Thursday, February 17, 2011

Sweet Buns "Banh Mi Ngot"

My mom absolutely loves these sweet buns found in Chinese bakeries so I tried to make them at home. I searched up several recipes and finally emerged several recipes into my own. My method does not use a "bread paste" as a starter but I will try one in the the near future for my bread baking.

Sweet Bread Buns 

1 cup warm water
5 tsp yeast
1 tsp sugar

1 1/2 cup milk
2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup butter, melted
3/4 or 1 cup of sugar (depends on how sweet you like it)

2 eggs, beaten
5 tbsp oil

2 tsp salt
4 ½ cups of all purpose flour

Egg wash:
1 egg
2 tbsp milk
2 tbsp sugar

1.      Place yeast and sugar in a bowl. Add in water and whisk to dissolve. Let proof for 10 minutes.
2.      In a saucepan, heat milk, vanilla, butter and sugar while stirring; DO NOT LET IT BOIL. Remove from heat and let cool till warm to touch. Add in beaten eggs and stir with a wooden spoon till smooth. Add in oil.
3.      In a large bowl or a mixer bowl, add in 1 cup of flour and the yeast mixture. Mix by hand or a dough hook until combined. Add in milk mixture and continue to mix. Add in a cup of flour and the salt until it is fully incorporated; then add in another cup of flour. Repeat until all of the flour is used up and a sticky ball of dough is formed.
4.      Turn sticky dough on a smooth, clean surface, dusted with flour. Knead for 5-7 minutes adding more flour until dough is smooth and not longer sticky. Knead into a big ball. In a large bowl, grease with 2 tbsp oil and place dough inside. Cover with a towel and leave in a warm place for 1 hour.
Preheat oven to 300 degrees Celsius.
5.      After 1 hour, dough should have raised double in bulk. Grease a round cake pan or a rectangular baking pan. Cut dough with a knife into equal portions, making each portion weigh around 50-70 grams; roll up into balls. Assemble into pans, leaving a bit of space between each ball for expansion.
6.      After you are done assembling, cover with a towel and leave for 1 hour.
Prepare egg wash by beating egg, sugar and milk together.
7.      After 1 hour, brush with egg wash, and bake for 30-35 minutes until golden brown.(DO NOT OPEN OVEN DOOR WHILE THE BREAD IS BAKING)
When bread is done, let cool for 5 minutes, loosen sides with butter knife and remove from pans; transfer to racks and cool completely.

Good luck!!


  1. Are you sure that's 300 degrees Celsius? That would be about 572 degrees Fahrenheit

  2. Maybe she means 300 degrees Fahrenheit, since everything is measured by cups and tbsp and tsp?