Friday, September 16, 2011

Sweet Potato Mantou

When I saw this Sweet Potato Mantou on Wendy's blog....I knew I had to make it eventhough I have the recipe book with mantou recipe. .  I can't believe that it is so easy to make and it tasted wonderful. Soft, light and fluffy and it taste more like a steamed bread than those store bought mantou which is more compact in texture. This is a keeper and shall be making more with different flavor. Wendy has one recipe which is banana mantou and I want to try that out too.  Great for breakfast and  when one feels like snacking on something light...I would recommend this simple to make mantou. I have some sweet potatoes which I bought a week ago and they have been sitting in the fridge drawer until I remembered them and turned them into mantou :)

I like the croissant shape better than the normal roll , it adds character to the mantou :) WB asked me this.." steamed croissant ? "   LOL!  He chomped down four pieces even before I  finished with the photo shooting session !

I like the small bits of sweet potato on the adds character to the steamed mantou making it more attractive and mouth-watering.  And I like the carrot color !  This is my second time making mantou but this is much better than the first time I make mantou.  Thanks Wendy for sharing the recipe :)

I steamed them for exactly 12 mins on high heat, set the timer so that I will not oversteamed them. I am pleased with the the sweet potato bits on the mantou . I did not make a full load of her recipe but  quatered it coz I like to eat mantou fresh out of the steamer and do not like to keep them overnight and reheat the next morning :) A quarter load can make about 9  pieces of dainty size mantou , just nice for the two of us.

**  the texture is so like the bread texture
 coz I forgot to melt the shortening :p

Sweet Potato Mantou  - adapted from Table For 2
Ingredients :-

500gm pau flour
250gm steamed orange sweet potato.
100gm sugar
1 Tbsp double action baking powder
½ tsp salt
40gm shortening, melted 
11gm yeast (1sachet)
½ tsp sugar
150ml water

1. Proof yeast with 1/2 tsp sugar and water until it froths.
2. Mix flour, D.A. B/P , sugar and salt together. Knead in steamed sweet potatoes. Flour mixture will look crumbly.
3. Pour in frothy yeast mixture and combine to form a dough. Knead until dough no longer sticky and turns smooth.
Add more flour if it's too sticky or more water(by the teaspoon) if it's way too dry. Only add in more water if u cannot gather all the flour into the dough. How much water depends on the moisture content of the sweet potato
4. When dough is smooth, knead in melted shortening, until dough no longer feels oily.
5. Leave to proof until double, about an hour.
6. Punch down and knead for another minute. Divide dough into 35gm pieces, and shape as u like. Leave to proof until shaped mantou has doubled.
7. Steam on high heat for 12-15 minutes.

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  1. This looks so beautifully puffed and soft. Bread or not, using sweet potatoes and making these yourself is so much better. I haven't attempted these before altho I came across a pumpkin mantou that I might want to try out and looking at these lovely mantous, it's even more incentive to get me going. :D

  2. These look so pillows! I bet they were delicious!

  3. Glad you liked these.
    It's because of the rolling and forming that you can get the bread like look of the crumb. If you just roll them into balls, they taste compact and mouthfeel not as good as those formed ones.
    After I found that formed ones taste so much beter than round ones, I never did round ones again, unless the recipe specifies it to be so, like the toddy meeku that I did, it's just formed like a peanut, no rolling whatsoever..

  4. beautiful texture..i made one batch too, now dont know where i placed my recipe...yours look really great!!

  5. Wow, looks yummy and nice colour!

  6. Ping...yea..I love sweet potatoes in anything...bread, mantou and sweet soup with pandan ...oh my favorite is baked them and eat it alone..yummy :)

    Ann...yea they taste like soft bread :)

    Wendy...thanks for the recipe..I love it! I guess the folding and rolling cause the nice fluffy texture :)

    Lena...can't wait to see yours :)

    Hester Chang...thanks :)

    Cheah....haha yea like egg yolk color...I love it taste wise and texture is nicer than those store bought mantou :)

  7. Just made these and they are awesome. :)

  8. Kenny.... glad you find them awesome;)