Inspired by Snowball

Snowball Beef Bao

These little Chinese buns not only look like snowballs, they're fun and easy to make too!
Servings

Servings:

18
Ready in

Ready In:

4 hours 10 mins
Mealtime

Good For:

Party Food
Snowball Beef Bao

Snowball is the assistant drone of Mei. The drone is usually seen stored on Mei’s ice tank of her back and is responsible for her ultimate, Blizzard. It can also be seen accompanying Mei in her emotes, sprays, and highlight intros.

Snowball is woken up by Mei after nine years of inactivity. From then on, the drone is seen always by Mei’s side, from giving her comfort after the discovery of her squad’s deaths to handing her hot cocoa and ramen during her work. However, during a power outage, Snowball sacrifices its battery life in order to give Mei some remaining energy that aids her in building the Endothermic Blaster. By the end of the short, Snowball is woken up once again by Mei after being fully recharged from a solar-powered machine on her back.

Ingredients

525g Plain Flour (plus extra for dusting)
1.5 tbsp Caster Sugar (plus a pinch)
1 tsp Fast Action Dried Yeast
50ml Milk
1 tbsp Sunflower Oil (plus extra for greasing and brushing)
1 tbsp Rice Vinegar
1 tsp Baking Powder

For the Fillings:
5 tbsp Hoisin Sauce
500g Beef Steak (sliced into strips)
2 Cucumbers (sliced into matchsticks)
Salad (to serve)

Whilst Snowball is a drone, I thought I’d take the literal meaning of Snowball into the inspiration dish by making balls of white buns called Bao buns. Whilst they are a Chinese bread, you do steam them rather than baking them when cooking. I’ve given mine a hoisin beef filling with cucumber matchsticks but you can go with a range of different fillings to suit.

Step by Step Instructions

Step 1
Mix together 525g plain flour, 1½ tbsp caster sugar and ½ tsp salt in a large bowl. Dissolve 1 tsp fast-action dried yeast and a pinch of sugar in 1 tbsp warm water, then add it to the flour with 50ml milk, 1 tbsp sunflower oil, 1 tbsp rice vinegar and 200ml water. Mix into a dough, adding a little extra water if needed. Tip the dough onto a lightly floured work surface and knead for 10-15 mins, or until smooth. Place in a lightly oiled bowl, cover with a damp cloth and leave to rise for 2 hrs, or until doubled in size.
Step 2
Tip the dough out onto a clean work surface and punch it down. Flatten the dough with your hands, then sprinkle over 1 tsp baking powder and knead for 5 mins. Roll out the dough into a long sausage shape, about 3cm thick, then cut into pieces that are about 3cm wide – you should have 18. In the palm of your hand, roll each piece of dough into a ball and leave to rest for 2-3 mins. Use a rolling pin to roll out each ball, one by one, into an oval shape about 3-4mm thick. Rub the surface of the dough ovals with oil and brush a little oil over a chopstick.
Step 3
Place the oiled chopstick in the centre of each oval. Fold the dough over the chopstick, then slowly pull out the chopstick. Cut 18 squares of baking parchment and put a bun on each. Transfer to a baking tray, cover with a clean tea towel or lightly oiled cling film and leave to prove in a warm place for 1 hr 30 mins, or until doubled in size. Heat a large steamer over a medium-high heat. Steam the buns for 8 mins until puffed up (you’ll need to do this in batches).
Step 4
Meanwhile make the filling. In a wok, add some oil and sizzle for 30 seconds before adding the beef strips. Add the hoisin sauce and mix to combine. Once cooked, prise open each bun and fill with our hoisin beef and cucumber matchsticks, and serve with some salad. Eat while they’re still warm.

Snowball Beef Bao

These little Chinese buns not only look like snowballs, they're fun and easy to make too!
Prep Time 4 hrs
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 4 hrs 10 mins
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Chinese
Servings 18 buns
Calories 119 kcal

Equipment

  • Wok
  • Steamer
  • Greaseproof Paper
  • Baking Tray
  • Cling Film
  • Chopsticks
  • Rolling Pin

Ingredients
  

  • 525 g Plain Flour plus extra for dusting
  • 1.5 tbsp Caster Sugar plus a pinch
  • 1 tsp Fast Action Dried Yeast
  • 50 ml Milk
  • 1 tbsp Sunflower Oil plus extra for greasing and brushing
  • 1 tbsp Rice Vinegar
  • 1 tsp Baking Powder

For the Fillings:

  • 5 tbsp Hoisin Sauce
  • 500 g Beef Steak sliced into strips
  • 2 Cucumbers sliced into matchsticks
  • Salad to serve

Instructions
 

  • Mix together 525g plain flour, 1½ tbsp caster sugar and ½ tsp salt in a large bowl. Dissolve 1 tsp fast-action dried yeast and a pinch of sugar in 1 tbsp warm water, then add it to the flour with 50ml milk, 1 tbsp sunflower oil, 1 tbsp rice vinegar and 200ml water. Mix into a dough, adding a little extra water if needed. Tip the dough onto a lightly floured work surface and knead for 10-15 mins, or until smooth. Place in a lightly oiled bowl, cover with a damp cloth and leave to rise for 2 hrs, or until doubled in size.
  • Tip the dough out onto a clean work surface and punch it down. Flatten the dough with your hands, then sprinkle over 1 tsp baking powder and knead for 5 mins. Roll out the dough into a long sausage shape, about 3cm thick, then cut into pieces that are about 3cm wide – you should have 18. In the palm of your hand, roll each piece of dough into a ball and leave to rest for 2-3 mins. Use a rolling pin to roll out each ball, one by one, into an oval shape about 3-4mm thick. Rub the surface of the dough ovals with oil and brush a little oil over a chopstick.
  • Place the oiled chopstick in the centre of each oval. Fold the dough over the chopstick, then slowly pull out the chopstick. Cut 18 squares of baking parchment and put a bun on each. Transfer to a baking tray, cover with a clean tea towel or lightly oiled cling film and leave to prove in a warm place for 1 hr 30 mins, or until doubled in size. Heat a large steamer over a medium-high heat. Steam the buns for 8 mins until puffed up (you’ll need to do this in batches).
  • Meanwhile make the filling. In a wok, add some oil and sizzle for 30 seconds before adding the beef strips. Add the hoisin sauce and mix to combine. Once cooked, prise open each bun and fill with our hoisin beef and cucumber matchsticks, and serve with some salad. Eat while they’re still warm.
Keyword Overwatch, Snowball

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