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Bao Buns

    Equipment:

    Small Pot, Wooden Spoon, 2 Large Bowls, Stand Mixer or Hand Mixer, Measuring Spoons, Measuring Cup, Steamer, Parchment paper, Scissors, Rolling Pin

    Ingredients:

    Active Dry Yeast – 1 Tablespoon
    Sugar – 4 Tablespoons Divided in Half
    Avocado Oil – 2 Tablespoons
    Warm Water – 1/3 Cup
    Warm Vanilla Yogurt – 1/2 Cup
    Flour – 2 1/2 Cups
    Baking Powder – 1/2 Teaspoon
    Salt – 1/4 Teaspoon
    Cooking Spray

    *Makes about 14 buns.

    Directions:

    1. Warm up yogurt on the stove or in a microwave. Use a very low heat setting.
    2. Combine yeast, 2 tablespoons of sugar, avocado oil, water and warm yogurt. Stir and let sit for 5-10 minutes so the yeast can activate.
    3. In a separate bowl combine flour, 2 tablespoons of sugar, baking powder and salt.
    4. Pour the wet ingredients in with the dry ingredients and start mixing with your hand mixer on low speed. Then mix on medium for 3 to 4 minutes or knead with your hands. The dough should be elastic and really soft but not sticky.
    5. Form the dough into a ball, place it in a bowl, cover it with plastic wrap and let it sit for 2 hours until the dough has doubled in size.
    6. Place the raised dough on parchment paper and form the dough into a snake like shape and cut into little 1 inch pieces.
    7. Roll each piece in your hands to make a ball.
    8. Use the end of the rolling pin and roll the balls into 1/4 inch thick circles.
    9. Spray the circles with cooking spray and fold in half.
    10. Cover with plastic wrap so they stay moist.
    11. Fill up steamer with water and bring to a boil.
    12. Cut parchment paper into little squares to put under the dough in the steamer.
    13. Once the steamer is ready place each bun on a little square of parchment paper and fill up the steamer but don’t crowd the buns because they are going to expand.
    14. Place the cover on and steam for 8-10 minutes.
    15. When they are done, turn off the heat, tilt the lid so it is slightly open and let the steam slowing seep out for 2 minutes.
    16. Take the bao buns out and enjoy with some yummy pork belly!