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Bao Dough

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hand-sized sandwiches with steamed buns and variety of fillings

taylor's tips

  • To see if you've kneaded enough, use the poke test - if you poke the dough and it springs back quickly, you're done! If you leave an impression, keep kneading.
  • Don't check the Bao in the steamer until 10 minutes have passed!
  • This really fun quick and easy dough is steamed, creating a puffy bite sized container for a variety of delicious fillings.


  • 1 cup warm water
  • 1-1/2 tsp yeast
  • Pinch sugar
  • 2 TB canola oil
  • 2-1/2 cups AP flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • directions

    1. Mix warm water, yeast and a pinch of sugar in a bowl. When yeast and sugar are dissolved, add canola oil.
    2. In a separate bowl, mix together flour, baking powder, salt and sugar.
    3. Add dry ingredients into wet ingredients. Mix into a shaggy dough. Flip bowl onto your work surface and finish kneading by hand until dough is smooth and elastic.
    4. Proof your dough in a large lightly greased bowl and cover loosely with plastic wrap. Put in a warm place for 1 hour or until doubled in size.
    5. Cut your dough into 4 ropes. Cut each rope into 4 pieces. Create tension by tucking in the sides or shaping your hand like a “C” and create tension on the table. They should look like tight smooth dinner rolls, approximately 1” in diameter. Cover with a damp towel (NOT wet). Proof another 30 minutes.
    6. Lightly roll the bao balls into an oval. Lightly oil and fold over.
    7. Steam using a steam basket for 10 minutes. Enjoy with your favorite fillings!

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    Total Time: 2hr, 1hr active

    Total Ingredients: 8

    Skill Level: Intermediate

    Serves: makes approx 16 buns

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