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Halloumi Bao Buns | Charalambides Christis

Suitable for vegetarians
January 10, 2022

Halloumi Bao Buns!

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For the Bao Buns

  • 300g Cake Flour
  • 225g All Purpose Flour, plus extra for dusting
  • 150ml Fresh Milk Full Fat, 3%, Charalambides Christis
  • 100ml Water
  • 1 tsp Dry Yeast, about 8g (1 sachet)
  • 1 tsp Baking Powder
  • 2 tbsp Fine Sugar, plus a pinch
  • 1 tbsp Rapeseed Oil, plus extra for greasing and brushing
  • 1 tbsp Rice Vinegar
  • ¾ tsp Fine Sea Salt


For the filling

  • 2  Organic Halloumi, Charalambides Christis, sliced in 6-7mm pieces and then cut into four sticks out of each slice
  • 1 Carrot, julienned or cut in matchsticks
  • 1 Cucumber, not peeled and julienned or cut in matchsticks
  • 1 cup Hummus
  • 50ml Pomegranate Molasses
  • 60ml Pepper Sauce
  • 1 tbsp Black Sesame Seeds
  • ¼ cup Radishes, not peeled and thinly sliced
  • ¼ cup fresh Mint, small leaves picked
  • ¼ cup fresh micro leaves


  1. Place in a cup the yeast along with 1½ tbsp of the sugar and the salt. Pour 4 tbsp lukewarm water and dissolve.
  2. Place in the bowl of a food mixer, with a dough hook attached, the flours along with the baking powder and the rest of the sugar, ½ tbsp. Add the diluted yeast along with the milk, water, oil and the rice vinegar. Mix on low speed until the ingredients have come to together to form a dough, then turn up the speed and knead for 7’, until you have a smooth dough, adding a little extra water if needed.
  3. Place the dough in a lightly greased bowl, cover with a damp towel and leave to prove for 2 hrs until doubled in size. You can refrigerate overnight if not using the same day.
  4. Flour a work surface and tip out the proved dough. Roll the dough with a rolling pin and flatten it to about 50x50cm and 3mm thickness. If too sticky, dust with a little more flour.
  5. With a use of a 10cm round cutter cut the dough. Transfer them into a dish lined with parchment paper. Cover with a clean dump towel and let them rise for 20’.
  6. Put a large pot with water on high heat and add the bamboo basket/steamer in it taking care not to submerge the base of the basket. Line the steamer’s baskets with parchment paper and lightly brush them with oil.
  7. When it comes to a boil, reduce the heat to medium, very lightly oil one side of the dough pieces, fold them and add 3 of them in each basket. Cover with the basket’s cover and steam the buns for 20’ until puffed up. Repeat the process for the rest.
  8. In the meantime, fry the halloumi in some oil until golden.
  9. Mix the hummus with the pomegranate molasses and keep aside.
  10. To fill the buns, prise open each one and lightly brush along the center of the bun with the pomegranate hummus, then add 3-4 sticks of the halloumi along with the carrots, cucumbers and radishes. Lightly squeeze some of the peppers sauce, garnish with the mint and the microleaves and sprinkle some black sesame seeds.
  11. Eat while they’re still warm.
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