Happy New Year of 2018!
After the holiday period, do you feel overloaded with a lot of meat and wine? As for me, this year I unfortunately managed to eat not too much, because I was sick. Actually it was not only me, the whole family got beaten down starting from the Christmas Day until the New Year’s Eve. It was my husband, who was the first to start the fever, then commenced me and my son. It was not how we planned and was definitely not a good way of ending the 2017. But we skipped over-eating and gaining weight.
After the whole week of battling with the virus, I finally feel like myself again. Now with my appetite back, I crave for something sweet, a dessert! I searched inside the kitchen, and couldn’t find much ingredient. Given what we had been through during the past week, food shopping has now become our first task of the year.
While my husband was ordering online the grocery home delivery, I dug out the only ingredient left that could be used for dessert making, the sweet potato, and started to make the Asian Puff Pastry 番薯酥饼.
Water-oiled crust (水油皮):
- Flour 200g
- Butter 50g (room-temperature)
Oil pastry (油酥):
- Flour 80g
- Olive oil 25g
- Mashed yam/ sweet potato
- Five spice powder
Rub the room-temperature butter into the flour, then add water to mix everything into a dough.
Mix all the ingredients together, without adding water. Here we will get an oiled dough for later use.
Mix the mashed yam with all the flavorings. Adjust the quantity of each flavoring according to your preferences.
- Divide the crust and the oil pastry into 8 portion.
- Flatten the water-oiled crust and use it as a wrap to pack up 1 portion of the oil pastry.
- Flatten the combined dough of step 2, and roll it up from one end to the other.
- Do the above steps for all the 8 portion of the crust and oil pastry. Then rest for 30 minutes.
- Roll the rested crust-pastry dough into a round shape wrap (preferred to leave the center thicker than rest part). Put some filling in the center, and seal the wrap into a bun.
- Place all the 8 buns on a tray with the seal facing down. Press down the buns gently into flat shape.
- Brush some water on top of the surface, then sprinkle some white sesames.
- Preheat the oven into 180°C. Bake the pastries for 10-15 minutes.
When the pastries were just out from the oven, my son couldn’t wait to taste it. He was the witness of the whole preparation, and now he felt that they were also his hard-work.