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Taro Pumpkin Buns

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Hi everyone! I’m back.

Life had been very hectic for the past two months till I had no time to blog. My family and I were busy packing and unpacking. Yup, we had moved house! It’s a cross-country move from Singapore back to our home country, Malaysia – my 2nd major move so far! It’s very tiring and challenging. We had a lot of things to juggle and sort out within a short period of time. But now, we are more or less settled down and things are almost back to normal. The only outstanding thing (and most important to me!) is some minor finishing work for our kitchen which is taking longer than expected. As a result, I still can’t start my intended baking frenzy for this coming Chinese New Year. Hai! *Sigh*.


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These taro pumpkin buns were baked before we moved back to Malaysia. It’s prepared using the 17-hour low temperature pre-ferment dough method. This is my favourite bread making method at the moment. It uses pre-ferment dough just like the sponge dough method I used for baking healthy multigrain bread and Italian pesto bread. But, the different is that the pre-ferment dough (called sponge) is stored in a fridge at 0-5°C for 17 hours. This sponge can last well in the fridge for up to 72 hours! So, if something urgent pops up the next day, you have the flexibility to delay making the bread. How nice is that! It suits perfectly busy mommies with an uncertain schedule. Not only that, this method produces breads that have a moist and chewy texture that comes with a yeasty fragrance. They also last longer without turning hard or getting dry even if leaving in the room temperature for more than a day or two.


I had made these buns using this method for a few times and every time it yielded the exact same  texture and fragrance just like what the cookbook had described. I had also received very positive feedback from my reliable “testers” (aka friends and relatives). I used my own creation of taro pumpkin paste as filing. It’s very easy-to-do and tasted superlicious!! Taro and pumpkin are great pairing. But of course, you are free to use other type of paste as you may like. I’m definitely going to bake more breads with this method. If you are a great fan of homemade bread, then you got to try it!


I’m submitting to this post to Yeastspotting.


Get the recipe for TARO PUMPKIN BUNS and detailed step-by-step photos at PAGE 2 BELOW.

Get the recipe for HOW TO MAKE TARO PUMPKIN PASTE  and detailed step-by-step photos at PAGE 3 BELOW.


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  1. Alice says:

    Wow! What a healthy and good looking bun! It is worth the time! Welcome back my friend! 🙂

  2. Welcome back! Love the pretty buns you have there.

  3. Lynn says:

    Just want to say “thank you” for answering our questions. I know how it is like to move house across countries and trying to settle down… The buns look great! Have not tried baking any bread… Will try it some time.. Keep it up!

  4. noobcook says:

    wow, you shifted back. Hope you enjoy your new house and have time to bake some CNY goodies. I like the fact that the buns dough can keep for so long in the fridge.

  5. Janine says:

    wow looks like you had a lot on your plate the past few months – with a major move! hopefully you settle in quickly and we get to see yummy bakes from you soon! 🙂

  6. Priya says:

    beauties, very catchy buns definitely.

  7. tigerfish says:

    I can understand how hectic it has been for you and your family. We have done four major moves in the past 5-6 yrs and gosh it was tough!

    Good to see you back to blogging(sharing your cooking and baking). The buns look so well-glazed on the outside and I bet they taste delicious too.

  8. mycookinghut says:

    Welcome back LK! Hope to see more recipes soon!

  9. ChristineT says:

    Glad to read another of your interesting post. I have always enjoyed looking through and trying out your recipes. I hope you will fully settle down soon. Looking forward to more future posts.

  10. Looks great LK! Thanks for the idea 🙂 Hope you’ve been well 🙂

  11. sharon says:

    Just awesome! My son and I were browsing your website to plan our snacks and breakfast when we saw this and he wants to bake this! Loved this, just not just if we can pull it off!

  12. lise Thorsen says:

    Hi, Love your site. I Don’t have any Tots in the house any more ,just hungry teenagers that love Asian inspired fun foods. I will be using your recipes. Thanks

  13. Clarice says:

    Hi, may i know how long do we need to mix/knead for the pre-ferment dough? Can i use bread machine kneading function to mix it? Tks

  14. Clarice says:

    Thanks. Can i ask what is the different between ’17 hr low temperature pre ferment dough’ and ‘sponge dough’ (does not keep the dough in the fridge) ? I tried sponge dough method (just let the sponge dough fermented for abt 2 hrs, then continue to mix it with “Bread dough”, and the bread came out was dry n hard (sigh. Any tips or advice ?

    • food-4tots says:

      Clarice: My wholemeal milk buns recipe is also using sponge dough method. You can do it the same day or leave the starter dough in the fridge for 2-3 days. The problem you face can be due to many reasons such as under/over kneading, overbaking etc. Most of the breads, if knead and bake correctly, should be soft once they are freshly out from the oven. I suggest that you give my wholemeal milk buns recipe a try. 🙂

      • Clarice says:

        HI, I tried to make sponge dough again last nite, the dough is very sticky after knead for 20 min. I left it to ferment for abt 2 hrs, when i took the dough out, it is still very sticky. The bread came out is soft n but texture is quite rough n not fluffy :(. I duno what went wrong, is the sponge dough suppose to be sticky or its elastic and drop from hand when taken up ? tks

        • food-4tots says:

          Clarice: May I know which recipe did you use? Why do you need to knead the starter dough for 20 minutes? How did you knead it, by hand or machine?

          • Clarice says:

            hi, i use bread machine to knead, it only has function of knead either 5min or 20 min. If i knead by hand, i should knead for how long? At this stage it does not require to pass window panel test, rite? I use bread machine to bake bread, and the texture is quite dense and thick. Thus i would like to learn sponge n dough method. Thanks

            • food-4tots says:

              Clarice: May I know which did you follow? For starter dough, you just need to knead until everything is well combined (without having to pass the membrane test). Please watch this video until 1:13. It will give you some ideas on how to knead to starter dough. 🙂

  15. Stacey says:

    You introduce the whole new world about the 17 hour low temperature pre-ferment method to me. Thank you so muchhhh!

  16. Christian Brady says:

    Not sure what type of mold or liners you used for this as the only kind available near me are essentially cupcake liners and for them this recipe more or less fills them before the 30 minute proofing. If you could provide info for what type you used that would be helpful so i could find them online. Thank you.

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