Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Super soft sweet dough mantou (steamed bun) 超松软甜馒头

Mantao is not a favourite in my family.  The only time we eat this is when we order chilli crabs in a restaurant.

I guess it is the plain texture and flavour that does not entice us but when I saw Victoria Bake's caption in her blog, I got interested.

Actually this is my second attempt, my first attempt didn't turn out well.  It has harden patches and areas that wasn't affected was so soft.  I had to throw away that batch.

After reviewing some you tubers' attempt, I had a better understanding.  Yes I am a visual person.  

Decided to give this recipe another chance.  

This is also my first time using coconut oil and I was curious to see whether the bun will turn out coconuty.  Luckily it didn't!  Yes, I found a healthier way to feed my family!

Finding: This time, I make sure I knead the dough until it is soft and smooth.  Steam it for a 15 mins instead of 20min.  Unfortunately the colour texture of the mantou is not white nor smooth as those store bought but I have to say, it is indeed fluffy.

Guess this recipe is not meant to be mine. :(

What you need:

250g plain flour
40g caster sugar (can be increased according to personal preference)
2g instant dry yeast
7g corn oil 
i used organic coconut oil
140g water


Dissolve yeast into water and mix well. add in the rest of ingredients and knead till they come together

Knead till you get a soft dough and proceed with first proofing for c. 50 mins or till twice the original size

After proofing, punch dough down and divide into equal portions. shape into ball and place onto baking paper

Pour water (room temperature) into steamer and place dough into steamer. proof for 30 mins or till 1.5x the original size

Turn on fire to high heat and steam mantou for 20 mins

After steaming, turn off fire. do not open the lid immediately. lift the lid up very slightly and keep it ajar for 5 mins before removing steamed mantou. cool buns

* proofing time is for reference only and should be adjusted according to room temperature

If you know what went through for my attempts, please give me a buzz.  So that I can learn from you.  

Thank you!

1 comment:

  1. hey edith, your mantou does look very fluffy indeed! I'm glad you like the coconut oil.. indeed it's the healthy way to go now :)


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