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Homemade Steamed Buns

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These buns are very soft and delicious.You can adapt this bun recipe to your own taste. A kid-friendly recipe, they’re shaped like a porcupine!
For the buns
  Bread flour 250 Gram
  Sugar 6 Gram
  Yeast 5 Gram (Active Dry)
  Salt 1⁄2 Teaspoon (Or To Taste)
  Olive oil 1 Teaspoon
  Water 130 Milliliter
For the filling
  Coconut water/Coconut treacle 50 Milliliter
  Cinnamon 1⁄4 Teaspoon
  Sugar 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Desiccated coconut 100 Gram

Sift the flour. In a mixing bowl combine the flour, sugar, yeast and salt. Mix well about 1 minute. Pour in olive oil and water. Mix well. Now clean your dry working surface and knead by hand about 10 minutes.

Cover the dough and let rise in a warm place for about 30 minutes. After that, punch the dough down and make 15 round lemon-sized balls.

Now take out each ball and roll out with a rolling pin until you get a disk (2 1/2-inch diameter and 1/4-inch thick).

To make the coconut filling, in a thick-bottomed pan, put coconut pani, cinnamon and sugar and bring to a boil (you need it to be around 100ºC degrees so use a thermometer). Then add the pani mixture to the desiccated coconut and mix well. Let cool.

Now place about 1 teaspoon of sweet coconut mixture in the middle of each disk. Roll into a ball. Next shape the dough into a oval shape. Using sharp scissors, snip the top of the dough to form prickles to shape it like a porcupine.

Now put the porcupine on top of oil paper or baking paper. Place porcupine buns in a steamer and steam over a pan of boiling water for about 10 minutes. When the porcupine buns are cooked, remove from the steamer and place on a dish.

After that, you can decorate the porcupine buns with eyes, a mouth and whiskers. I’ve done so in the photo using food coloring for the eyes and mouth and coconut husk for the whiskers.

Serve warm.


Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Preparation Time: 
60 Minutes
Cook Time: 
10 Minutes
Ready In: 
70 Minutes

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Nutrition Rank

Nutrition Facts

Serving size

Calories 110 Calories from Fat 41

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 5 g7.6%

Saturated Fat 3.9 g19.5%

Trans Fat 0 g

Cholesterol 0 mg

Sodium 71 mg3%

Total Carbohydrates 14 g4.8%

Dietary Fiber 1.6 g6.4%

Sugars 1.2 g

Protein 3 g5%

Vitamin A 0.01% Vitamin C 0.31%

Calcium 0.6% Iron 2.2%

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet

Homemade Steamed Buns Recipe