Chinese bread recipe (Mantou recipe)

Chinese bread recipe (Mantou recipe)

 Mantou recipe is a Chinese bread recipe that is a staple in all of China(especially the northern part). You will often see this bread at breakfast tables. The buns should be soft and fluffy in texture and are steamed instead of baked like Western bread is.

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So let’s start our Mantou recipe!

Start by putting 340ml(1.5 cup) of water in a large bowl and sprinkle the yeast over it. Set it aside in a warm place for about 5 minutes to let the yeast come alive. Ad the flour, sugar, salt and oil and stir it together(I like to use a food mixer to do the job). If your using your hands put the dough onto a lightly floured surface and knead for 8 to 10 minutes until it is smooth and elastic. The dough should not stick to your hands when it’s ready so if it does just ad some extra flour until it’s smooth. Cover the bowl with a damp dish towel and set aside at room temperature for 45 to 60 minutes.

Once you’ve let it rest for 45-60 minutes it should have doubled in size. Sprinkle a little baking powder over it and knead well into the dough. Rest it again for 20 minutes and again cover it with a dish towel.

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Now split the dough into two and bring out your rolling pin role the dough into a rectangle shape. Fold one third of the dough back unto itself, then fold the remaining third over the top of the dough so your Mantou dough will be triple folded. Roll out the dough until it’s gotten pretty thin and then brush water over it.

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Now from the long side, start rolling it up into a log as seen on the picture. Use sharp knife and cut the roll into small peaces. I like to cut a sheet of baking paper into little squares and put them on it in order for them not to get stuck to the steamer. Heat up some water on a wok, put the rolls into a steamer and place over the wok and cover the steamer up for about 10-15 minutes

Now your beautiful Mantou recipe is ready to be eaten. Enjoy!

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Chinese bread recipe (Mantou recipe)

5 from 1 vote
Recipe by Steini Course: Baking, Breads & Buns, Healthy snacks, Side dishes, Vegan, VegetarianCuisine: ChineseDifficulty: Easy
Servings

10

servings
Prep time

1

hour 
Cooking time

10

minutes
Calories

300

kcal

Mantou recipe is a Chinese steam bread/bun recipe that is both simple and delicious. It’s Vegan friendly and is a great side dish with any meal.

Ingredients

  • 340 ml Water

  • 2 tsp Instant dry yeast

  • 500 grams Strong plain all purpose flour

  • 1 tsp Salt

  • 1 tsp Vegetable oil

  • 1.5 tsp Caster sugar

  • 1 tsp Baking powder

Directions

  • Put 340ml (1.5 cup) of water in a large bowl and sprinkle the yeast over it.
  • Put it aside in a warm place for about 5 minutes
  • Ad the flour, sugar, salt and oil and stir it together(I like to use a food mixer to do the job). Knead for 8 to 10 minutes until it is smooth and elastic. Cover the bowl with a damp dish towel and set aside at room temperature for 45 to 60 minutes.
  • Sprinkle a little baking powder over it and knead well into the dough.
  • Rest it again for 20 minutes and again cover it with a dish towel.
  • Now split the dough into two and bring out your rolling pin role the dough into a rectangle shape.
  • Fold one third of the dough back unto itself, then fold the remaining third over the top of the dough so your Mantou dough will be triple folded.
  • Roll out the dough until it’s gotten pretty thin and then brush water over it.
  • Now from the long side, start rolling it up into a log.
  • Use sharp knife and cut the roll into small peaces.
  • Heat up some water on a wok, put the rolls into a steamer and place over the wok and cover the steamer up for about 10-15 minutes

Notes

  • You will know when they are ready when you touch them lightly and the bun bounces back

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