Green Tea Steamed Buns

Green Tea Steamed Buns Recipe

Steamed custard buns are a famous dim sum dessert. Today we’re going to take this traditional comfort food recipe to the next level with fun flavors like green tea, toasted coconut and a decadent chocolate dipping sauce.

Green Tea Steamed Buns

The bun is super simple to make. Start by stirring sugar and yeast into warm water.

Green Tea Steamed Buns

And set aside for 10 minutes until yeast is activated.

Green Tea Steamed Buns

In the meantime, stir together some cake flour and salt into the bowl of a KitchenAid® Stand Mixer.

Green Tea Steamed Buns

Add in the yeast mixture…

Green Tea Steamed Buns

And 1/2 cup of milk.

Green Tea Steamed Buns

Use the flat beater attachment to stir together until a soft dough is formed, then switch to the dough hook and knead for 5 minutes until the dough is smooth and elastic.

Green Tea Steamed Buns

Coat a large bowl with oil and transfer the dough into the bowl. Turn the dough several times in the bowl, making sure every surface of the dough is coated with oil.

Green Tea Steamed Buns

Cover loosely (with a tea towel) and set in a warm place for 2-3 hours to rise, until the dough has doubled in size.

Green Tea Steamed Buns

The KitchenAid® 30-Inch Steam-Assist Combination Microwave Wall Oven with a Bread Proof feature is a great place for this.

Green Tea Steamed Buns

While the dough is rising, we’ll make the custard filling. Go ahead and start the custard immediately, as it needs time to chill in the fridge while the dough is rising. In a medium saucepan, whisk together one package of vanilla instant pudding mix, cornstarch and sugar.

Green Tea Steamed Buns

Add the milk and whisk over low heat for 1 minute.

Green Tea Steamed Buns

After 1 minute, very slowly pour in the beaten eggs, whisking constantly.

Green Tea Steamed Buns

Increase the heat to medium and bring the mixture to a low simmer, whisking constantly, until thickened. The custard may be slightly lumpy.

Green Tea Steamed Buns

Next we’ll add in the magic ingredient.

Green Tea Steamed Buns

Turn off the heat and whisk in the butter and matcha (green tea powder) until fully incorporated.

Green Tea Steamed Buns

Place the custard in the refrigerator to cool until ready to use. The custard will become firm as it cools, making it easier to fill the bun.

Green Tea Steamed Buns

Now when the dough has doubled in size

Green Tea Steamed Buns

Transfer to a lightly floured surface and knead the air bubbles out.

Green Tea Steamed Buns

Roll into a log about 16 inches long

Green Tea Steamed Buns

And cut into 12 equal portions.

Green Tea Steamed Buns

Take one portion of the dough and roll into a ball

Green Tea Steamed Buns

Then flatten into a round wrapper using a rolling pin or a glass. Make the edges thinner than the center of the wrapper to make the bun easier to seal.

Green Tea Steamed Buns

Using a medium cookie scoop, place 1 1/2 tablespoons of the chilled custard filling into the middle of the wrapper.

Green Tea Steamed Buns

Pinch the edges together to seal completely. First pinch together the left and right sides, then the top and bottom, then the two diagonals. Finally twist the whole thing and push down to seal.

Green Tea Steamed Buns

Gently roll the bun between your hands to shape into a ball

Green Tea Steamed Buns

Then place in a pie plate that has been coated with cooking spray, leaving 1-2″ of space between each bun. Repeat to finish all buns.

Green Tea Steamed Buns

For a second flavor, you can make sweetened red bean buns. Red bean paste is made from sweetened azuki beans and is a popular flavor in many Asian desserts. I found this sweetened red bean paste at my local Asian market.

Green Tea Steamed Buns

Place 1 1/2 tablespoons of the sweetened red bean paste in the middle of the wrapper, and pinch to seal.

Green Tea Steamed Buns

Steam the buns on high heat for 15-20 minutes.

Green Tea Steamed Buns

To do this in a KitchenAid® 30-Inch Combination Microwave Wall Oven equipped with Steam-Assist, press Steam Cook, Manual Steam, and cook at 350 degrees F for 15-20 minutes.

Green Tea Steamed Buns

The dough is soft and delicious.

Green Tea Steamed Buns

The green tea custard filling is just the right amount of sweet and spice!

Green Tea Steamed Buns

Garnish with toasted coconut and melted chocolate to serve.

The red bean buns are lightly sweet and impossibly soft. Garnish with black sesame seeds to serve.

Green Tea Steamed Buns

These steamed buns are super simple and highly addictive. You can fill them with anything sweet or savory. Just try them once and you’ll want to fill them with everything you can think of. Hope you enjoy!

Green Tea Steamed Buns

INGREDIENTS

For the buns

1/4 cup warm water (between 105–115 degrees F)
1 teaspoon sugar
2 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast
2 cups cake flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup milk
1 tablespoon canola or vegetable oil

For the green tea custard filling

1 (3.4-ounce) package instant vanilla pudding
1 tablespoon cornstarch
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
3/4 cup whole milk
2 large eggs, slightly beaten
2 tablespoons butter
2 teaspoons Matcha Green Tea Powder

DIRECTIONS

For making the buns

Stir sugar and yeast into warm water. Let sit for 10 minutes until yeast is activated.

In the bowl of a KitchenAid® Stand Mixer, stir together the flour, salt, milk and yeast mixture with the flat beater attachment until combined. Switch to the dough hook and knead for 5 minutes until the dough is smooth and elastic.

Coat a large bowl with oil and transfer dough into the bowl. Turn the dough several times in the bowl, making sure every surface of the dough is coated with oil. Cover loosely (like with a tea towel) and set in a warm place for 2-3 hours to rise, until the dough has doubled in size. (You can use the Bread Proof feature of a KitchenAid® 30-Inch Steam-Assist Combination Microwave Wall Oven).

For the green tea custard filling

Whisk together the instant pudding, cornstarch, and sugar in a medium saucepan. Whisk in the milk over low heat for 1 minute. Very slowly pour in the beaten eggs, whisking constantly.

Increase the heat to medium and bring the mixture to a low simmer, whisking constantly, until thickened. The custard may be slightly lumpy. Whisk in the butter and matcha until fully incorporated.

Place in the refrigerator to cool until ready to use. The custard will become firm as it cools, making it easier to fill the bun.

For assembling the buns

When the dough has doubled in size, transfer to a lightly floured surface and knead the air bubbles out. Roll into a log (about 16″ long) and cut into 12 equal portions.

Take one portion of the dough, roll into a ball, then flatten into a round wrapper using a rolling pin or a glass. Make the edges thinner than the center of the wrapper to make the bun easier to seal.

Using a medium cookie scoop, place 1 1/2 tablespoons of the custard filling into the middle of the wrapper. Pinch the edges together to seal completely. Gently roll the bun between your hands to shape into a ball, then place in a pie plate that has been coated with cooking spray, leaving 1-2″ of space between each bun. Repeat to finish all buns.

Cover loosely (like with a tea towel) and let sit in a warm place to rest for 20 minutes.

For steaming the buns

Steam the buns on high heat for 15-20 minutes. To do this in a KitchenAid® 30-Inch Combination Microwave Wall Oven equipped with Steam-Assist, press Steam Cook, Manual Steam, and cook at 350 degrees F for 15-20 minutes.

Green Tea Steamed Buns Recipe

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