I have eaten my fair share of Hot Pockets. When I was a single gal living alone the most effort I made for dinner was a sandwich, bowl of cereal or hot pocket. At the time, I considered buy shares in Hot Pocket stock because I ate so many, but I was considerably broke at the time.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not above snacking on a pepperoni Hot Pocket once in a blue moon. But, I thought I would take a stab at a more wholesome version of the Hot Pocket and make some steamed buns.
The first time I ever made steamed buns was in culinary school. I was taking an intro to baking, and we were doing breads that week. A few of us had made a batch of Asian braised beef and though we could use it as a filling in some steamed buns. It’s one of the bonuses of being in culinary school, getting to eat your experiments. My class feasted on beef stuffed steamed buns that afternoon.
That is when I first fell in love with steamed bread. It’s extra tender, and you get all bread and no crust. I love crusty bread, but it’s nice to have all squishy bread every once in a while.
So, I though I would change up the steamed bun, make it with whole wheat dough and fill it with chicken. But, I am not a baker. Therefore, I did not trust myself to make up a whole wheat dough. I wanted a dough that was soft and tender, and I found this recipe over at Divine Healthy Food and it looked like a perfect soft bun.
The dough recipe delivered and made a perfect soft steamed bun. They are best warm, but are still tasty room temperature which makes them perfect to pack for big kid and little kid lunches!
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1/2 cup warm water
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 4 teaspoons dry active yeast
- 2 cup whole wheat pastry flour
- 1 cup spelt flour
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 2 tablespoon extra light olive oil
- 1 tablespoons butter
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 1/2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cups milk
- 1/2 cup chicken stock
- 1 cup shredded swiss cheese
- 1/2 cup diced ham
- 1 cups shredded chicken
- 1 cups baby spinach
Dough Adapted from Divine Healthy Food