07 March 2011

A Blossoming Bun 菊花包

Gabriel refused to eat lunch prepared by the aunty at Learning Vision.  For the whole week, during lunch time he sat there together with his classmate, they ate their lunch but not him :( The teacher told me, please bring something from home for him! Really headache plus heartache...when I went to pick him up at noon he always hungry. 

Recently I saw someone baked a nice flower bread and I think it is a good presentation to attract Gabriel to eat. I'm using 爱生活,爱厨房:菊花包 recipe with changes. Instead of pumpkin, I used sweet potato as the main ingredient.

 Add natural sweetness to the bun by using various type of dry berries.

Make 8 big buns.

The sweet potato dough is a bit sticky compared with the white dough, is good to make a harder sweet potato dough for easy handling.

Wrap up the dough and roll into a ball.

Flatten the ball to 0.5cm thickness.

Cut the side of the dough with knife and flip the cut portion as shown.

It was suppose to be a smooth bun, however, my son woke up earlier than expected, I took a while to accompany him and came back to discover the dough may be too dry. I sprayed a bit of water on bun before steaming and the end result was...rough rough rough surface :( 

Recipe adapted from 爱生活,爱厨房:菊花包with changes 

A. Sweet Potatoes Dough Ingredients:
3 medium sweet potatoes (about 100g)
200g plain flour
2g instant dry yeast
some sugar (option)

B.White Dough Ingredients:

250g plain flour
2g instant dry yeast
20g icing sugar
150ml warm milk
15g vegetable shortening (option)

various type of dry berries

1. For A. Steam sweet potatoes until soft, mash the sweet potatoes, let it cool before adding yeast. (No need to completely cool as warm dough is perfect condition for yeast) Mix well.
2. Add flour to the mixture, knead until forming a smooth dough. Let it proof for 1 hour.
3. For B. Add sifted flour, sugar and yeast, mix well. Add warm milk until mixture able to form a dough. Knead until the dough is smooth. Add shortening and knead until surface is a bit greasy. Let it proof for 1 hour.
4. Press out the air in the doughs, roll it into long strip (do the same for both doughs)
5. Divide the dough into 8 or 9 small doughs. Roll the white dough into ball and flatten the dough, place the sweet potato dough in middle of the white dough. Wrap up and slightly press the ball into 0.5 cm thickness.
6. Make few cuts at the side, turn the cut portion upwards, place a bit of sweet potato dough in the middle, add the various dry berries as desire. Let it proof for 20 mins.
7. Preheat the steamer, steam for 8 mins. (After 5 mins open the cover a bit and continue with the steaming) Wait for another 5 mins before remove the cover. 

A blossoming bun, you like it?

Soft and fluffy bun!

I'm submitting this post to Aspiring Bakers #5 : Fruity March (March 2011) hosted by Jess of Bakericious 


  1. That looks so cute, I always wanted to make these flower, your recipe is now tempting me more. Especially the sweet potato dough that is too good, yumm yumm.

  2. i think this is really beautiful! and the texture divine! you are a really great mom ah tze!

  3. hope gabriel gets past this "don't want to eat" stage soon! the bun looks so pretty and the last picture - i feel like grabbing my screen cos the texture looks fantastic!

  4. yummy!好美的菊花^^
    请问你的recent post怎么可以放到那么多照片?

  5. i like the shape of the flower bun though it didnt out as good as what you expected..maybe you can try pau flour next time!

  6. the shape is so pretty! and it look so yummy! indeed, 世上只有妈妈好!;D

  7. 手越来越巧了。。有美哦 !我喜欢!

  8. Umm, try this out, hope to see your creation!

  9. Jess, thanks! The bao presented in this manner really looks good.

  10. Janine, welcome! Thanks for your compliment!

  11. Bernice, 噢,你是说recent posts吗?go to design and change the setting on "recent posts" to display the number of posts you want. Set to "tumbnail only". 明白吗?

  12. Lena, the plain flour can do the work also just add the vegetable shortening after the kneading. The surface turned out rough is because I sprayed water on it before steaming lah... a mistake ^_^ Can not buy any flour already, storing too many packs of...flour and sugar :))

  13. Your pictorial is an excellent summary . Thank you for sharing !

  14. Experimental cook, you are most welcome!

    Cathy, is cute right :D

  15. 好漂亮的造型,真的像菊花:)

  16. look very nice and i bet it taste good too

  17. 弄出来跟你不一样哦,没有你讲的“thumnail only”咧。。

  18. 鲸鱼, 谢谢欣赏!

    Sonia,if using very sweet potato can do away with the sugar.

    Bernice, 没有?are you using "Recent posts" feature? 就在“snippet style" choose "thumbnail only" 试试看。

  19. 是在recent post 的Configure Gadget?

  20. What a beautiful bun!!! Rough or not, it looks wonderful :)

  21. Bernice, 我没有MSN. yes, is under "gadget" > "feature" > "recent posts".

  22. The buns indeed look like flowers. Beautiful!

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  24. Cooking Gallery, thanks for your compliment! Your Hamster Bento really lovely!!

    Ron, thanks for dropping by and following. God Bless!

  25. The buns are so lovely in the shapes of flower. Very impressive!

  26. Zoe, a good way to attract kids into eating the bun :))

  27. 我儿子起初也不吃学校的食物,所以我都自己准备便当给他,但是我发觉学校好像不太鼓励,后来就没弄了。他现在反而会愿意吃了,除了星期五的 kaya 面包。。呵呵

  28. neyeeloh,希望这是过度期吧。。。


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