Thursday, January 29, 2015

Happy Valentine's - Rose Mantou by Angela Seah Thulin

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Ingredients -

1/2 tbsp yeast
75ml warm water (in microwave for 20-30secs, temp should feel slightly warm and not hot)...
1/2 tsp sugar

250g Bao flour or Hong Kong flour
4 tablespoons sugar
4 tablespoons oil
Pinch of salt
1 tsp of strawberry emulco
*Opt - add drops of pink coloring 

Steps -
1. Combine the part (A) in a bowl. Stir to mix well. Set aside for 20 minutes. The yeast mixture will rise and become foamy.
2. Stand mixer - In a mixing bowl, prepare part (B) and add the ready yeast mixture using low speed n combine them together for few minutes or by hand.

3. Place the ready dough at a warm place to proof for 45 mins covering with a damp cloth.
4. Remove from oven.

5. Weigh each dough to 9g and use a rolling pin to flatten the dough into flat round shape.
6. Make at least 5-6 (as the petals) of these and then overlayer them and roll them up.

7. Roll them up
8. Cut the dough as shown in the pic.

9. In boiling water, steam them for 15 mins line with baking sheet or parchment paper below in medium heat.

Before to steam pic >> you can see that the yeast is still activating and roses are still blooming away :)

Note: Should you wish to make two colors -
At step 2 after mixing them for a quick while and achieving a big dough, half the portion. Take the plain dough out (knead till smooth) and then send to proof. While the other, place it back into the same mixing bowl, add the strawberry emulco in and add 1 tbsp water and continue to knead by your stand mixer till all incorporated well.