Kaya Buns. Red Bean Buns.


LY has lost confidence in my bread baking skills, because I failed in previous x3? x4? attempts. When I told him that I’m baking some bread, his words were, “aiyo, you sure? don’t later turn out like cake again.”

But!! All that were before I got my Kitchen Aid. Yes, I was so confident that this time round it is going to succeed, and..
I was right! Thank you #KitchenAid. Aww, love love love you.

I took this basic bread roll recipe, and made a few revisions (highlighted in blue) below.


1 1/2 cups warm water (110 degrees F/45 degrees C)
1 tablespoon active dry yeast
2 tablespoons white sugar
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 teaspoon salt
4 cups bread flour

Red Bean Paste
1 egg


In a large bowl, stir together warm water, yeast, and sugar. Let stand until creamy, about 10 minutes.
To the yeast mixture, add the oil, salt, and 2 cups flour. Stir in the remaining flour, 1/2 cup at a time, until the dough has pulled away from the sides of the bowl. Turn out onto a lightly floured surface, and knead until smooth and elastic, about 8 minutes. Lightly oil a large bowl, place the dough in the bowl, and turn to coat. Cover with a damp cloth, and let rise in a warm place until doubled in volume, about 1 hour.
Deflate the dough, and turn it out onto a lightly floured surface. Divide the dough into 16 equal pieces, and form into round balls.

Flatten the round ball, make a well in the middle and scoop generous servings of fillings – x8 kaya, x8 red bean paste onto the dough. Close it up and re-mould into round balls.

Place on lightly greased baking sheets at least 2 inches apart. I used a cupcake/muffin tray instead. You may choose to use that if you are making petite bread rolls, so you could make ~24 rolls instead.

Cover the rolls with a damp cloth, and let rise until doubled in volume, about 40 minutes. I waited only 20 minutes because the rolls has already grew too big for my tray. Beat the egg and brush the egg mixture over the rolls (like a glaze). I add sesame seeds on the red bean buns to differentiate them from the kaya.

Meanwhile, preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).
Bake for 18 to 20 minutes in the preheated oven, or until golden brown.

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