Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Chinese Steamed Buns - Mantou - 饅頭#BreadBakers

For this month’s Bread baker’s   of suggested steamed buns… I choose to make these chinese steamed buns without filling.





 Steam cooking is a common practice in southern part of India. Most of our breakfasts were steam cooked. Steam cooking is considered to be healthiest cooking methods.

Chinese Steamed Buns are known in china as mantou.
  Chinese steamed buns are best when freshly steamed. These buns can be prepared and freeze for later use.

 These are the common breakfast buns served in Northern part of china.




In the north and west china these are served with crispy Sichuan duck or Tea- smoked Duck.

Requirements :

Flour – 2 ½ cup
Instant yeast – 1 ½ tbs
Sugar – 2 tbs
Salt – 1 tbs
Warm water – 1 ¼  cup
Groundnut oil / vegetable oil – 2 tbs

Method :

Mix together flour , salt , sugar and instant yeast.
Add the warm water and make the dough.

Knead the dough well till it becomes smooth and soft.
add a spoon of oil and knead again for five minutes. Place the dough in a bowl and cover it.
Let the dough rest for an hour or more till it doubles.
Take the dough out and sprinkle some flour on the counter and knead once. 
Roll the dough into a log of 1.5 Inch in diameter.
Using a sharp knife cut out the ends , i used these too to  make buns.
Cut the remaining log into equal parts - these has the characteristic Mantou shape. 

I used steel steamer for steaming the buns. You can use Bamboo steamer as in chinese cuisine or a wok or kadai or deep pan .

Place the shaped buns on the plate which is to be used in the steamer. Brush little oil on the plate before placing the buns. 

Let it rest for another 10 to 15 minutes , by this time the buns will be fluffy.

Add water to the steamer and boil in high flame for about five minutes . Place the plate with the buns on the steamer and cook for 10 minutes. 

Switch off flame and let the buns cool for five minutes .

Mantou are ready to be served .
Serve the steamed buns plain or with a spicy curry .

These buns tasted same as Dinner rolls but there is no brown colour of the buns as in baked one.......



  • African Steamed Mealie Bread from The Schizo Chef
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    Tuesday, July 11, 2017

    Braided Bread / Challah with Candied Papaya Chunks - Eggless #BreadBakers


          For this month’s Bread Baker’s , The theme chosen by Gayathri of Gayathri’s cookspot was Braided Bread.

      I chose to make this five strand Braided bread with candied Papaya chunks . I used the candied papaya chunks to make it more colourful.



     Candied Papaya chunks is known in our country as Tutti –Frutti , I like munching it. It is used in breads , cakes and cookies. It can be homemade or store bought.

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     Challah is one type of braided bread. Challah is a Braided , celebratory , Jewish  bread. Jews makes challah every Friday and for celebrations. It was the main bread for Sabbath Dinner.

    Requirements :

    All purpose Flour – 4 cup
    Active dry Yeast – 2 ½ tbs
    Sugar – 4 tbs
    Salt – 1 tsp
    Butter – 2 tbs
    Luke warm milk – ½ cup
    Luke warm Water – 1 ½ cup
    Candied Papaya Chunks ( Tutti Frutti )  – 1 cup

    Method :

    In a large bowl mix together the flour , yeast , sugar and salt.

    Add the warm milk and water , mix well.

    Transfer to the counter and knead for 15 minutes or till the dough becomes soft.

    Add the butter and tutti - frutti and knead again for five minutes.

    Place the dough in a oiled bowl and cover with cling wrap . Let it double in volume.

    Divide the dough into five equal parts to make five strand braid.

    Roll each part into strands of equal length.

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    Connect the five strands at one end and spreading the other ends.  From left number the strands 1, 2, 3, 4 ,5 . Then place strands 1 over 3, 2 over 3 and 5 over 2. Repeat until the ends of the strands , then pinch the tips together to seal.

    Transfer the braided bread to baking tray and brush with melted butter. I spread few Tutti frutti on top. 

    Let the bread for second rise for about 30 minutes.

    Bake in a preheated oven for 40 minutes @ 180*C.

    Let the bread cool and slice.

    Braided Bread with Candied Papaya Chunks is ready to serve.



    This month's Bread Baker's theme is Braided Breads and is hosted by Gayathri Kumar of Gayathri's Cook Spot



    Here is the collection of all the beautiful braided breads from our team.

    • Almond Braided Brioche by Palatable Pastime
    • Artisan Herb Bread Braid by Cindy's Recipes and Writings
    • Basic Challah Bread by Cook's Hideout  
    • Braided Garlic Bread by Sizzling Tastebuds  
    • Braided Rum & Raisin Buns by All That's Left Are The Crumbs
    • Challah Bread by Mayuri's Jikoni
    • Cherry Cheese Braid by A Day in the Life on the Farm
    • Chicken Cheese Braided Bread by Sneha’s Recipe
    • Nutella Braided Bread by Veena’s Vegnation  
    • Olive Oil Challah by A Shaggy Dough Story  
    • Orange Saffron Braided Brioche by Food Lust People Love
    • Scali Bread by Karen's Kitchen Stories  
    • Spice and Herb French Braid by The Schizo Chef
    • Sweet Braid Stuffed with Cream Cheese by Basic N Delicious  
    • Two-Seed Potato Challah by What Smells So Good?
    • Whole Wheat Challah Bread by Spill the Spices  
    • Whole Wheat Pizza Braid by Herbivore Cucina  
    • Whole Wheat Zopf Bread by I camp in my Kitchen  
    • Winston Knot Bread by Gayathri's Cook Spot  
    • Zucchini Yeast Bread by Baking Sense  


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