Pineapple buns (po lo bao) – updated
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  • 12 large buns What you will need: Dough starter: 5 Tbsp of bread flour ¾ cup milk Buns: ½ cup of milk ¼ cup sugar 1 extra large egg 4 Tbsp of softened unsalted butter or you can subs with coconut oil 2 Cups bread flour (more for dusting) 2 tsp of active dry yeast 1 tsp salt 1 egg yolk (beaten for brushing later) Pastry topping: ½ cup cake flour 4 Tbsp sugar ½ tsp salt 2 Tbsp of softened butter ¼ tsp baking powder Instructions: Place ¾ cup of milk and the bread flour in the mixing bowl. Whisk until there is no more lumps. Cook this mixture over medium heat until it is thickened, about 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and let it cool down Place dough starter, milk, sugar, egg in a stand mixer bowl and attach the dough hook. Mix the flour, yeast, and salt in another bowl. Turn on to"stir" and then gradually add in the flour mixture gradually from the side of the bowl and switch the speed to "2" (or higher depending on your mixer). The dough will be sticky at the beginning and will come together into a ball of dough, still slightly sticky to touch, but should be manageable. It took me about 10 minutes to knead the dough on machine. If you knead by hands, you need to knead it much more longer, probably 15-20 minutes to get the nice stretchy dough. Place the dough in a lightly oil bowl to let it rise until doubled in size, probably about 40 minutes to 1 hour In winter time, I preheat my oven at 170 F(the lowest) and then turn it off and wait for about 30 minutes before I put the dough in there. You don't want it to be too hot, just warm enough to let the dough rise Once the dough has doubled in size, punch the dough down and then roll it into a long log and cut into 12 equal pieces. Stretch the edge of each piece and tuck it back into the middle to form a ball. Placed on a parchment paper (seam side down) about 2-inch apart. Let it proof again for another 30 minutes. Start preparing the pastry topping. Mix the flour, sugar, salt and butter in a mixing bowl. It will still be a bit sticky. Use a plastic wrap to form it into a log. Wrap it with the plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes. Cut it into 12 equal pieces and use the plastic wrap to help you flatten the balls into a circle (not bigger than the size of your bun). We just want this pastry topping to sit on top of the bun. Place this circle on top of the bun. Repeat until you are done with all 12 buns Place them back in the refrigerator for about 15 minutes. Meanwhile, preheat your oven to 400 F. Brush the top of the bun with the beaten egg yolk. Bake them for about 10 minutes and then lower the temperature to 360 F and bake for another 15 minutes. Remove from the oven and let it cool down a little bit before serving. They are best served warm and can be kept up to 3 days for best result 3.5.3208

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