Chinese style Black Sesame Nai Huang Bao Recipe (Steamed Custard Buns) by Archana’s Kitchen

Chinese style Black Sesame Nai Huang Bao Recipe (Steamed Custard Buns) by Archana's Kitchen

  • To prepare Black Sesame Nai Huang Bao Recipe (Chinese Steamed Custard Buns), firstly make the filling of custard.

  • Take custard powder in a bowl. Add milk powder to the bowl. 

  • Add coconut milk. Break in the eggs. Also, add condensed milk.

  • Whisk the mixture to make it a lump free mixture.

  • Add melted butter and whisk.

  • Grease a plate or container which you can keep for steaming.

  • Sieve and pour the mixture into the vessels, to make it lump free.

  • Preheat the steamer with water till water starts bubbling.

  • Carefully place the stand and close the lid to steam for 12-15 minutes.

  • Take the plates off the steamer and fork up the custard thoroughly and try to mash with the back of spoon.

  • After it has come to room temperature and little easy to handle. Take a handful in your fist and squeeze it together to form a sort of ball. It will not be easy for it to make it into a ball but as much as you squeeze it will come together. Your filling is ready. Keep it in the refrigerator if not using at that time.

  • For the bao dough (bun), grind black sesame seeds into powder. Add the sesame powder to the All Purpose Flour in a bowl.

  • Add instant or dry active yeast in lukewarm water and gently stir.

  • Add sugar to it and let it activate.

  • Add vegetable shortening to the flour along with yeast water and knead into a soft supple dough.

  • Cover the dough with cling wrap and let it rise for 45 minutes or so till it has doubled up.

  • Divide the dough into 18-20 parts and roll into a ball.

  • Take each ball and roll it into a thin disk and place one ball of custard in its center. Close from all the ends and give it a bun shape. Place it on a greased baking sheet seam side down to rest for another 15-20 minutes.

  • Grease the slotted plate. Steam them in the steamer by placing a sieve or slotted plate for them to cook in steam. Keep a 2 inch distance between the baos/buns for they will rise on steaming.Close the lid. Steam for 10-12 minutes.

  • Bring them to room temperature and serve Black Sesame Nai Huang Bao during tea-time with green tea or kadak chai which will your evening time special.

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