Tried out this recipe this afternoon. I tried out different shapes other than the peach shape. Usually for the older generation, whenever an elderly person celebrates his or her birthday, you can usually find this type of peach bun as it symbolises longevity. I have also shaped some into rabbits and porcupines. But then the rabbits after steaming became so fat. Hahaha ... Since I have not enough lotus paste, I made some flower bun with the plain dough. This type of steamed flower buns go very well with food like chilli crab or steamed fish with sweet and sour Thai chilli sauce whereby you can use the buns to dip into the sauce. Oh so yummy.
Steamed Birthday Bun
300g plain flour
5g instant yeast
5g baking powder
112g of water (more need more)
200g white lotus paste
Some pink colouring
1. Divide white lotus paste into 20g each. Roll into a ball and keep aside for later use.
2 . Mix all the dough ingredients and knead into a smooth dough. (Note: I used a little more water than what is stated here.)
3. Measure the dough into 30g each. Roll dough out and wrap with the white lotus paste. Make sure it is sealed properly and shape it into a peach shape.
4. Put a piece of paper underneath the shaped bun and leave it aside to rise for 30 mins.
5. Steam over high heat for 6 mins. Remove and spray with pink colouring on top.
(Note: These buns can be kept in the fridge and you just need to resteam it when you want to eat them. )