(This is what the dough looks like after the second rising. It feels so good and soft.)
1 and 1/3 c. water
2 and 1/2 c. white flour.
1/2 c. wheat flour
1 t. salt
1/3 - 1/2 t. yeast
(go crazy on this and improvise using cabbage as a base)
organic napa cabbage
organic fresh shiitake mushrooms
organic green onions
1 t. organic ginger
1 organic happy chicken eggs
organic soy sauce
organic olive oil
1 T. organic cornstarch
1 t. organic honey
This is my no-knead recipe adaption, which is so easy as long as you have a little forethought. Mix the flour salt and yeast in a pot. Add the water and stir until incorporated. Put a lid on the pot and keep in a warm place (I use my pilot-light warmed oven). Let the dough sit for 12-18 hours. Mix it once more, and let rise for an hour.
As you wait for the second rise, prepare your filling. Decant olive oil into a hot pan and sweat your onions, garlic, and ginger. Add chopped cabbage and mushrooms. Add a little water and let steam. Add chopped green onions, to cook for about a minute, and then add your cornstarch slurry and stir (Mix 1/4 c. water, 1 1/2 T. cornstarch, 1 t. honey, and 3 T soy sauce (or to taste)). Reserve some fresh green onions to add at the end.
I decided to add eggs for protein (my mom would have used pork or chicken). Mix 2-3 t. of soy sauce, 1/4 c. of water, and 1 T. of cornstarch in a small bowl. Add organic egg and scramble. Fry in a hot pan with olive oil. As it cooks, agitate the eggs slightly with your spatula. Flip it.
Now take a baby's handful of dough, pat it into a circle, flour it for easy handling, and put your filling in the middle. Bring the outer edges up, and seal into a nice pucker with your fingers.
Steam these beauties until they puff up with love and pride. In this picture, you will notice that I used nasturtiums leaves to keep the buns from sticking, but any edible leaf works just as well.
These steam buns were wonderful. I made them the night before Ariel and I flew down to San Diego to see our friends' wedding. The buns went down well at the airport as we watched the new sun lick its way up the sky (rarely do we get up so early), and then again in our hotel room as we clicked our way through the cable channels (we don't have a t.v. at home), and then gobbled them up again as we walked 10 miles into town (we avoid fossil fuel transport when possible). As Ariel and I are going to get married ourselves (Yeah!!!!) , sharing these steam buns further sealed our fate as family. What could be more perfect than the simple act of sharing a steam bun with someone you love?