Purple Sweet Potato Stuffed Buns

This recipe is too beautiful not to post.  I love cooking with the color purple because it can be rare in our daily ingredients.  I was experimenting with making a stuffed bun for purposes of portability since I have to commute to work once again.  These buns are perfect for transporting lunch with no mess.  The nutrient-packed sweet potatoes in the filling are an added bonus. 

Ingredients

Buns

  • 2 cups water, warm
  • 1 tsp. sugar
  • 2 tsp. active dry yeast
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 tsp. salt

Filling

  • 1 sweet potato, peeled and chopped
  • 1 Tbsp. purple onion, minced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • ½ cup adzuki beans, cooked
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Method

To make the buns

  1. Dissolve sugar in water
  2. Add yeast to water and set aside to bloom
  3. Once bloomed, add flours and salt in the same bowl and mix
  4. Mix until well-combined
  5. Let dough sit in bowl with damp towel on top to rise for 1-3 hours
  6. With a damp hand, pull dough and fold over 4-5 times to form a dough mass
  7. Form dough into a ball and let sit in bowl with damp towel to rise for another 1-3 hours

To make the filling

  1. Steam sweet potato for 15 minutes or until fork-tender
    1. I use a steam basket over a pot of boiling water to steam
  2. Remove sweet potato from steamer and mash in a medium bowl
  3. Add onion, garlic, beans, and spices
  4. Mix to incorporate
  5. Let mixture cool slightly for ease of assembly

To assemble

  1. Flour a kitchen surface (counter or cutting board) to roll out dough
  2. Divide dough into 6-8 pieces (less pieces will yield larger buns)
  3. Flour a rolling pin or your hands to flatten dough pieces to ½ inch thick discs
  4. Add filling to middle of buns and seal filling inside
    1. I do not have a precise technique for this, but I usually fold opposite ends of the discs on top of each other until a sphere is formed
  5. Place buns on parchment sheet as oven preheats to 400°F
  6. Bake in oven for 20-30 minutes or until buns are golden brown
  7. Let rest for 10 minutes after taking buns out of oven
  8. Serve and enjoy

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