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Chinese Bean Buns Recipe

Chinese Bean Buns Recipe

The Chinese do not often eat desserts but this one is a favorite. Time: Preparation takes about 2 hours, including proving time, cooking takes about 30 minutes.
Prep Time 2 hours
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 30 minutes
Course Desserts, Pastry, Sweet
Cuisine Asian, China
Calories 350 kcal


  • ¼ cup milk
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 oz lard
  • ¼ cup warm water
  • 2 tsps dried yeast
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • #Filling#
  • 4 oz sweet bean paste
  • 1 oz sugar
  • 1 oz chopped walnuts
  • 1 tbsp lard


  • Bring the milk almost to the boil. Stir in the sugar, salt and lard. Cool slightly.
  • Put the warm water and yeast into a bowl and stir to mix. Add the lukewarm milk mixture.
  • Add the beaten egg and most of the flour and beat until smooth.
  • Add the remaining flour and mix to a dough. Turn dough out onto a well-floured board and knead until smooth and elastic. Place in a greased bowl. Brush the dough with oil and cover. Leave to rise in a warm place until doubled in size (about 1 hour).
  • Heat the filling ingredients together in a wok for 5-6 minutes until smooth and shiny. Remove and cool. Divide the filling into 12-14 portions.
  • Knead the risen dough again for 2 minutes and then divide the dough into 12-14 portions. Flatten into thick circular shapes 4 inches in diameter. Place a chopstick on each circle of dough to market it in half, and then in half again. Cut along the marks to within 1/3 of the center.
  • Place one portion of filling in the center of the dough circle and fold the cut ends in to meet in the center, to form a rosette. Secure by pinching ends of dough together.
  • Place a piece of greased foil over the pinched ends and place the buns on a greased baking tray. Brush with a little milk. Bake at 375°F for 20-25 minutes.
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