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Steamed Whole Wheat Chinese Buns

whole wheat buns in steamer

whole wheat buns in steamer

Sometimes it can be a challenge to get light and airy buns when baking with whole extraction whole wheat flour – but steaming makes it a breeze.  These buns are the perfect thing to stuff with slow cooked pulled pork or other meat filling.  Give them a try and you’ll be sure to add them to your baking repertoire on a regular basis.

Try to get the freshest whole wheat flour you can manage.  Home ground is best but otherwise look for a supplier that can ensure the flour hasn’t been sitting around for a while.  But, if you can pull off this recipe (and you can) you can build your own grain mill using these instructions.


Steamed Whole Wheat Chinese Buns
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Servings Prep Time
12 buns 4 hours
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
12 buns 4 hours
Cook Time
20 minutes
Steamed Whole Wheat Chinese Buns
Print Recipe
Servings Prep Time
12 buns 4 hours
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
12 buns 4 hours
Cook Time
20 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: buns
Instructions
  1. Mix wet and dry ingredients separately and then combine and incorporate.
  2. Kneed the dough for about 15 minutes until smooth
  3. Cover and allow to rise until doubled in bulk - roughly two hours but varies with temperature
  4. Kneed for about 5 minutes, then roll into a log about 1.5 inched in diameter.
  5. Cut into about 12 even pieces. Roll each one into a ball, then use a rolling pin to roll out into a disk about 3/8" thick.
  6. Brush vegetable oil on the top of each dough disk, then gently fold in half. Make sure you don't press the top into the bottom - you want to keep them separate.
  7. Place on a silicon sheet or other non stick surface and cover with a tea towel until doubled in bulk - roughly one hour.
  8. Place water in the bottom of your wok and bring to a boil.
  9. Gently place the buns in your bamboo steamer trays and place the steamer over the boiling water in the wok.
  10. Steam for roughly 15 to 20 minutes until the buns are no longer doughy.
  11. Re;move from the steamer and serve or cool on a wire rack.
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