Purple Sweet Potato Rose Steamed Buns

5.0 from 6 reviews

Author: Anita Jacobson




Prep Time: 1 hour

Cook Time: 1 hour

Total Time: 2 hours

Serves: 12 buns


  • 125 gram peeled purple sweet potato
  • 100 ml (7 tablespoon - 1 teaspoon) warm water (38 Celsius/100 Fahrenheit)
  • 6 gram active dry yeast
  • 10 gram sugar
  • 250 gram Hong Kong pao flour (I use cake flour)
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 40 gram sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 25 gram unsalted butter, room temperature


  1. Steam purple sweet potato until fork tender. Transfer to a bowl, and mash with a fork into smooth paste.
  2. Mix together warm water with active dry yeast and 10 gram sugar. Set aside until frothy and foamy, about 10 minutes.
  3. Whisk together pao flour (or cake flour), baking powder, sugar, and salt in a mixing bowl. Make a well, add mashed sweet potato, and yeast solution. Knead into a non-sticky dough, about 10 minutes. Add unsalted butter, knead again until non-oily, another 10 minutes. The dough should become soft, smooth, and elastic.
  4. Place dough in an oiled mixing bowl. Cover with wet kitchen towel/saran wrap. Proof until volume is doubled, about 1 hour in a warm kitchen.
  5. Punch dough to release air bubbles. Knead for 2 minutes. Divide dough into 15 gram portions.
  6. To shape into rose: take 6 dough portions and roll each into a flat circle (~ 4" diameter). Arrange them side-by-side, half stacking on top of one another, then roll from one end to the other end (left-to-right, or top-to-bottom, depends on how you stack them). Take a piece of chopstick and cut the rolled log into two to form two rose buds. Place the rose buds in a cup cake liner. Repeat.
  7. Let the rose buns proof until volume is doubled, about 45 minutes in a warm kitchen.
  8. Prepare a steamer on a medium-high heat. Steam the buns for 12 minutes, turn heat off, and let the buns sit for another 3 minutes inside the steamer. Remove cover (gently so you no water drops onto the buns), take the buns out from steamer, and serve hot.

Another great recipe by https://dailycookingquest.com.