Easiest Way to Prepare Perfect Sourdough Bao

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Sourdough Bao.

Sourdough Bao You can cook Sourdough Bao using 5 ingredients and 5 steps. Here is how you cook it.

Ingredients of Sourdough Bao

  1. It’s 80 g of Sourdough starter (quite runny, straight from fridge).
  2. You need 140 g of All purpose flour.
  3. It’s 50 ml of water.
  4. You need 1 tbsp of sunflower, sesame or coconut oil.
  5. It’s 1 tsp of sugar.

Sourdough Bao step by step

  1. In the morning, dissolve the starter in the water and mix in all the other ingredients. Knead just enough to make a dryish dough. Cover with clingfilm and leave to rise at room temp.
  2. Throughout the morning, do a cycle of folds every hour or so. Don't let it get in the way of life though. Missing a few folds won't hurt..
  3. 4 hours before dinner, the dough should have doubled in size. Cut the dough into 4 pieces, flatten and shape into buns (do that thing where you stick baking parchment inside so that the two halves don't stick together). Place on baking parchment. I like to put them inside a steamer at this point so that they are ready to go at dinner time..
  4. Put steamer in the oven with the light on (in my oven this gives a temperature of about 40-50C). Leave until dinner time. Don't be afraid to prove the hell out of the buns. They should really be big and puffy by the end of this step..
  5. Buns should be nice and puffed up. Now add cold water to the steamer and put it over a medium heat. When the water starts boiling, start the timer. After 15 or 20 mins they are done!.

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