Hong Kong Polo Buns
Hong Kong pineapple (polo) buns are a popular pastry originating from Hong Kong's vibrant culinary scene. Despite the name, these buns do not contain any pineapple. The moniker is derived from the bun's characteristic crisscross pattern on top, which resembles the skin of a pineapple. Polo buns feature a soft, fluffy bread base with a sweet, crunchy cookie-like crust on top. They are often enjoyed as a breakfast item or a snack, and can be found in many bakeries and tea houses across Hong Kong. The delightful combination of textures and flavors makes these buns a much-loved treat for locals and visitors alike.
Combine the butter at room temperature, sugar, and egg yolks.
Incorporate the flour, vanilla sugar, salt, and baking powder, mixing thoroughly.
Aim for a sticky dough consistency.
Wrap the dough with cling wrap and chill it in the refrigerator for 20 minutes.
After 20 minutes, the dough will be easier to handle. Divide it into six portions.
Lightly flour your hands.
Press and mold the dough into the desired shape.
Carefully transfer the shaped dough to your hand.
Place it on top of your favourite proofed bread dough recipe.
This step is optional and not required.
Brush with egg wash. Bake at 180°C (356°F) for 18 minutes.
Enjoy the finished product.