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Wheat Mantou Recipe (馒头)

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Wheat Mantou Recipe (馒头)

Ingredients:

2 ½ cups of whole wheat flour
1 cup of wheat pastry flour
2 teaspoon of yeast
2 teaspoon of baking powder
½ cup of warm water
¼ cup of sugar (or more if desire)
1 ¼ cup of warm milk (more or less as needed)
Coffee filters (for lining the buns)

Method:

In a small bowl combine the sugar and yeast with the ½ cup of warm water. Stir until the sugar is dissolve and set aside for 10 minutes.

In your stand mixer bowl combine the whole wheat flour and wheat pastry flour together.

Attached a spiral dough hook to your mixer and set the speed to STIR. Add in the sugar and yeast mixture. Slowly pour in 1 cup of warm milk. If needed, add another ¼ cup.

When all the ingredients are combine and pieces of dough begins to form, switch the speed of your mixer to 2. This will knead the dough.

Knead it for about 1 or 2 minutes until a ball of dough forms. Don’t over knead your dough.

Loosely cover it with plastic wrap and let it rise in a warm place until it is double in size. This would take about an hour.

In the meantime, take one coffee filter and cut it in half. Take the half and cut it into 4 pieces. Repeat until all the coffee filters are cut. Set aside. Depending on the size of your buns, you might need more or less coffee filter linings. These would be use as linings for the bun.

An hour later, in a small bowl mix the baking powder and 2 tablespoons of water together.

Pour the mixture into the dough and knead until it is mix in. Once again, remember not to over knead your dough.

Form the dough into a ball, cut the dough in half, and then half the half. With a rolling pin, roll the dough flat. Starting with one end of the dough, roll that side towards you until you form a log. Pinch and tuck the side ends together. Cut the log of dough into the desirable sizes you want the buns to be. Place a piece of the cut coffee filter paper on the bottom of each bun. Set them on the steaming tray.

Depending on the size of your buns and how many you have in one tray, the buns would take between 10 to 15 minutes to be cooked in a steamer.

Serve them hot.

If you are planning to freeze them, steam it and let it cook down before placing them in a zip lock bag.

35 COMMENTS... read them below or add one

  1. When the mantou is hot, it soft; but when you leave it after 30 minutes, it is as hard as rock. Is it all home-made mantou like this? Or it is because of the flour? I use the white flour that i brought in the supermarket, and i didn’t use any cake flour.

    • Usually mantou do get a little stiff when they are cool down, but they should never be hard as a rock. If they are hard, I think the problem might be either you did not add enough baking powder, over working the dough, or the type of flour you use. The first time I made mantou I over worked my dough and they turned out hard.

  2. I want FriedWonton4..ME. Can we share, Bee? :)
    I never heard of wheat mantou before. Once again, i come here and i learn something new. It looks equally delicious and intriguing. Thanks for sharing and congrats to Shao!

  3. paulchoo

    what is the difference between the whole wheat flour and wheat pastry flour? For plain mantou,do i replaced all purpose flour with whole wheat flour and cake flour with wheat pastry flour? thank u in advance!

    • For plain mantou you would use a mixture of all purpose flour and cake flour. The all purpose flour replaces the whole wheat flour and the cake flour replaces the whole wheat pastry flour.

      The difference between the two wheat flour is wheat pastry flour is lower in gluten vs. regular whole wheat flour. It’s almost similar in difference between all purpose white flour vs. cake or pastry flour. With pastry flour you get a softer texture rather than a firmer chewier texture with regular flour.

  4. DailyChef

    Ooh, wheat mantou! I usually had the white ones growing up, but I remember enjoying the different texture of the wheat ones for a change. Thanks for the reminder – I’ll have to bring these back next time.

  5. sawsiamhong

    Hello Shao, The mantou looks yummy. I like mantou but I’m a diabetic. Can i decrease the amount of sugar and what type of milk shall I use? Also can I line the steamer with tea towels? cos i don’t know where to get the coffee liner. I will try it one day. Thank you

    • Yes, you can definitely decrease the amount of sugar. The amount I listed is more of my own personal taste to how sweet I like it. Feel free to change it up. I used whole milk in the recipe but I have also made mantou with 2% milk before and didn’t notice any big difference. As for using tea towels as lining, I never tried that before but I think it should work out. Interesting idea though. Please let me know how it goes :)

      • sawsiamhong

        Thank you very much for your information. I’ll let you know if I make the mantou but don’t know when. CNY is coming and need to start spring cleaning. Anyway early greetings for a Merry Chritmas and a Happy New Year.

  6. Paulchoo

    I really want to try this recipe.I have 3 more questions
    1) can i use instant yeast? is it the same quantity?
    2) why must use ‘warm’ water and milk? what is the temperature?
    3) I don’t have a stand mixer,can i hand knead to achieve the right texture?
    I am sorry to ask so many questions as i am a beginner in cooking and baking.Thank u in advance!

  7. Piaanna

    I love 馒头。
    They were served usually at chinese weddings(:
    But I had the plain white ones!
    They were delish! Especially with fried pork or just any meat!
    They had slight sweetness to it. Which I loved!
    I was born in Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur.
    And left there 3 years ago…(Here in United States, Utah)… and NOW, I’m 15. I love to cook!
    I missed all the wonderful foods there.
    I just went back there this summer and had a lot of fun and I had a list already to eat what I missed out these three years.
    I tried my favorite: Laksa, Ota-Ota, Nasi Lemak…
    You have all that recipe on here and it helped out a lot!
    Thanks You for all the effort you put in to this website!
    Love,
    Piaanna/Rui Fang(:
    I’ll definitely try this recipe!

  8. I was thinking about making mantou and came across this wonderful recipe! I don’t have wheat pastry flour…so I’m to use cake flour. hope it would work. drooling…oh, and mantou should be great with condensed milk

  9. Jennifer L

    I made these for my parents today. They didn’t say much other than “they’re good” but they usually don’t say much. I had fun making them and I enjoyed that fresh steamed mantou smell in the kitchen. Thank you for the recipe

  10. Firrhaaana

    Hi,
    These look delicious and I really would love to make them! Do you think a double boiler would work the same as a steamer?

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