I recently had to empty the majority of my freezer. I sold my bagels at a farmer’s market here in Calgary. This meant freezing a lot of dough. Fifteen dozen bagels to be exact. While I was extremely thankful that I was able to freeze the raw dough without compromising on quality (I definitely wouldn’t have been able to make 18 dozen bagels completely by hand, on my own, in my teeny tiny kitchen the morning of the market), it also meant that I had to give up my freezer for about a week. Now that it is empty again, and I have a window before the next market (January 21, 2015!), I have already started to fill it up.
I’m in a dough kind of mood. I’ve been craving carbs lately and have also been eager to try and make all sorts of doughs from scratch. A few nights ago, I saw some contestants on Masterchef Australia cook some bao and a lightbulb went off in my head. I had never thought of making bao, and haven’t actually been able to enjoy them very much. If you’ve never heard of bao before, they are basically steamed buns filled with some sort of filling, found all over China. There is a wide variety of bao: ranging from 5-10 inches in diameter, filled with various meat, bean paste and even soup broth (if you’re in Vancouver, the xiaolongbao at Lin’s are award-winning)!