Basic Steamed Buns

Mantou, is a steamed bun served in many asian countries as a part of breakfast. 


Ingredients: makes 18 mini buns
500g (3 cups) all purpose flour
10g (1 tbsp.) sugar
2g (1/2 tsp) salt
3g (3/4 tsp.) baking powder
8g (2 tsp.) active dry yeast
240g (1 cup) warm water

Method:
  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, sugar, salt, and baking powder. Mix.
  2. Stir the yeast into ¼ cup water and let it stand for 5 minutes.
  3. Add the yeast mixture into the flour mixture. Add in the remaining ¾ cup of warm water. Mix into a ball.
  4. Transfer onto a floured tabletop and begin kneading. Knead until the dough issmooth, elastic and not sticky. About 5-10 minutes. (Add flour 1 tbsp. at a time if necessary.)
  5. Place the kneaded dough in a clean large bowl, and cover loosely with a plastic wrap (oiled so the dough won’t stick.) Then place a wet towel on top.
  6. Let the dough rise for 1 hour until doubled in size.
  7. Take the dough out and squeeze out the air bubbles. Knead a bit, then take a knife and cut the dough in half. Put one half back in the rising container and cover.
  8. Knead the half into a very smooth ball. Roll into a thin rectangle. Then roll it up into a cylinder. Sprinkle with some flour, and roll it some more. Cut into 7-10 equal sized pieces. Gently shape each piece into a mantou.
  9. Place in steamer and cover with lid. Let it rise for 20 minutes.
  10.  Repeat with the other half of dough.
  11. Fill the steaming pot with 4 cups of water. Bring the water into a boil, then steam for 18 minutes. Or 25 minutes in total. Leave the cover on for 3 minutes. Then slowly lift the cover. Serve steaming :D

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