A twist on a comfort food favorite. It’s safe to assume that many of us don’t own a proper steamer, but we all probably have an oven. So why not make baked buns instead?
Baking adds another dimension of flavor as the buns will brown while they simultaneously fill your house with a mouthwatering aroma.
Kara from Knead Bake Cook shared these delicious Baked Scallion & Sesame Buns with us. Her process is easy to follow along and the end result is a beautiful batch of buns to share with your friends and family.
- 3 cups flour
- 1 cup warmed milk
- 1 teaspoon active dry yeast
- 1 tablespoon oil
- 2 teaspoons sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 bunch green onions, chopped
- 2 tablespoons sesame oil
- 2 tablespoons soy sauce
- sesame seeds
- Proof the yeast with the warm milk and sugar until the mixture is bubbly, about 5-10 minutes. Once the yeast is proofed, pour it in a large bowl followed by the oil and salt. Stir to combine.
- Slowly add the flour, 1/2 cup at a time until a dough comes together. Dump it on a floured work surface and knead for about 10 minutes or until the dough is smooth and elastic.
- Place the dough in a warm, greased bowl and cover with plastic wrap and a damp towel. Set aside to rise in a warm place for about 1 -1.5 hours or until it has doubled in size.
- In the meantime, chop the green onions and whisk together the soy sauce and sesame oil in a small bowl.
- When the dough has risen, punch it down and cut it into 12 equal pieces. Shape these pieces into small balls and cover loosely with a damp towel so they don't dry out.
- Take one dough ball and roll it into an oblong oval. Brush it with the soy sauce and sesame oil mixture. Make 6-8 vertical cuts within the dough. Be careful not to cut the dough into strips. Sprinkle with sesame seeds and green onions. Alternatively, you could sprinkle with sesame seeds and green onions first and then cut the dough. It all tastes the same.
- Take the top and bottom and roll inwards on a diagonal until the dough meets in the middle. Roll that log into a snail shape. Tuck the end underneath and place on a lined baking sheet. Continue with the rest of the dough.
- Set aside in a warm place for the second rise, about 30-45 minutes.
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Brush each bun with the soy sauce and sesame oil mixture and sprinkle with more sesame seeds. Bake for 10 -15 minutes or until the buns are golden brown on the top.
- Set to cool on a wire rack.