Today is the 5th Day of the Fifth Moon following the Lunar Calender and today is the day of the 'Chung/Rice Dumpling Festival'. I had wanted to make some 'chung' but due to unforeseen circumstances was not able to make some - excuses - excuses!!! But...... since i do have leftover Law Mei Farn which is a very good filling for these Rolls. These rolls are so much easier and faster to make and I am pleased that i have kept half the tradition by having glutinious rice served today but in another form. You can follow any pau dough recipe or follow the one below.
2 cups pau flour(if all-purpose flour is used - add more water to make into a soft dough)
3/4 cup wheat starch
2 tsp baking powder
3/4 cup powdered/confectioner's sugar
1 1/2 tbsp shortening/lard
1 tsp instant yeast
2/3 cup water(adjust according)
1/4 tsp vinegar
1/2 recipe of Law Mei Farn
To make pau dough:
Put flour, wheat starch, baking powder, powdered sugar and yeast in the food processor and pulse a few times to mix ingredients well..
Add in shortening/lard and pulse until well mixed.
Add vinegar to the water and pour into flour mixture with the food processor on, Mix until a soft ball forms - water has to adjusted, adding more a little at a time, to make dough into a very soft and pliable dough.
Remove from food processor and knead until smooth, then leave to proof until double it's size.
Roll the 'law mei farn' into a 2 inch log.
Punch down the pau dough and roll into a rectangle that is big enough to wrap the law mei farn log.
Wrap the law mei farn log with the pau dough rectangle and pinch the seam well.
Cut the log into 1 1/2 inch pieces and put a piece of greaseproof paper underneath every piece. Leave rolls to proof again before steaming. Pau dough should feel puffy and if touched lightly, the dough should not spring back and the dent remained)
Bring the water in the steamer to a very high boil and steam pau rolls for 8 - 10 minutes.