55 grams Potato starch
15 grams SAF yeast (3 tsps)
can Warm water
cup Fresh milk
cup Warm water
110 grams Shortening
3 teaspoons Salt 3
200 grams sugar 1 inch thick
1 medium eggs 4 pieces
500 grams Pork (with skin and fat) diced in small pieces
cup Soy sauce
4 cloves Garlic minced
1 teaspoon Black pepper
1 Bay leaf crumbled into large pieces
2 smalls pieces Star anise
1 cup Water
2 tablespoons Cornstarch
Dough:1. Proof yeast in 1/4 cup water and 1/4 tsp. sugar.
Sift together 3 cups flour with the potato starch. In a mixer blend together sugar, shortening, proofed yeast, eggs, flour and salt. Mix at medium speed until well blended and slightly thickened. Stir in enough flour (by hand) using a large rubber spatula to make a soft dough. Dump in well floured working table and knead in remaining flour until you end up with a very smooth, pliable dough. Round out the dough.
Place dough in a well greased bowl and let it rise for 1 1/2 hours or until double. (You can give it two risings).
Punch down and place in a greased work table. Cut out 75 gm pieces, roll and rest for about 10 minutes. Flatten each piece with your palm and with the heel of your right hand flatten the outer edges to make a rough round shape (middle part should be thicker than the edges). Place about a tablespoon of filling in the center and spread with a spoon. Gather edges together and seal top by pinching. You should come out with a round bun. Place in large greased muffin tins and flatten top slightly. Cover with a large greased plastic and set aside to rise for at least 1 1/2 hours or until almost double.
When oven is preheated to 350*F paint the tops with 1 egg beaten with 2 teaspoons milk. Bake for 18 to 20 minutes. Remove buns from tins and cool completely.
Yield: 24 pieces.
Asado Filling:1. Place pork pieces in a casserole or saucepan and mix in all ingredients except 1 C water. Marinate for at least 30 minutes.
Pour in water, boil at medium heat, mixing occasionally. Simmer at low heat for 1 to 1 1/2 hours or until pork is very tender and liquid seems thick. If necessary add a tablespoon more of water and continue simmering.
Prepare cornstarch mixture and add to pork. Mix well but do not boil as this might make the fat separate from the sauce. Sauce should be very thick. Cool completely before using. (Can be prepared 1 day ahead, refrigerate).
Make sure none of the filling comes in contact with the edges of the dough before you close it, it will be impossible to seal it if it does.
I bake the buns in large ensaimada molds, I think they look like brioche molds, but I'm not sure. They come out very attractive with grooves on the side.
Filipinos generally don't like bread that's too brown so I usually cover the tops with a greased foil after 12 minutes of baking.