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Bakpao Apel (Buttery Apple Buns)



  • 1 1/4 c milk no skim nor 1% milk please. I'd go for 3% or 2.8% at least
  • 1/4 c sugar
  • 1 heaping tsp instant yeast
  • 4 c flour


  • 2 apples as long as they are sweet
  • 2-3 tbsp sugar
  • lime juice of 1/2 lime
  • 1 generous tbsp butter
  • 2 tsp of cornstarch diluted in a little milk



  • Heat milk to lukewarm, stir in sugar, let stand for a for 30 seconds then stir in yeast. Let stand until yeast is softening
  • Add in flour one cup at a time, knead. Cover and let stand until doubled in size, in warm area
  • Meanwhile, make the filling


  • Skin and slice apples into small thin quarters. Place apples in a pot, turn on heat low-medium. Add in butter, stir until melted and apples starting to soften. Stir in sugar until melted. Cook until you feel the apples are soften enough (depending whether you want them to be a bit crunchy or totally soften).
  • Pour in cornstarch mixture, stir quickly, to thicken. Take off from heat and let cool to room temperature.

Making Buns

  • Divide dough into 8 balls. Flatten each with your hands and fill center with 1 generous apple filling, seam to seal
  • Steam buns and enjoy :)