Muscovado Sugar Mantou/ ?????

You might wonder what is Muscovado? Well in simple word it is an unrefined dark brown sugar. This sugar also known as Turbinado, Moscovado, or Demerara sugar. If you want to find more do log in this link.
Brown sugar examples: Muscovado (top), dark brown (left), light brown (right)
Adapted from Wikipedia
Now let move to the recipe. This is one of my favourite mantou. As its name stated muscovado sugar is used instead of plain white sugar. Therefore these mantou are packed with nutritious! Do try and you will amaze by the fragrant of the molasses in the natural sugar. 

Adapted and slightly modified from ???3????
(A) Sugar syrup
¾ cup muscovado sugar
¾ cup water
2 pieces pandan leaves (shredded and tied into knot)

(B) Mantou
1 ½ tsp yeast
2 tbsp water
3 cups plain flour
1 tsp baking powder
¼ tsp salt
¾ cup sugar syrup from (A)


(A) Sugar Syrup
Put the muscovado sugar and pandan knot into a cooking pan. Cook with low heat till you can smell the fragrant of the sugar. Add in the water and stir to mix. Off the heat once all the sugar melted. Leave to cool. Sieve to remove any impurity.
* Be careful do not burn the sugar. Burn sugar taste bitter.

(B) Mantou

1. Add in yeast and 2 tablespoons of water into a bowl. Stir to mix and leave to rest about 5 minutes.
2. In a same bowl add in the rest of ingredients from (B). Stir to mix till all the flour coated with liquid.
3. Start to knead to form smooth dough.
4. Cover and leave to rest about 15 minutes.

5. Divide the dough into 2 portions. Transfer a portion onto working surface. Roll into rectangle shape. Brush the surface with some water and roll into swiss roll shape.
6. Cut into 5-6 pieces and place on lined paper (I used banana leaf). Put the mantou into steamer and rest for 10-15 minutes. Repeat the same process for the other portions of the dough.
7. Start steaming from cold water with medium heat. Once the water boiled, steam further 7 minutes.
8. Once the steaming time is over, off the heat. Leave the mantou inside the steamer for 1 minute before open the lid.

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