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Video:How to Make Flower Rolls

with Krystyna Rittichier

Chinese flower rolls got that name because of the flower shape that they take during preparation. Follow this recipe to make your own Chinese flower rolls.See Transcript

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Transcript:How to Make Flower Rolls

Hi, my name is Krystyna Rittichier and I'm here for About.com. Today, we're making Chinese flower rolls, using a recipe from About.com's Chinese Food site. When finished, this recipe will make 12 rolls.

Chinese Flower Roll Ingredients

For this recipe, you will need:
  • 2 tsp Active Dry Yeast
  • 1-1/2 cups Lukewarm Water
  • 1 tbsp Granulated Sugar
  • 3-1/2 cups All-Purpose Flour
  • 2 tsp Baking Powder
  • 2 tsp Water
  • 4 tbsp Sesame Oil
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • Green Onions, finely chopped

Make Dough for Flower Rolls

Place the yeast in a small bowl, and add the warm water and sugar. Stir to dissolve the sugar; then, allow the bowl to stand for 15 minutes. Add the yeast mixture to the flour and begin kneading the mixture into a dough. You can add more flour or water if needed, but you will have to knead the dough for about 10 minutes. The dough should be smooth and elastic. Cover the dough and let rest for 1-1/2 hours. Punch the dough down, and then allow the dough to rise another 1-1/2 hours. Dissolve the baking powder into 2 tsp of water. Add this to the dough and begin kneading the dough again.

Finish by Steaming the Flower Rolls

You are ready to begin making the rolls when the dough is smooth and elastic. Roll the dough out into a large rectangle. Rub with sesame oil and sprinkle with the green onion. Roll the dough up like a sleeping bag and cut the roll into 2 inch segments. Push a chopstick into the dough lengthwise, so that you are left with two oval shapes that are attached in the middle. Pull the ends of the roll under the roll, so that they meet in the middle, and pinch the ends together. Allow the completed rolls to rest for 10 minutes. Prepare your steamer. If you are using a bamboo steamer, bring a pot of water to boil and place the steamer on top of the pot. Cook the rolls in the steamer on waxed paper for 20 minutes. The rolls are ready to serve immediately.

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