Steamed Buns in Stew
Serves: 4
  • For the buns:
  • 50 gram oat bran or rolled oats (1/4 cup)
  • 25 gram earth balance, or any fat of your choice
  • ½ cup (120ml) boiled water (let the butter melt)
  • ½ cup (120ml) cold water
  • ½ teaspoon maple syrup
  • ½ teaspoons salt
  • ½ tablespoon instant yeast
  • 225 grams = 10 ounces flour
  • Oil or melted butter to brush the dough when forming the buns.
  • For the vegetable base:
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 2 carrot diced
  • 4 mushrooms diced
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil or butter (optional)
  • 6-8 yellow-fleshed potatoes cubed
  • 1 cup vegetable broth
  • Salt and pepper to season
  1. Start with the dough 2 hours prior to mealtime.
  2. In a KitchenAid Stand Mixer bowl (if you have one) whisk the oat, fat, and boiled water till the butter melts. Let soak for at least 15 minutes.
  3. Then add cold water, maple syrup, salt, and yeast, whisk it all together.
  4. Add the flour.
  5. Knead the dough for 5 minutes (it can also be done by hand).
  6. Let the dough rest for 5 minutes.
  7. Knead for another 5 minutes (if kneading by hand, it might take longer, kneed till the dough is ready).
  8. Cover the dough and let it rise till it is about double. (ca. 1 hour).
  9. In a large saucepan or pot sautee the onions, carrots, and mushrooms in oil or water till golden.
  10. Turn off the heat.
  11. Add the cubed potatoes and season to your liking. Cover with vegetable broth. The liquid should be below the top of the potatoes. If it is not, add one more potato. Mix everything so it is coated and ready to be steamed.
  12. Form the buns, either by rolling out the dough, brush with oil or melted butter, and roll together cutting into 12 buns.
  13. Or use my simple finger method explained and shown in the blog article. Again, make 12 buns.
  14. Place the buns evenly on top of the stew, leaving room to rise.
  15. Close the lid and set the timer for 15 minutes. Do not open the lid at any point, till all is done.
  16. When time(15 min) is up, turn on the range on medium. Wait till you hear the broth boiling, and the lid is very hot to touch.
  17. Turn down the heat to low and let it steam for 30-45 minutes. Since I use whole grain and like my stew well done, I always go for 45 minutes.
  18. Carefully open the lid, and remove the steamed buns.
  19. Serve the buns and stew
Recipe by Northern Homestead at