Again my sure nice steamed soft paus, this time with an easily available filling 'Red Bean Paste'. With such lovely pau dough recipe you wouldn't mind making your own at home. Nowadays, my family has been enjoying steaming hot lovely paus cos' I'm using this dough recipe with just a change of fillings. With my 2-tier electric steamer, it is not difficult at all to make them.
[makes 16 pieces]
350 gm pau flour sifted together with 1 tsp double action baking powder
Mix together - 200 ml lukewarm water, 40 gm caster sugar and 1/4 tsp vinegar
1 tsp instant yeast
1 tbsp shorteningUsing a Dough Mixer or Hand Knead
- Combine all the ingredients [except shortening] in a mixing bowl. Knead until soft [about 5-10 minutes]. Then add in the shortening, continue to knead until soft, smooth and elastic.
- Shape into a ball and cover to rest for about 20-30 minutes or until double in size.
- Punch down dough and remove dough to a floured surface, divide into 2 round balls. Then divide each ball into 8 equal portions. Shape each into a ball, then roll into flat circle.
- Wrap filling with each flatten dough. Gather the edges and shape into pleated paus or round balls. Place on parchment or greased proof paper in the steaming tray.
- Leave to prove for 15 - 20 minutes or until double in size.
- Steam over high heat for 10-12 minutes in a steamer. Off heat and leave paus for a further 3 minutes before uncovering to cool on rack. This is to prevent wrinkle, rough skin [sometimes they may be a little wrinkle - probably because of proofing time but the texture is unaffected].