Thursday 9 October 2014

Steamed Pumpkin Buns 南瓜小包子

Aiyoh! Ha ha! ... 我的胖胖南瓜矮包子 ^-^!

Some leftover lotus paste from the last mooncakes making is still idling in the fridge. When the theme for this month's BREE is 'Bun In My Hot Steamer', I know the lotus paste will be put to good use in making some buns. Although I'm not very fond of bread & bun baking, after "think think think" (much consideration), decided to steam these mini buns for our weekend snacks.

Concurrently, to participate events in LTU's Pumpkin and MTR's Taste of Autumn,  I've used pumpkin to make the dough (bun skin) using recipe adapted from Sonia  (Nasi Lemak Lover, thanks Sonia) with slight modification in blue.

Steamed Pumpkin Buns with Lotus Paste filling 南瓜小包子
(Yield 11 buns instead of 13)

Ingredients :
150g pumpkin - skin peeled and deseeded, cut roughly in small pieces. Mashed (steam or microwave to soften)
225 all purpose flour (I used Hong Kong Flour)

1tbsp sugar
1/3 tsp salt

To make yeast water (set aside for 5mins to bloom)
1tbsp lukewarm water
1tsp sugar
1tsp instant yeast

Filling - lotus paste ( you can replaced with red bean paste, peanut or etc)

Pumkin skin - cut into small piece to make as pumpkin’s stem

Method :
1. Add in all ingredients and yeast water in a mixing bowl and knead till smooth dough.
2. Cover with damp cloth and rest for 60mins. (I used cling wrap) 
{zzZzz ... Zzz ... I doze off at my cosy corner ... Rrring !! My timer woke me up! Blur blur me ... Go ! Go! Get up to punch the dough! lol !}
3. Knock down dough to expel some air, transfer to a lightly floured surface and knead for a while.
4. Weigh & divide the dough : 30g each and roughly shape into a ball and rest for 10mins.
5. Lotus paste : 15g each and lightly shape into ball.

6. Fatten and roll out the dough into a circle. Place lotus filling onto the center, wrap and pleat up the sides and seal.
7. Use a butter knife, mark from top and lightly press down towards bottom, keep a small gap in between, repeat this step till whole dough ball finished. Place a small piece of pumpkin skin in the middle and lightly press down.
8. Place the pumpkin buns (pleat area face down) onto a piece of greaseproof paper, on the rack for steaming. Cover with a piece of damp cloth and let rise for another 10-15 mins.
9. Lightly mark bun with butter knife again (to sharpen the pattern) {opps, I've forgotten this step}.
Steam the buns under rapidly boiling water on high heat for about 15mins.
10. Wait for 2mins then only open the lid and remove from the steamer.

While in the process of making these buns, it brought me back to those fun and fond memories of mooncakes making too .... the weighing & rolling the dough and filling into balls ... wrapping and shaping the balls ... hee hee!

My girl joined in the fun in wrapping and shaping these pumpkin buns.
Well .... it's tea-break time ! Come, join me for some piping hot steamed mini fatty sweet pumpkin buns with lotus paste. Enjoy with some hot tea !

Happy "steaming" and have a blessed weekend !

I'm joining Best Recipes for Everyone October 2014 Event Theme: Bun in My Hot Steamer hosted by Fion of XuanHom's Mom.

This post is also linked to the event Little Thumbs Up (Oct 2014 Event: PUMPKIN



  1. Hi Karen, sorry for not visiting for quite a while due to my busy schedule...I also have left over lotus paste in the fridge, maybe I should pass it to you to make some of these delicious pumpkin buns for me since I have no time to make them...heehee >.<

    1. Hi Cheryl, no worries, I understand. Ha ha .. 放马 。。。 no .. 放陷过来! Hee hee!

  2. WOW Karen, you're fast to make these pumpkin buns. Fat also good because inside got full of filling :D

  3. I have some leftover lotus paste too. Probably can use to make bun next week. Your fat bun is lovely. Look like real pumpkin too.

  4. Karen,
    ohh....I love yr 胖胖南瓜矮包子, so cute. Can I have some for breakfast, heeheehee!

  5. Aren't they adorable, Karen. You are so funny with your busser waking you up, lol...They really did come out so festive. Fill them up with anything and they are good to go, lol...I'm sure your daughter had such fun helping too:)

    Thank you so much for sharing, Karen...

  6. It is good to involve the children whenever you are busying making something in the kitchen such as making this pau.... they can shape it up.... and Im sure they will have some fun time and enjoying the pau they made together with you. Im sure this pau was definitely made with love.

  7. Hi Karen, such lovely pumpkin buns. Would love to try this when my super busy and tight deadlines are over. :)

  8. OH!Karen,ur pumpkin buns are very cutie cutie,can I have some for my snack too?hehe
    Thanks for support and join my every blog's event,so thankful have you to be my blogger friends,really appreciate very much ^^

  9. Hi Karen, 胖胖包子 too cute to eat! :)

  10. Hi Karen! I love it that you have shaped your buns into tiny pumpkins. Ah, baking buns! Can sleep while it is proofing hah..hah...

  11. Hi Karen...your buns look cute and loverly..

  12. Hi, Karen...they even looks like pumpkin...nice!

  13. Hi Karen, sorry I'm late and I guess your cutie buns shld be finished by now.

    Thanks for always supporting LTU.


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