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Red Bean-Stuffed Panda Buns

These steamed red bean-stuffed panda buns are almost too cute to eat! Fill all the buns with red bean paste, or experiment with your favorite fillings.

Tasty Team

Total Time

2 hr 20 min

2 hr 20 min

Prep Time

30 minutes

30 min

Cook Time

9 minutes

9 min

Total Time

2 hr 20 min

2 hr 20 min

Prep Time

30 minutes

30 min

Cook Time

9 minutes

9 min

Ingredients

for 12 servings

Dough

  • ⅓ cup milk (80 mL)
  • ½ teaspoon yeast
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 ¼ cups all purpose flour (155 g)
  • black food coloring
  • water, for brushing

Filling

  • ¾ cup red bean paste (165 g), chilled

Nutrition Info

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    Calories 88
    Fat 0g
    Carbs 19g
    Fiber 0g
    Sugar 8g
    Protein 2g

Estimated values based on one serving size.

Preparation

  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer, stir together the milk, yeast, sugar, and flour with a rubber spatula until the dough starts to come together.
  2. Fit the stand mixer with the dough hook and mix the dough on medium-high speed for 10 minutes, until smooth.
  3. Cover the dough with a wet towel and let rest for 1 hour.
  4. Pull off about 2 tablespoons of dough and roll into a ball, then roll out into a log. Fold the outer ends of the log inward to overlap the center, then roll out into a log again. Repeat 2–3 more times, until the dough is very smooth.
  5. Press into a flat disc. Roll 1 tablespoon of red bean paste into a ball, then place in the center of the disc. Wrap the dough around the red bean paste to seal, then roll the bun into a ball and set on a small square of parchment paper. Repeat to make 12 total buns, leaving some excess dough for decorating.
  6. Add a bit of black food coloring to another portion of dough and roll out the dough as before, until the color is uniform.
  7. Use a finger to slightly dampen the outside of a bun. Decorate with 2 pieces of black dough for the ears, 2 pieces for the eyes, and 1 piece for the nose. Repeat with the remaining buns.
  8. Let the buns rest for 30 minutes.
  9. Meanwhile, fill the bottom of a steamer with water and bring to a simmer over medium heat. (If you don’t have a steamer, fill a large pot with a bowl at the bottom with water, then place a plate on top of the bowl, making sure the water does not come over the edges of the plate.)
  10. Add the buns to the steamer, leaving enough space for the buns to expand. Cover the pot and steam the buns for 9–10 minutes, or until the dough is cooked through. Turn off the heat and let the buns rest in the steamer for 5 minutes before serving.
  11. Enjoy!

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