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A rewarding accidental discovery. The last time when I made Spring Onion Bread, out of exasperation, I had to substitute part of the bread flour with Hong Kong flour as it was out of stock at three supermarts I went to. Hong Kong Flour is especially good for chinese pastries and steamed buns and it was the first time I tried it on baked bread. Out of curiousity, I put some of the bread to ‘steam’ and, voila – what a surprise! The baked ones were good but the steamed buns tasted even better!

This steamed version was ambitiously made with 100% Hong Kong flour. I used ‘Bake King’ brand premium Hong Kong Flour and the result was impressive. The steamed bread stayed soft and fluffy even on the next day. I can’t exactly call this a ‘mantou’ as there’s fats and eggs in it but it’s certainly another one good recipe to keep on hand.

STEAMED BREAD WITH SPRING ONIONS

For the dough ingredients & method, please refer to  ‘BASIC SWEET BREAD DOUGH” and substiute all flour to HONGKONG FLOUR. For this recipe, I doubled the portion.

Ingredients for filling (prepare while dough is proofing):

(A) – mixed well together in a bowl
100gm spring onions (scallions), diced
50ml melted butter (or 50ml garlic oil)
salt and pepper to taste
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(B) – diced & set aside (you may omit these totally or use any other preferred ingredients)
2 pcs sausages
1 pack otah (200gms)

Method :

1)    When the dough is ready for use, divide bread dough into 3 equal portions and mould into balls.  Leave to rest for 15 mins.

2)    Roll each ball of dough to a 18cm x 20cm rectangle. Spread with spring onion mixture and sprinkle diced sausages / otah evenly on top. Roll up and cut into 5cm sections. Place rolls apart in a steamer tray and leave in a warm place to proof for a further 45 minutes until double in size.
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3) See how big these have risen! Bring water to boil. Steam covered on high for 15 mins.
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5) Remove immediately and leave to cool. Best eaten warm.

so soft & fluffy !

so soft & fluffy !

Abbey just can't resist a quick bite !

even Abbey just couldn’t resist a quick bite !

makes a great breakfast treat :D

makes a great breakfast treat 😀

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