Steamed Chocolate Swirl Buns

I wanted to find make a quick and easy bread recipe that didn’t require to many ingredients and I thought a steam bun might be it. A plain old steamed bun sounded boring so I added chocolate to it to kick it up a bit.

Here are the ingredients needed for this recipe:

  • 4 cups all-purpose flour, divided
  • 2 cups warm water, divided
  • 2 tsp. instant yeast, divided
  • 1/2 cup sugar, divided
  • 2 Tbsp. cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt, divided

Step 1: In two large bowls, add 1 cup warm water, 1/4 cup sugar, and 1 tsp. yeast and allow yeast to bloom for 10 minutes.

Step 2: Once yeast is foamy add 2 cups of all-purpose flour and 1/4 tsp of salt to each bowl

Step 3: Sift cocoa powder into one bowl

Step 4: Mix both bowls until dough forms

Step 5: Knead each dough until they become smooth, about 15 minutes.

Step 6: Cover doughs with a wet towel, plastic wrap the bowl, and allow to rise for 30 minutes.

Step 7: Flatten each dough and roll them out length-wise to a similar size

Step 8: Place one dough on top of the other (you may need to stretch it out a bit to be the same size)

Step 9: Roll the doughs together length-wise

Step 10: Cut into 1 1/2 – 2-inch thick pieces (I recommend cutting them 1-inch thick, they will puff out during the steaming process)

Step 11: Cover them with a wet cloth and allow to rise again for 20 minutes.

Step 12: While buns are rising cut out square pieces of parchment or waxed paper.

Step 13: Place buns on pieces of parchment or waxed paper and into a cold steamer

Step 14: Turn stove on high heat for 12-15 minutes depending on the size of the steamer and buns.

Step 15: Turn off the heat and wait 3 minutes before opening the lid.


For a plain steamed bun I recommend using the recipe on this site [Mantou 饅頭 (Chinese Steamed Buns)]

3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Beth
    Dec 19, 2011 @ 13:34:57

    Thanks for the step by step tutorial. These kinds of posts are so helpful. How does the texture differ between steamed buns and baked ones?


    • suzaku24
      Dec 19, 2011 @ 15:06:13

      Steamed buns are softer in texture without the crust of a baked bun and can be cooked faster than a baked bun. But you have to know the timing when steaming bread. Because if you over steam it, it becomes lumpy and turns yellowish.


  2. frugalfeeding
    Dec 19, 2011 @ 14:05:20

    Yummy! they look SO delicious.


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