Soft and fluffy mantou (steamed buns) are favorites from kids to adult. I added matcha and nutella to the dough to create two color tones and flavors. They are definitely kids approved!
Mantou or Chinese plain steamed bun was my childhood favorite and still is. I remember having that for afternoon tea snacks. It’s like steamed buns, but usually without any filling inside and has a half-circle shape, soft and fluffy. Mantou is a staple of the Chinese. It can be eaten on its own or with some sweet spread like jams, condensed milk, etc or to accompany savory dishes. Mantou can be steamed or deep-fried too.
I originally going to just do a plain mantou, but I thought hey..let’s spice things up a little bit. Afterall, I’m a matcha freak and one can’t go wrong with nutella either!
I’m not exactly sure how to name this recipe to be honest! I didn’t spread the mantou with nutella. The nutella is infused into the dough and there you see the chocolate color!
Matcha Nutella Mantou (Steamed Buns)
- 20 square parchment paper for steaming the buns
This recipe doesn't require you to activate the yeast by dissolving it in liquid. Place all the ingredients for matcha dough in a mixing bowl of stand mixer with dough hook attachment and knead until the dough comes into a non-sticky dough. Add a bit more milk or flour if it's too dry and vice versa
If you are not using stand mixer, mix all the ingredients in a large mixing bowl and use your hand to knead until the dough comes together and no longer sticks to your hand
Cover the dough and let it rest for 10 minutes while preparing the nutella dough
Repeat the same steps for nutella dough. Start with 50 ml of milk and then add a bit more so that the dough can come together and no longer sticky. Cover the dough and let it rest for 10 minutes
Dust your work surface with some flour. Work with one dough at the time. Roll matcha dough into about 15 x 8 inch rectangle. Roll nutella dough into about the same size. Don't stress out if they are not exactly the same size. Just do your best. They won't be perfect rectangles either
Cut the matcha dough into half horizontally and do the same for nutella dough. So now you have 4 dough sheets. This is just to create 2 varieties of color options: matcha on the outside on half of them and nutella on the outside on the other half. Still with me ??
With the longer side of the dough near your body, stack nutella dough on top of matcha dough and roll the dough up as tightly as you can. Do the same with the others by stacking matcha dough on top of nutella dough and roll up. You have 2 rolls
Use a dough cutter to cut each roll into 10 equal portions (or more if you want them smaller). You might have to trim off both ends of the roll. They are still edible. It's more for presentation
Place these freshly cut mantou on top of parchment paper (seam side down). Cover with cloth and let the rest for 45 minutes
Bring the water in a steamer to a boil. Wrap the lid with a cloth. This will prevent water dripping from the lid and too much steam will make the bao wrinkly. Place some of the buns on the steamer and steam on high heat for about 5 minutes. Continue with the rest. They are best when served warm
I usually made this in big batch and store the rest by placing them in a freezer bag. They can be stored up to 1 month. Try not to stack them so they won't stick to each other in the freezer. I store them flat on the freezer. They can be reheat on the steamer for about 5 minutes and as good as new
My kids love any kind of steamed buns, but these…they love these even more! Perhaps it’s the spiral of colors? These buns are just slightly sweet. The kids love to eat them on their own without any spread!
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