Sunday, September 5, 2010

* Red Bean Flower Buns

            I had these  red bean buns in  one  of the Chinese bakery.Chinese  bakeries always  have  many  variety of  buns,breads,cookies.Buns are  widely  two types steamed and  baked with as many types of fillings you can think of,,,beef pork,chicken,veggies,beans.As  I love baking so  I thought of making the baked came out  good and is a nice  breakfast,snacks  option if you make it  ahead of time,But nothing can  beat   any fresh baked good for  sure.The filling stays  good in refrigerator  for a long time  so you can  make  ahead  and whenever you have time can  make  different stuffs,,After I made  these  buns I was left with  some red bean paste  and  I had tried  stuffed parathas(Indian  stuffed  flat  bread) and they  also  came out well,,,tasted kind of puran poli.So you have  endless options with the paste.

Here I'll  divide the making process into two parts: 
  • Red bean paste making 
  • Bun  making

This recipe makes 10 buns.

Red Bean Paste :

Ingredients  for  Red Bean paste:

1. Kidney beans - 1 cup (soaked  overnight)
2. Sugar - As per your taste(I used approx  1/2 cup)

Procedure  for Red Bean  paste:

1. Once the kidney  beans  are  nicely  soaked in water over night you  put in on a  blender  and make a        
    thick  fine  paste as  shown in picture.
2. Heat  a  pan  and  pour the bean paste ,Keep stirring,I used a non-stick pan  so was  easy.Once the  bean
    paste  thickens, add  sugar and  adjust to your taste.You will know Bean paste is ready, when you can 
    draw a line in the  pan.
3. Let the bean  paste  cool down a  little bit until you  can form  balls  from the  paste.Apply some  oil in 
   your  palms and  make small  balls. Keep them aside.
                                You  can put the paste in a  zip lock  and  keep in refrigerator  for  about  1-2  weeks and   can use  in any  other recipes as well.

Bun making :

 The  Bun is  made  from the regular  yeast  dough.
Ingredients for  the Bun :

1. All purpose flour : 1  cup
2. Milk Powder      : 1/8 cup (Optional )
3. Yeast                  : 1 tsp
4. warm water         : 1/2 cup (you can substitute milk)
5. Sugar                  : 1/2 tsp  (for  yeast to be active)
6. Salt                     : 1 pinch  (for  yeast to be active)
7. Egg                     : 1 (for  egg wash--Can be replaced  by milk if you want a  complete  vegan  version)
8. Sesame seed     : 1  tb sp(Optional for  decoration)

Procedure for  buns:

The  entire process  takes  around 1hr 30 mins  to 2 hrs.Plan  so as to fit in your  other chores in between so that you don't feel its  a  time consuming stuff.

1. In bowl of warm milk/ water mix in the yeast,sugar and salt and  leave it for  about 10 minutes.You  should  see  frothy stuff,,if  at the end of  10 minutes its  not frothy then its no good.throw it and  start all over  again.The reason  why the yeast wont react is  may  be the  milk is too hot to  kill the  yeast .And sometimes the yeast is very old and not good to use any more then throw that and buy a new packet.
2.Make a  dough  using this yeast mixture to the flour.And keep it aside  for  1  hour in a  warm  place.

3. After  1 hour  the  dough  would  have  risen  to double the  original size. Punch the  dough and keep another 10 mins. 

4. Then make  small balls with it and keep it covered  with the  kitchen towel so that they won't dry out.

5. Take a  ball of the dough  and  put the red bean  paste  ball in  it and  wrap  to make  the bun and  keep in the baking sheet  with the seal side down.Repeat  this with all the  balls and let it sit for  10 more minutes.Now switch on your  Oven ,so that it reaches the baking temperature when  you slide in the buns.

6. Now the Flower  part comes.To give the shape of  a flower as the  name says, cut  the  sides  with a pair of   scissors as shown in the picture.

7. Beat the  egg and   brush the bun top with a pastry brush and  sprinkle  some sesame seeds on top.

8. Slide the tray into the preheated oven   and  bake in 350 Degrees for  about 30 minutes.You can see nice golden brown colour on top.

Now these beauties are ready to  munch one.

Thanks for visiting  and  happy cooking.


  1. nice recipe..looks absolutely delicious..

    and about the camera..its just a nikon p90 ;)...i always take my pics in daylight, either in my balcony or a window side...i think that makes all the difference..the camera is just an ordinary one.

  2. hi nikki,
    those red bean buns looks very soft ,delicious n tempting ur detailed explanation n step by step clicks ...bookmarked ur recipe ...will surely give it a try ...happy to find u
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  3. I somehow bumped into ur blog n am glad I did. These buns are simply amazing!!! they look so softtt!!...I loved your step by step detailed explanation. whoever tries this now, cannot possibly go wrong...great work!

  4. Dear nikki,

    So sweet to see recipes of yours..... and this buns looks so yummy and great....

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  5. Hi Nikki

    bumped into your nlog from another have a lovely space here..Like your step by step demo..buns looks yummy !

    please visit me when you find little time:)

    cheers !

  6. Looks very delicious and tempting..very healthy buns..loved your step by step detailed explanation.

  7. Bun looks out of this world , very tempting

  8. Hello Nikki,

    Bun looks so soft and delicious, love the way you prepare the filling...

  9. Hello first time here... great find i must say. This bun is sure going to be an adventure for me. But your step by step pics are surely handy. Great job.

  10. love it,love it, love it,ur blog is really one of the blogs I really love visit often and drool over all pictures and I compelled me try some of the dishes(I never entered kitchen before)

  11. Thanks for inspirational words ,it encaurages me a lot.

  12. Hi NIKKI,

    That was a lovely presentation!!Keep going!!!


  13. Golden tempting...have to give this a try...bookmarked

  14. Thx for stopping by kothiyavunu and lending me ur lovely space..perfect baked buns...looks awesome and sounds healthy..hope to see u with more yummy treats..cheers!

  15. @sameera,vandana,Kothiyavunu,
    Thanks for visiting and the lovely comments

  16. Lovely post n great clicks. I am drooling here

  17. Nikki, sweetie, thank you so much for your visit and comment, I really appreciate it!
    ...and your buns...are hot! :)))) xoxo

  18. Yaar tu india mein kyun nahin hai !! aur woh bhi blore mein ,,kamse kam mujhe mast khane ko to milta :((


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