Monday 6 October 2014

Black Sesame Red Bean Bun

I was at a bakery at Fortune Centre the other day oogling at their wonderful creations and deciding what bread to buy, simply because they have so many interesting types of breads. One of them that caught my eye was black sesame with azuki bun. Since I've run out of bread for breakfast, I decided to try baking some Black Sesame Red Bean Buns.

Again, I adapted the Wu Bao Chun's (吴宝春) Champion Bread Loaf I did earlier. I used my food processor to blitz the black sesame seeds to add into the flour and as usual, all the kneading was done by my trusted Zojiroshi breadmaker.

When the first round of proofing was over, I divided the dough into 10 portions. I rolled each portion into a ball, flattened to a disc and placed the red bean paste fillings before wrapping the rolling into a ball again. These are then proofed for a second time for about an hour. Before baking in the oven, I sprayed some water over the surface and sprinkled some black sesame seeds over the buns for decoration.

I love the end result. Loved it even more when I saw my hubby and daughter enjoying them for breakfast!

Black Sesame Red Bean Bun
makes 10 buns

For the Bread Dough
200g Milk
300g Bread flour
35g Black sesame powder
24g Sugar
1 tsp Salt
1 tsp Instant yeast
15g Unsalted butter

For the Filling
Red bean paste (Bought from Daiso, divided into 10 portions)

For the Bread Dough
1. Place all ingredients into the pan except butter based on the sequence listed above or by following your breadmaker manufacturers' instructions regarding the order of liquid/dry ingredients.
(I'm using Zojirushi breadmaker. I placed all the wet ingredients first, followed by the dry ingredients. Make a dent at the centre of the flour and pour the yeast in the dent last, making sure the yeast does not touch the liquid, sugar and salt.)

2. Make the selection for 'Pasta Dough' setting on your breadmaker.
(For my Zojirushi breadmaker, I chose the 'Cookie/Pasta Dough')

3. Press start and the machine will start kneading the dough. The machine will beep after a few minutes. Press start to continue kneading.

4. After the machine has finished its course of kneading under 'Pasta Dough' setting, make the selection for 'Dough' setting.

5. Press start and the machine will start kneading the dough after resting for 15 minutes. Add in the butter during this resting stage.

6. Let the breadmaker do the rest.

7. When the bread dough is proofed, the machine will beep to signal the end of the 'Dough' function. Remove dough from the pan, punch it down and divide into 10 portions.

8. Roll up each dough portion into round balls and rest for 5 minutes.

For the Bun
9. Flatten each ball into a disc (can either use a pastry rolling pin or the palm of your hands) and put the red bean paste filling in the middle, wrap and seal. Put in a 9" square tin (you can also put in individual paper bread casing) and let it proof for another hour.

10. Spray the bun with water and sprinkle some black sesame seeds over.

11. Bake in preheated oven at 200ºC for 15 minutes.

12. When the buns are done, remove from the oven immediately and let it cool on a wire rack.

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  1. I just realised red bean filling also available from daiso, yeah, make our life more easier now, hi hi. By adding black sesame, the buns turn out more healthy, thanks for sharing.

    1. Daiso has so many interesting finds. The red bean paste there comes in a good size.

  2. Hi LY this is so nice - I have learnt something from you today about bread making. I have been using too small a dough and that is why my bread rolls are not as pong pong! Thanks for sharing!

    1. Thanks, Diana.
      Looking forward to your pong pong bread rolls. :)

  3. where in Singapore can I get the black sesame powder. Thank you. --- Christine

    1. Hi Christine, I've seen them before at some organic supermarkets. You can also use blender to blitz black sesame seeds instead.



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