Basic Chinese Yeast Dough

Chinese steamed bread, Guangzhou, China
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Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 3 hrs
Total: 3 hrs 15 mins
Servings: 10 servings
Yield: 10 buns
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
167 Calories
0g Fat
35g Carbs
5g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 10
Amount per serving
Calories 167
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 1%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 3mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 35g 13%
Dietary Fiber 1g 5%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 5g
Vitamin C 0mg 0%
Calcium 8mg 1%
Iron 2mg 11%
Potassium 54mg 1%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This is a basic Chinese steamed dough recipe. When preparing a specific recipe such as Flower Rolls, the instructions will call for adding baking powder to the dough to give it an extra lift. Use this though to make any number of steamed bun recipes.

Ingredients

Steps to Make It

  1. Place the yeast in a bowl and pour the warm water over. Stir in the sugar to dissolve. Let stand for 15 minutes.

  2. Sift the flour into a bowl. Add the yeast and water mixture and begin stirring immediately.

  3. Keep stirring until you have a dough that holds together and doesn't stick to the sides of the bowl. Adjust the amount of water, adding more or less as is needed.

  4. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface, and knead until it is smooth and elastic (about 10 minutes). Add more flour or water if needed.

  5. Cover and let rest for 1 1/2 hours. Punch the dough down again, and let it rest for 1 to 1 1/2 more hours, until its size has doubled.

  6. Use as called for in the recipe.