Saturday, October 22, 2011

Steamed Peach Buns 寿桃 II

Recently, I just started college!!  It's definitely a new, exciting experience to go through.  College is somewhere that people have to become more independent.  The teachers now don't remind you to do your homework and things like that.  They now expect you to do everything and if you don't do it, a bad result on a test is what you get.  So after starting school back in September 22, I was "busy" with other things like getting used to college, dorm life, and making friends.  School isn't that hard, at least not as hard as I expected.  I'm enjoying school life I guess.  I'm dorming and I have two other roommates.  We get along really well. :)  I'm have lots of fun with them; they always make me laugh.  Also, my hall activities are pretty fun too.  Since I'm in an all-girls hall, the only all-girls hall in my school, my whole hall is pretty close.  We even had a hair and nail polish night where we just had fun.  Oh!  I also got a new job, at the Student Center.  Yesterday was the first day I worked and it was pretty interesting.  I think I like my new job. :D  Anyway, that's basically what has been happening recently, just wanted to keep my readers updated.  Now....on to the recipe. This is the one that is a continuation from my red bean paste post.

On September 9, I decided to make steamed peach buns, aka 寿桃, again because it was going to be my boss' and grandma's birthday.  Last time I made them, I messed up because it was too cold, so I didn't let the buns rise for a sufficient amount of time.  However, this time they were successful!  Both recipes are for sure very reliable.  Feel free to try both of them out.

Steamed Peach Buns 寿桃 II
Recipe from Vivian Pang's Kitchen.
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Ingredients
2 cups all purpose flour
1 cup cake flour
1 tsp active dry yeast
2 tsp baking powder
3 tbsp sugar (I used regular instead of castor)
1 cup water, lukewarm

1 tbsp oil
red bean paste
3 drops of red food coloring with a few drops of water


Mix together the flour, cake flour, yeast, baking powder, sugar, and water.
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Then add the oil.
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Cover with saran wrap.
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Let it rise for around 10 minutes or so.
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Divide the dough into portions.  Then let it rest for 5 minutes for easy molding.
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Wrap each portion with a scoop of red bean paste or whatever filling you prefer.  Let it rise for another 15 minutes.

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Then make a indent on the peach bun with a spoon and then spray with red food coloring.
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If you want, make some bunnies. :D  Cut two ears on top of the head and dot the eyes and nose with red food coloring.
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Here's a whole group.
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Steam them for around 10 minutes, turn off the fire and then let them stay in the pot for a few minutes before opening the lid.  You wouldn't want them to deflate on you :(, all your hard work would be wasted.
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Enjoy. :D





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6 comments:

  1. Ngaw....I LOVE the bunnies!! so cute! ;)
    It's so true- high school is so different to college/uni :D (I think you need to change your 'about me' section now :P) I still remember at the beginning of the year, when i first started blogging, you left a comment about how you were going to filling in college applications or something like that- time has passed so quickly!! Does this mean you don't get to cook as much now....??

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  2. got to try making these shapes when i go see my grandma at the end of the year. the rabbit's faces are so cute :D

    have fun at college. i very much prefer high school life...it was much easier to see friends and less tiring. but it's good for me not needing to study maths anymore and what i want to learn.

    take care!

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  3. i'm sure your grandma and your boss love these buns! Nice to see you are still able to spare a little time to make these buns and the paste of course! So now you're staying away from your family? must be some new experience for you, have fun in college and at work!!

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  5. Congratulations on making it in to college. I hope it goes well for you. What a fun time. And your peach buns (something I have never made) look and sound delicious.

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  6. Thanks everyone for leaving comments for me. :) I really appreciate them. I'm soo sorry for neglecting my blog this whole time and thus, not replying to your comments. They do mean a lot to me though!

    Von, I love bunnies too! I always wanted to get some as pets...but my parents didn't want bunnies because they're stinky. So I ended up with guinea pigs. :D Haha, I changed my about me section now. :) Also, yea, I don't bake as much as I used to. I'm getting rusty!! There is a kitchen in the dorm, but it's much too bothersome to bring everything there just to bake. I do go home during the weekends, but by then I'm just too tired/lazy to bake.

    Grub, It's the end of the year already!! Have you made them yet?
    I totally agree with you! While college is pretty fun, it is much more difficult to have a set group of friends. You are always, or at least I am, just eating with different people at different meals because of the different class times everyone has. Take care too~

    Lena, haha, I hope they enjoyed it. :) Well, my college is one hour away from home. Because of some commitments I have in my church, I come back every weekend and see my family then. :) So I don't miss my family too much when I'm at school because I still see them every weekend. Thanks Lena. :) I did have fun. My first quarter ended already and I'm on my looong winter break now.

    Hotly Spiced,thanks for visiting my blog! You should try the peach buns out. If you ever see them at restaurants, try them out. If you don't have any Asian restaurants in your area I think this recipe is worth making! :)

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