Dim Sum Guide: Baked Pineapple Buns

 Posted by on March 29, 2012 at 6:04 am  Food & Cooking  Add comments
Mar 292012
 
Baked pineapple buns
Baked pineapple buns

Baked pineapple buns

For good reason, pineapple buns (bo lo bao) are a very popular dessert. These buns get their name from the fact that the crunchy, sweet top crust closely resembles a crisscross pineapple pattern. Beneath the cookie-like top crust, the soft wheat bun holds a sweet, thick custard filling.

Sweet custard filling in a pineapple bun

Sweet custard filling in a pineapple bun

Pineapple buns are a big hit with kids (and almost everyone else I know). I remember how my youngest daughter in her preschool days would first lick and nibble the cookie crust from the very top of the bun. Once she was temporarily satiated with the cookie crust layer, she would proceed to “drill down” directly to the sweet creamy custard filling, lapping it up as she went along. The sides of the bun, mostly bread, would be the last to be devoured.

Pineapple buns are often found in Chinese bakeries as well as dim sum restaurants.  Some bakeries offer as good, if not better, buns than restaurants.

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  2 Responses to “Dim Sum Guide: Baked Pineapple Buns”

  1. Where is the recipe for the Pineapple Buns?

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