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Homemade Steamed Buns

These buns are very soft and delicious.You can adapt this bun recipe to your own taste. A kid-friendly recipe, they’re shaped like a porcupine!



  • * 250 grams Bread Flour

  • * 6 grams Sugar

  • * 5 grams Yeast, Active Dry

  • * ½ teaspoons Salt To Taste

  • * 1 teaspoon Olive Oil

  • * 130 milliliters Water

  • * _____


  • * 50 milliliters Coconut Pani Or Coconut Treacle

  • * ¼ teaspoons Cinnamon

  • * ½ teaspoons Sugar

  • * 100 grams Desiccated Coconut


  • 1.

    Sift the flour. In a mixing bowl combine the flour, sugar, yeast and salt. Mix well about 1 minute. Pour in olive oil and water. Mix well. Now clean your dry working surface and knead by hand about 10 minutes.

  • 2.

    Cover the dough and let rise in a warm place for about 30 minutes. After that, punch the dough down and make 15 round lemon-sized balls.

  • 3.

    Now take out each ball and roll out with a rolling pin until you get a disk (2 1/2-inch diameter and 1/4-inch thick).

  • 4.

    To make the coconut filling, in a thick-bottomed pan, put coconut pani, cinnamon and sugar and bring to a boil (you need it to be around 100ºC degrees so use a thermometer). Then add the pani mixture to the desiccated coconut and mix well. Let cool.

  • 5.

    Now place about 1 teaspoon of sweet coconut mixture in the middle of each disk. Roll into a ball. Next shape the dough into a oval shape. Using sharp scissors, snip the top of the dough to form prickles to shape it like a porcupine.

  • 6.

    Now put the porcupine on top of oil paper or baking paper. Place porcupine buns in a steamer and steam over a pan of boiling water for about 10 minutes. When the porcupine buns are cooked, remove from the steamer and place on a dish.

  • 7.

    After that, you can decorate the porcupine buns with eyes, a mouth and whiskers. I’ve done so in the photo using food coloring for the eyes and mouth and coconut husk for the whiskers.

  • 8.

    Serve warm.

  • 9.


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