Chinese Cocktail Buns

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These cocktail buns are like the ones you get at Chinese bakeries. They are filled with a creamy coconut filling. Yum!

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Prep Time:
45 mins
Cook Time:
10 mins
Additional Time:
2 hrs 30 mins
Total Time:
3 hrs 25 mins
Servings:
32
Yield:
32 buns

Ingredients

  • cup white sugar

  • 1 cup milk

  • ¼ cup softened butter

  • 1 tablespoon active dry yeast

  • 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour

  • 1 egg, beaten (Optional)

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour, or more if needed

  • ¼ cup softened butter

  • ½ cup white sugar

  • ½ cup nonfat dry milk powder

  • ½ cup all-purpose flour

  • 1 cup finely grated fresh coconut

  • 1 egg (Optional)

  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds, for garnish (Optional)

Directions

  1. Place 1/3 cup sugar and milk in a small saucepan, and stir until the sugar is dissolved. Add 1/4 cup softened butter, and gently warm the mixture until the butter melts and the mixture is warm but not hot (no warmer than about 100 degrees F (40 degrees C). In a large bowl, stir together the yeast with 2 1/2 cups flour until well blended, and pour the milk mixture into the flour-yeast mixture. Stir in 1 beaten egg, and mix until the mixture forms a sticky, wet dough.

  2. Turn the dough out onto a well-floured surface, and knead for about 10 minutes, gradually kneading in 1 cup of additional flour or as needed to make a smooth, elastic dough. Form the dough into a round ball, place into an oiled bowl, and turn the dough around in the bowl a few times to coat with oil. Cover the bowl with a cloth, and allow dough to rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.

  3. Cream 1/4 cup softened butter with 1/2 cup of sugar in a bowl until the mixture is light and fluffy, and stir in dry milk powder, 1/2 cup flour, and the coconut until the mixture is smooth and well blended. Set the filling aside.

  4. Working on a floured surface, punch down the dough, and cut into 2 equal pieces. Cut each piece into 8 equal-sized pieces (16 pieces total). Form each piece into an oblong bun, and flatten the bun with a floured rolling pin. Scoop up about 1 tablespoon of filling with a spoon, and place in the center of a bun. Pull and pinch the edges of the dough together to enclose the filling in the bun. Repeat with all dough pieces, and place the filled buns, seam sides down, onto the prepared baking sheets. Cover the buns with a cloth, and allow to rise in a warm place 1 hour.

  5. Preheat an oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Line baking sheets with parchment paper.

  6. For a glossy coating, beat 1 egg in a bowl, and brush each bun with a little beaten egg. Sprinkle each bun with a few sesame seeds.

  7. Bake in the preheated oven until the buns are golden brown, 10 to 15 minutes. Allow to cool before serving.

Tips

Cook's Notes

Recipe makes 16 large buns or 32 small buns.

For bread to rise, warm oven to 150 degrees F (70 degrees C). When oven is warm, turn it off and place the covered dough into the oven for 1 hour to rise.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

129 Calories
5g Fat
19g Carbs
3g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 32
Calories 129
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 5g 6%
Saturated Fat 3g 14%
Cholesterol 20mg 7%
Sodium 39mg 2%
Total Carbohydrate 19g 7%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 7g
Protein 3g
Vitamin C 0mg 1%
Calcium 41mg 3%
Iron 1mg 6%
Potassium 85mg 2%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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