How many hours is the longest time you have ever spent in the kitchen?
I often thought that I wanted to make something simple but then I was caught in the flow and couldn't stop. Then I realized that I'd been spent hours in my tiny kitchen. That one afternoon on a national holiday was an example. I planned on making steam buns. But then I got an idea of shaping them like little chubby piglets.
The pink color was made out of pureed steamed beet. I used the smallest beet I had from my CSA. The different shades of pink were results of the length of steaming. The longer the buns were steamed, the lighter the pink color was! That's one new thing I learned that day.
Starter: 250 gr all purpose flour
1 sachet instant yeast
150 ml water
Mix all of the ingredients, let it rise until doubled.
Main ingredients: 100 gr all purpose flour
50 gr rice flour
70 gr powdered sugar
1 Tbs baking powder 1/4 tsp baking soda
5 Tbs beet juice from 1 steamed beet
50 gr salted butter
Mix all of the ingredients with the starter dough. Mix until the dough is well blended and shiny. Set aside some of the dough for the pig's ears, noses and tails. Divide the dough to 25-30-gram balls. Fill each ball with meat or mung bean filling. Shape the dough. Attach the body parts. Poke the nose. Glue 2 black sesame using white egg for the eyes. Steam for 10-15 minutes.