flowers. Actually I used around 300g flour. Bao will turn slightly bigger when after steamed.


I’m joining Best Recipes for Everyone October 2014 Event Theme: Bun in My Hot Steamer hosted by Fion of XuanHom’s Mom


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