Go on and take a bao!

Bao, breast, bao, breast...hmmm interesting.

You look hungry right now,

Like you need to eat bao.

Bored of scones and apple pie,

Bao so tasty, makes you cry,

Please, just munch them down!

OMG? Did that just happen? Did we just rewrite Rihanna? Have we no shame? Have we far too much time on our hands?

take a bao...well to be honest, I'm not actually offering...there's a recipe coming up so make some yourself

Well, Simon is a sickling and Mykie is terrible at looking after sick people.  He’d be great if sick people wanted to be poked to make sure they’re still alive and who don’t mind carers who run away at the sound of vomiting…where was I going? Oh, yes, that’s why we had time to improve the lyrics for Rihanna…

So, Dou Sha Bao!  A family favourite food!  Simon calls them “towel buns” as he says they are like well, warm fluffy towels…duh.

can we shoehorn in another Rihanna song? S&M? Simon & Mykie?

A bao is a chinese sweet bun and Dou Sha is sweet aduki bean paste…stick with me, I know a bean bun doesn’t sound wonderful but OMG they are the nicest of treats!

Bao Dough

  • 300g plain flour
  • 100g rice flour
  • 20g caster sugar
  • 1 pack of yeast
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp sesame oil
  • 225ml slightly warm liquid whey or half milk and water

    uncooked bao...the temptation to whack it and make the filling shoot everywhere was almost too hard to resist

  1. stir dry ingredients together
  2. slowly mix in liquid and knead until smooth
  3. put back in the bowl, cover in cling film and leave to rise for an hour or until twice as big
  4. knock back the dough and knead again
  5. roll into a sausage and cut into 12 pieces
  6. roll each piece into a ball
  7. flatten each ball, plop in a spoonful of filling
  8. fold up edges, to seal in filling then turn upside down to the nice smooth side
  9. place each on a little square of baking parchment and leave to rice again for 20 mins
  10. steam for 20 mins
  11. munch, munch, munch

    steam my little pretties!

Aduki Bean Paste

  • 1 can of Aduki beans
  • 250g caster sugar
  • 2 tsp cornflour
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract (optional, but I likes the vanilla!)
  1. heat the beans and the sugar until sugar has dissolved and the mixture is bubbling away nicely (it’s like heating baked beans so you can’t fuck it up)
  2. smoosh the beans up with a hand blender (still in the pan)
  3. mix the cornflour with a little milk until smooth
  4. add the cornflour mixture to the pan and bring back to the boil
  5. cook away until the mixture thickens
  6. leave to cool
  7. spoon into buns, or your mouth…this stuff is totally yummy!

cut open and getting cold, I hope you all appreciate the sacrifices we make to photograph things

Really happy with the bao!  So soft and springy! Perfect for a cold Autumn afternoon with a cup of  jasmine tea!

We really wanted to make them with artificial sweetener so we could eat the whole batch and not feel too guilty…but alas, we only had aspartame which gets major random when cooked…boo.

I do love playing with the contrast doodad

I think we’re going to make some chocolate cherry bao next time and shape them into bunny rabbits!  Should I feel bad eating cute fluffy bunnies? Maybe…I’ve been reading Jon Ronson’s: The Psychopath Test and now I’m paranoid!

Have a good week everyone!



Posted on October 9, 2011, in Breads, Desserts and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. TheVanillaDuck

    Oh Nom Nom they look delicious! Call me when you make char siu bao…oh sweet heaven! x

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: