Friday, December 14, 2018


My husband's friend gave him some palm sugar [gula melaka] from Melaka.  The palm sugar is not very sweet but is soft and easy to chopped into small pieces.
I used them to make these paus.  Fluffy paus with an easy gula melaka filling.  I believe this recipe is good for a novice in pau making. 
[makes 12 paus]
200 gm pau flour
1 tbsp icing sugar
1 tsp instant yeast
1/2 tsp double action baking powder
1/4 tsp white vinegar
1 tbsp golden syrup
100-120 ml water
1/2 tbsp shortening
Ingredients For Filling
50 gm palm sugar/gula melaka - chopped
some diced glazed cherries for decoration

  1. For Skin - combine all ingredients [except shortening] in a mixing bowl.  Gradually add in water/vinegar to mix into a rough dough [may not need to use all the water]. 
  2. Add in shortening, continue to knead until dough is soft and smooth.  Shape into a round ball, leave in bowl, cover to rest for 20 minutes or double in size.
  3. Punch down, roll into a ball, then divide into 10 equal portions or more according to own preference.  Shape each portion into a ball.
  4. Flatten each ball and wrap 1 tsp gula melaka filling, seal the edges well into a pleated or round pau.  Place on a piece of parchment paper in a steaming tray [I used my electric steamer].  Finish making the rest.
  5. Cover and leave to proof for 20-30 minutes or until double in size.
  6. Steaming over high heat for 10-12 minutes.
  7. Off heat, remove to cool on wire rack before storing or serve immediately.

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