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Friday, April 21, 2017


Just trying to cut down the use of refined white sugar and switching to using jaggery sugar in my cooking and baking.  This is the first attempt using gula merah to make steamed baos.  
The pau dough is pliable, easy to handle and pleat.  It is a good pau skin dough which can be used to wrap any sweet pau filling of your choice.
These paus turned out well with a natural sugar colour.  The pau texture is good - soft, moist and fluffy.  It can be eaten plain but here I used the AKK mungbean paste as filling which is less sweet.  I have also tried using jaggery sugar for the mungbean paste and the sweetness is just nice for me and should be alright for my mum who is a diabetic.  Hope she can enjoy these paus without 'control'.

[makes 20-24 paus]
500 gm pau flour
1/2 tbsp double action baking powder
1/2 tbsp instant yeast
1/2 tsp salt
100 gm jaggery sugar [gula merah]
250 - 280 ml water
1 tbsp vegetable shortening
  1. Bring water and sugar to boil in a sauce pan until sugar dissolve. Strain and set aside to cool.
  2. In a mixing bowl, add in all the ingredients except shortening.  Gradually, add in cooled syrup and knead until dough is soft, add in shortening.  If dough is too dry, add a little plain water.
  3. Continue to knead until soft, smooth and pliable.  Dust hands with flour, shape dough into a round ball.  Cover and leave in mixing bowl to rest for 20 minutes.
  4. Punch down dough to release the trapped air.  Divide into 20-24 equal portions and shape into round balls.
  5. Flatten each ball into circle to wrap any sweet or savoury pau filling of your choice.  Pleat into pau shape and place on parchment paper or flatten paper cases.
  6. Place paus in a steaming tray, cover to proof for 30 - 40 minutes.
  7. Bring water to boil in a steamer, steam paus over high heat for 12 minutes.  Off heat.
  8. Remove paus to cool on rack or serve immediately.


Phong Hong said...

Kimmy, your paus are always excellent. They look so fluffy. The last time I checked, my pau flour expired >.< This is terrible LOL!

Veronica Ng said...

Does the sugar gives the paus some colour? What pau flour did you use?

Kimmy said...

Thanks Phong Hong, I have tried this pau recipe several times [but didn't share it yet] and it was good all the time. Wait till I used the specific fillings and I'll share the whole recipe.

Kimmy said...

Hi Veronica, yes. the colour is from the sugar. If this pau is without filling, I suggest to increase the amount of sugar for taste and colour. I'm using the pau wheat flour from a Malaysian Flour Mill under this brand name 'Baker's Choice' and is reasonably priced. You can get this at local Tesco Stores or Giant Hypermarkets.

Linda said...

Hi Kimmy ,
May I know if I can substitute shortening with oil? TIA


Kimmy said...

Hi Linda, yes you can. Most important is the dough must be kneaded until smooth, soft and pliable.

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