Ingredients for Pau Dough
[makes 16 paus]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
1-2 tbsp some toasted black sesame seeds
- 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 [very important step].
- 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 [the number depends on the capacity of your steamer, for mine I made 8 at a time].
- 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.
- Steam over high heat for 10 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].
This yam paste is very easy to prepare yet tastes good. Not too sweet and no oil is added to the paste. The original recipe uses 250 gm yam with 130 gm sugar, 3 tbsp coconut milk. This quantity is only enough for making 12 paus.
[enough for 16 paus]
300 gm yam - cut small pieces
80 gm sugar
1 tbsp milk powder
4 tbsp coconut milk
2 tbsp toasted sesame seeds - optional
- Steam yam pieces for about 25-30 minutes or until soft. Mash while still hot and mix with the rest of the ingredients.
- Fry over low heat in a non stick pan until a paste is formed [the paste is ready if it leaves the pan clean]. Add in toasted sesame seeds. Mix well.
- Dish out to cool and keep refrigerated until required.