Here's a great spin on the regular Taco Tuesday!
Fluffy little steamed buns that take the lovely shape of a taco to be filled with whatever your heart desires!
Here I made a BBQ Jackfruit filling.
WTF if Jackfruit you ask? (or exclaim)
Well hold tight cause you are about to dive into a whole new level of Vegan Fare my friend......
Here is the Jackfruit. Kind of an ugly bugger isn't it!!
It is a starchy fruit. Mainly tasteless. So it can take on any flavor you want!
Because of it's "stringy nature", it resembles pulled pork or chicken. And because it takes on any flavor.....
well....you can see where this is going no can't ya :)
So this will be like two recipes in one...first the buns, then the filling!!
Whoa this is like one stop shopping
Steamed Mini Bao Taco Buns
This is a bit of a process, due to the rising of the dough, however, the process is quite easy.
I like to measure my flour. This come from when I owned my bakery here in Calgary. So it is kinda inbred into me :)
~ 525g flour
~ 1.5 tbsp sugar (I use organic cane sugar)
~ 1 tsp yeast. I use regular plain ol yeast, not the fast acting or instant. Again this may come from my bakery days.
~ 50 mL plain unsweetened almond milk
~ 1 Tbsp Avocado oil
~ 1 tbsp Rice Vinegar
~ 1 tsp baking powder
~200 mL warm water.
Measure out flour in a bowl. Place sugar in 200ml warm water. Stir until sugar is melted. Sprinkle yeast over water and set aside to proof.
Once the yeast is proofed (bubbly and foamy), add in warmed almond milk, avocado oil and vinegar. Mix together and pour over flour. (No I haven't forgot the baking powder...that comes later)
Mix together until the dough starts to come together. You may need a little more warm water or flour, depending on how dry or wet the dough is.
Tip out the dough on a lightly floured surface and knead for 10 minutes.
Then place the dough back into a greased large bowl.
Cover with cloth and let rise in a warm place until doubled in size, about an hour.
Once the dough has doubled, tip out on a clean surface. Flatten the dough out, sprinkle with the baking powder and knead for 5 min.
Cut dough in half. Working with one half, roll into a sausage shape roll, about 1.5 inches high, and 1.5 inches wide. Cut into 9 pieces. Shape each piece into a ball. Let the balls rest while you do the same with the other piece of dough, giving you 18 pieces.
take 1 of the balls, and roll with rolling pin in an oval shape. Brush with a little oil. Take a chopstick and rub a little oil on that as well. Place the chopstick in the center on the oval. Gently fold the dough over the chopstick and gently slide out the stick. Place the folded bun on a pan lined with parchment paper.
Repeat with remaining dough pieces.
When all done, cover with a piece of plastic wrap and let rise for about an hour.
Once the buns are ready...time to get steaming!!
I did not use a bamboo steamer, I used my regular steamer pot.
I put water in the bottom, careful not to touch bottom of steamer. I sprayed the steamer with cooking spray.
once the water was boiling, I placed 3 buns in the steamer basket, not touching. Then I placed the cover on and steamed for 8 min.
I placed the cooked buns back on a parchment lined pan and placed in a warm oven to keep warm, while I steamed the rest!
BBQ Jackfruit Taco Filling
This is an easy part. Do this while the buns are rising and waiting to be steamed!
~ 1 Can of Jackfruit in water, not in brine.
~ 1 tbsp Coconut Palm Sugar
~ 1 tsp garlic powder
~ 1 tsp onion powder (you can chop and cook a real onion if you want. I was just too lazy)
~ 1 tbsp smoked paprika
1/2 cup your favorite BBQ sauce (make sure it is vegan)
In a saucepan, place the drained jackfruit. Add in the spices and mix up well.
The mixing action will start the "shredding" of the jackfruit.
Add in the BBQ sauce and 1/2 cup water.
Mix up and let simmer on low.
Once buns are steamed, gently, pry open and fill with jackfruit and I added some shredded lettuce to these ones.
You can add coleslaw as well and it will be delicious!
I know it's time consuming, but oh so worth it...I promise!!
If you make them, let me know!!
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