Cream Custard Bun ~ Pau

Sokehah Cheah | 1:10 AM | |



As there were some cream corn left from making the muffins, I was toying with the idea of what else to make out of it ..... finally jumped upon the idea of making these sweet 'Lye Yau Pau' or Cream Custard Pau.  As this was my first attempt,  I kept my fingers crossed that they'll turn out well.  I followed the recipe for custard filling from Kristy's blog but tweaked it a bit.  Thanks, Kristy for sharing!



Mix cream corn, custard powder, milk/soymilk, sugar and egg, keep stirring over low heat, test for sweetness and thicken with cornstarch.  Cool and kept refrigerated until ready for use.






See the 'gold' hidden in the pau, looks pretty .......





The custard filling was not too sweet as I've reduced the amount of sugar and it blended well with the soft and chewy pau.  Round it up with a hot cup of Chinese tea, relax and enjoy!

Ingredients
  • 500 gm pau flour
  • 2.1/2  flat tsp dried yeast
  • 100 ml lukewarm water
  • 125 gm sugar
  • 5 flat tsp shortening
  • 2.1/8  flat tsp baking powder
  • 1/4  flat tsp salt
  • 100 to 115 ml water  (adjust accordingly)
Filling
  • 2 flat Tbsp custard powder
  • 8 Tbsp cream corn
  • 1/2 cup milk/soymilk   ( I used soymilk)
  • 3 oz granulated sugar
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 60 gm cornflour + 1.1/2 cups water
Method for Filling
  1. Mix all the above ingredients  except for the cornflour mixture, cook under low heat, keep stirring.
  2. Taste for sweetness, then add in the cornflour mixture, cook till it thickens.
  3. Dish out, cool and keep refrigerated before use.
Method for Pau
(A)
  1. Mix dried yeast with lukewarm water, stir.
  2. Add in 130 gm sifted pau flour, mix well, lightly form into a ball.  Set aside for 15 mins.
(B)
  1. Mix the balance 370 gm sifted pau flour with the baking powder, sugar and salt.
  2. Pour (B) into (A), add in shortening and water sparingly, kead till dough doesn't stick onto hands.
  3. Cover dough with a wet cloth and let it proof till double in bulk, about 1 hr to 1 hr 30 mins.
  4. Dough is ready for shaping when an indentation of your finger is left upon pressing the dough.  Knock out some air from the dough, knead for a while.
  5. Roll out onto a lightly floured surface, weigh out the dough, 50 gm each, about 18 pieces.  Form into a ball and while working on one, cover the rest with a damp cloth.
  6. Flatten a ball of dough with the palm of your hand, put in filling, about 2 tsp, wrap it up, pleat up the edges and place on a piece of greaseproof paper.  Let it stand for about 15 mins, before steaming.
  7. Meanwhile, prepare a steamer and let the water boil rapidly.
  8. Continue the wrapping and pleating process with the rest of the dough balls.
  9. Arrange the pau on a steamer rack, not too close, allow space for the pau to rise. 
  10. Steam the pau under rapidly boiling water on high heat for about 10 to 12 mins.
  11. Remove the steamer cover quickly and carefully, taking care not to spill any condensed steam onto the pau.
  12. Serve hot.

17 comments:

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  1. Very nicely done, nice golden colour indeed. Can imagine how delicious they are:D

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  2. I like to use lotus paste as well. so yummy!

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  3. Cheah...great paus! Sweet corn in the custard..great combo :) Thanks for sharing this and btw what brand of pau flour u used? so white like those bought ones.
    I used those pau flour but it turned out slight yellowish...why?

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  4. Thanks, Jeannie

    penny, I like lotus paste as well. Need to get it from the baking ingredients shop. Cooking it by myself is a strict, no, no!

    Elin
    The pau flour is from Intrico. It just says 'Pau Flour' on the packing, not their home brand. I did steam them again the next day and was surprised that they didn't turn yellow.

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  5. Your pau look great, but I prefer savoury pau than sweet pau..but my kids will like this.

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  6. Oh dear...now you make me miss home again! The paus back home were fantastic. I have to make one of these days. If not I have to go to you for some...haha. I love custard filling ones too.

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  7. Oh dear, Cheah, this is my favourite pau but no one selling this kind of pau at the Southern part. So I have to make my own. Great job!
    Btw, for Elin! You can add in a tspn of vinegar to the water before stirring to the flour. It helps to whiten the dough. Ah, now you huh! hehe....
    Hope you're having a nice day.
    Cheers, Kristy

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  8. I have never tried pows with this filling but it sounds yummy.

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  9. I am craving for pau for the last few days and I must look for some pau flour after seeing this delicious treat!

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  10. One of my favorite specially custard filling. yum!

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  11. This looks so delicious! I love custard buns esp the deep fried ones.

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  12. Sonia, I like savoury ones too but once in a while don't mind a sweet one though!

    Mary, be my guest!

    Kristy, Thanks for the tip, hope Elin sees this one!

    Biren, perhaps you can give it a shot!

    3 hungry tummies, Feel a bit homesick?

    lani, give it a try!

    pigpigscorner, would love to try deep fried ones!

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  13. Oh wow, these buns look beautiful and delish! Yum!

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  14. Hi, can I use bread maker to make the dough?

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    1. I haven't tried with bread maker but I don't think it's advisable as you'll need to feel the texture of the dough, how much more or less water to add when you're kneading it. As long as the dough is not sticky, it's ok already.

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  15. Hi, this looks so good! If I want to make the custard filling without sweetcorn, how can I adjust the recipe? My kids are not so fond of corn but they love custard!Grateful for any pointers u can give on this, thanks!

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    1. I googled and chance upon this blog

      http://happyhomemaker88.com/2007/09/17/yummy-cream-puffs-recipe/

      Maybe you can try her recipe for custard filling, if the mixture is not thick enough to form a paste, perhaps you can add in some custard powder or even more cornflour OR cook longer to make it thick. Hope this helps.

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