Tuesday, July 28, 2015



Another tea-time.. ... homemade brewed matcha latte, Black Sesame Mantou and Black Sesame Bun with Red Bean paste filling 

After that failed attempt, I am not giving up yet.  
As there is still another half  portion of the pre-fermented  dough in the fridge, I decided to make some buns this time.  Took my Red Bean Paste from the freezer which I had made earlier from the recipe from JustOneCookbook.com.  

I used the same method of making the dough only this time using the machine instead of manually  and after the 1st proof, was ready to shape them. I divided the dough into 65 gm each and filled them with a rounded tablespoon of the filling.  

waiting for the 2nd proof 

Ready for the oven, egg wash and sprinkle some black sesame seed on top.

soft golden buns

Going full force into a black streak now, decided to make some Black Sesame Mantou.  This is a straightforward method using pau flour.

After the 1st proof,  divided pau dough into 50 gm. Roll out into oval shape and brushed with some corn oil and then smeared on some black sesame paste (I mixed black sesame powder with icing sugar). Using a sharp knife cut strips  lengthwise but without cutting through the ends.  

Lift the dough up and lightly shake off extra black sesame powder.  

Holding both ends start to twist it into a roll and then into a bun, tucking the ends under. 

Resting the 2nd time.  Meanwhile prepare your steamer of boiling water.  

Steam for 15-18 minutes and its done!

Contentment at last.   The girls were home and we had another tea-time together.  


  1. Congrats! Your golden buns and black sesame mantou looked good to be served in Dragon-i and Ah Yat's! The steamed mantou looked like pretty flowers and I am sure the Empress Dowager would love them too! I saw her biography book of food served and she loves plain mantou. Your flowery ones would definitely delight her!

  2. Come to grab one for my tea break tomorrow... hehe...

  3. Good morning, so happy to hear/read this... blush, blush.. thank you

  4. oh thanks ...will try out the steamed version.

  5. Hi Elaine, nice flower shape buns, great for light lunch too. I haven't make any buns for the past few weeks cos breadmaker breakdown, haven't send for repair. And yesterday my right arm tendon injured, thus for the time being cannot knead the dough manually.

    Have a wonderful weekend, regards.

    1. Good morning, Amelia
      Take care and rest your arm properly.