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Cream Corn Custard Bao / Cream Corn Custard Steam Buns

By Zoebakeforhappykids @bake4happykids
Like most Asians, we love steamed buns. Do you?
After steaming two delicious and successful varieties of custard buns at here (Liu Sha Bao) and here (Lai Wong Bao), I have set myself a constant mission to seek for more delicious Asian steamed bun recipes.

This cream corn custard steam buns recipe is fusion version of bao recipe adapted from Kimmy (Cooking Pleasure) and cream corn custard filling adapted from Kristy (My Little Space). I must say that this is a great combination as these slightly sweet and salty buns are actually made with healthier options.

Healthier options??? I'm not saying that these buns are the healthiest food like raw carrots and cucumbers. Ideally, they should be wholemeal but I'm making them with all possible healthier options.

How healthier? For the custard filling, I'm using just one egg to make enough filling to fill 18 large buns! In fact, majority of this custard filling are cream corn (99% fat free! 52% corn means more fiber! - Yay!), evaporated milk (98% fat free!) and corn flour with no butter, coconut milk or cream. The amount of sugar can be reduced according to taste and I reckon that the amount of sugar that I used is just good enough for us. For the bao, I'm using oil instead of shortening and it still works!

I have to say that this bao recipe from Kimmy (Cooking Pleasure) can make really huge and spongy buns! Unlike a few recipes that I have tried, this bao dough is not too wet or dry and easy to handle due to its stretchiness.

What are the special ingredients in this recipe? Its slightly higher water content, vinegar and... double-action baking powder! Interestingly, the chemical composite of both single-action and double-action baking powder produce the same amount of gas in similar amount. According to, single-action baking powder reacts in the presence of water to form bubbles but the reaction doesn't last if we over-mix or wait too long to bake our food. Whereas, double-action baking powder reacts in the presence of water and mostly when heat is applied. I guess this might be the reason why these buns are so spongy but not typically super snowy white or silky smooth. Overall, I would say that it is the elastic spongy texture that makes these buns tasting so good!

Notice that time has gone so quickly??? I like tearing pieces of date off from my old-fashion-one-day-per-page Chinese calendar. My dad said that I was crazy doing this but l have to say it is actually mind consoling sometimes doing this...

It is end of May now and the Little Thumbs Up with Milk theme is going to be over soon. We have a total of more than 205* entries linking with Tze from Awayofmind Bakery House this month. A number that is so huge that it goes beyond Tze's, Doreen's and my capabilities to visit all... I'm so sorry if we have failed to visit your post as we have tried to visit as many posts as we could... Tze is a fantastic and extremely responsible hostess and she has done so much for the Little Thumbs Up this month. A big Thank You to Tze and all of you!!! 
Now, are you ready to cook and bake anything with butter for the next Little Thumbs Up? If you do, please use butter with Paula Deen and Deen brothers' recipes for the coming Cook like a Star June 2014 event. Trust me! The Deens' recipes are really good!!!

* I will update the final number at the end of May.

cream corn custard bao steam buns

Very Spongy Cream Corn Custard Steam Buns

Cream Corn Custard Bao / Cream Corn Custard Steam Buns

Ingredients to make this cream corn filling with NO butter or cream!

Cream Corn Custard Bao / Cream Corn Custard Steam Buns

Making the filling is easy... Just mix, mix, mix...

Cream Corn Custard Bao / Cream Corn Custard Steam Buns

... and cook, cook, cook.

Cream Corn Custard Bao / Cream Corn Custard Steam Buns

You can fine-tune the consistency of the custard according to the way you want.

Cream Corn Custard Bao / Cream Corn Custard Steam Buns

Baking powder with hot water - See how double action baking powder works!

Cream Corn Custard Bao / Cream Corn Custard Steam Buns

This steam bun recipe uses vinegar and oil (as substitute for shortening) too.

Cream Corn Custard Bao / Cream Corn Custard Steam Buns

Allow buns to double in size before steaming.

Cream Corn Custard Bao / Cream Corn Custard Steam Buns

Steaming time can vary depending on the size of the buns and I did mine for more than 20 mins.

cream corn custard bao steam buns

Creamy and spongy!

Cream Corn Custard Bao / Cream Corn Custard Steam Buns

A big thumbs up for these nice and healthy can ingredients!

Here's the adapted recipes mostly from My Little Space and Cooking PleasureCream Corn Custard
Makes 18 large bun fillings

10g custard powder50g sugar
1 egg410g (1 can) cream corn
375g (1 can) evaporated milk
60g corn flour1 cup or more hot water (not boiling but hotter than warm)

Combine ingredients custard powder, sugar, cream corn with half amount of evaporated milk and cook over medium-low heat with constant stirring until sugar dissolved. Combine the other half of evaporated milk with cornflour and stir until well combined. Add cornflour mixture with constant stirring while cooking the cream corn mixture. Continue to cook and stir until mixture thickened.

Set aside to be cool. Refrigerate to firm up the custard texture.When the custard is ready to fill the buns, add hot water, one tablespoon at a time into the custard. Stir vigorously until water is well incorporated. Keep adding water and stir until the desired creamy consistency is achieved.Steam bun (Bao)
Makes 16 small buns or 12 large buns
350g all purpose flour (preferably bleached and low protein)
1 tsp double action baking powder
200ml water, lukewarm
40g caster sugar
1/4 tsp vinegar
1 tsp instant yeast
1 tbsp vegetable oil (I used rice bran)

In a large bowl, combine flour and baking powder and sift them together. To make bao dough, place water, sugar, vinegar and oil in the bottom of the breadmaker pan. Top with flour mixture. Add yeast the last and switch on the machine with "dough” setting.
If breadmaker is not available, combine all bao ingredients in a mixing bowl and knead to form a smooth dough (at least 20 mins) and then let it rise for 1 hr or until double in size.
When the dough is ready, divide into 12 portions. Meanwhile, set water to boil in a steamer.
Flatten the dough pieces with your hands, and place about 2 tbsp custard filling in the center. Pinch up the sides of the dough to completely enclose the filling.
Place each bao on each paper cup liner or a small piece of baking paper with its seam sides down. Rest the bao in warm mist for 20 mins.
When the bao has doubled in size, set water to boil in a steamer. Steam baos for about 10 mins or more until done. The steam timing varies if you have multiple layers of baos to steam and also smaller or larger baos to steam. For me, the layer that is closest to the direct steam will take 20 mins to cook the large baos. When the baos are cooked, switch off the heat and leave them in the steaming rack for a further 3 mins before uncovering to cool on rack as this will prevent wrinkle forming on the bao skin. Please note that this recipe will not produce super-white or silky-smooth baos and so don't panic if you see slight wrinkles on your bao skins.

Serve immediately but beware that filling can be steaming hot!
Note: When I made these buns, I didn't know this amount of filling can make 18 large buns and prepared enough dough to make only 12 buns. If I'm making more cream corn custard buns, I would prepare 1 1/2 amount of the above bao recipe in order to make 18 buns in the future. The leftover buns can be kept in freezer up to 1 months. The frozen (not thawed) buns can be easily re-heated by steaming or placing each in a microwave with high power for about a minute or less.
What did we do the extra filling? You can either store it in the fridge for 2-3 days but we just eat them on its own!
Happy Steaming

This post is linked to the event, Little Thumbs up organised by Doreen from my little favorite DIY and me, Bake for Happy Kids, hosted by Tze from Awayofmind Bakery House at this post.

Cream Corn Custard Bao / Cream Corn Custard Steam Buns

Only for this month (May 2014), Little Thumbs Up event starts on 1st May until the last day of the month. Please join us! To join, simply cook or bake any recipe with the theme of the month which is MILK for May 2014 and link with us at this post anytime until 31st May 2014. 

Don't forget your thumbs up or display this badge! And make sure that: (1) Your post must be a current post preferably within this month. (2) Please mention Little Thumbs Up in your post and link back to Bake for Happy Kidsmy little favorite DIY or/and Tze from Awayofmind Bakery HouseFor more details, please see this.

What after May 2014? Jozelyn from Spice Up My Kitchen will be the next hostess of June 2014 and her theme is BUTTERInstead of starting Little Thumbs up, BUTTER on the first Tuesday of the June 2014, Jozelyn has also requested to start hers on 1st June 2014 and so please note.

---In a few days time, we are cooking for Cook like a Star with Paula Deen's and Deen brothers theme for the whole month of June 2014.
Please join us, Joyce (Kitchen Flavours), Diana (Domestic Goddess Wannabe) and me (Bake for Happy Kids) and cook like Paula Deen soon!

Cream Corn Custard Bao / Cream Corn Custard Steam Buns

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