Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Fan Pastry

Fan Pastry? I'm sure most of you must be wondering what is Fan Pastry! It is a Chinese sweet pastry with the a fan-like pattern, that's all! This fan pastry is perfect as a tea-time snack and for breakfast too. I made this as an afternoon snack. It was one of those days, being a holiday and everyone slept in, we came back late from a dinner party the night before, went to bed at 1.30am, woke up late, had our late breakfast and very early lunch, so called "brunch"  and I figured that the family would be hungry when it is tea-time, not that we have tea-time very often! So I made this, since this has been on my mind lately and I have all the ingredients on hand. It was really good and we enjoyed it!


I like the pretty petals, does it look like a fan or a flower? Despite its name "Fan Pastry", I think it looks more like a flower! This recipe uses Red Bean Paste as the filling. You may use Lotus Paste Filling or Mung Bean Paste Filling if you like. Either one, I'm sure it will be just as good!


Ok, Let's do this together :

1. The dough on the left is the Water Dough, on the right is Oil Dough. 
2. Some red bean filling, scaled at 25gm and mould them into rounds for easy wrapping.


3. The Water Dough are divided into 16 parts, each 15gm, mould each part into a ball.
4. The Oil Dough are divided into 16 parts, each 10gm, mould each part into a ball.
5. Roll out one ball of Water Dough into a round thin sheet, place a ball of Oil Dough into the centre and wrap it up, sealing the edges together. Mould into a round ball. Using a small rolling pin, roll this ball into a thin sheet, and roll it up Swiss Roll style. Repeat this step one more time. Let rest for 10 minutes.
6. Roll out rested dough into a thin round sheet and place one ball of red bean filling in the centre.


7. Wrap the filling, and seal the edges of the dough. Place the sealed edges downwards.
8. Gently roll out filled dough into a round, about 2-1/2" in diameter. Using a small metal spatula or small knife, starting almost towards the centre, cut into 4 sections, still attached.
9. Repeat until there are 8 cut sections, still attached  at the centre.
10. Twist the edges of the sections upwards at an angle to form a fan-like pattern.


11. The completed pastry will look like a fan.
12. Transfer to the baking sheet lined with baking paper. (It is easier to transfer the cut pastry to the baking sheet, then twist the sections on the baking sheet). Brush with beaten egg yolk.
13. Sprinkle some sesame seeds in the centre.


14. Bake in a preheated oven at 200C for 20 minutes or until browned and crispy.


Transfer to a cooling rack, let it cool a little, about 15 minutes and enjoy.


Isn't it pretty?


Reaction from my kids : "Looks so yummy and cute!"


Layers of tender crispy crust. 


This is good with a pot of warm Jasmine Tea!


I'm sharing this with 
Cookbook Sunday hosted by Couscous & Consciousness
Bake with Bizzy hosted by Bizzy Bakes
Full Plate Thursday hosted by Miz Helen's Country Cottage

My baking buddy, Zoe from Bake For Happy Kids will be starting a blog hop in March, "Cook Like A Star" featuring Donna Hay as the celebrity chef  for the month of March. Please do join in, everyone's welcome. Please drop by Bake For Happy Kids for the full details. Hope to see you in "Cook Like A Star"!


Fan Pastry
(adapted from "Irresistible Pastry" by Alex Goh)
Ingredients
Water Dough
120gm flour
1/4 teaspoon maltose (I use golden syrup)
20gm sugar
35gm shortening
65gm water


Oil Dough
100gm flour
60gm shortening


Filling
400gm red bean paste


Method :
Water Dough : Mix all the ingredients to form a smooth dough. Divide it into 16 parts of 15gm each.
Oil Dough : Mix all the ingredients to form a smooth paste. Divide it into 16 parts of 10gm each.
Filling : Divide the red bean paste into 16 parts of 25gm each.

  1. Wrap the oil dough with water dough.
  2. Roll out the dough into thin sheet. Then roll it up like Swiss Roll. Repeat this step one more time. Let it rest for 10 minutes.
  3. Flatten the above dough and wrap the filling in.
  4. Roll out the dough flat using a rolling pin. Along the round edge cut the pastry into 8 equal portions about 2.5cm thick. 
  5. Twist the edges into petal shapes. Egg wash twice and stick some black sesame seeds at the centre.
  6. Bake at 200C for 20-25 minutes.
my notes :
I find that the both the doughs are wet, especially the Oil Dough. I added about 1-2 tablespoons flour to the Water Dough and about 2-3 tablespoons flour to the Oil Dough.  


49 comments:

  1. I found a new blog, liked it very much. fan cakes are so beautiful.

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    1. Hi Heden,
      Thank you for your kind words and for following! I'm following you too!
      Have a nice day!

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  2. They're lovely, your buns. The shape of petals makes them different and compelling. I saw that the dough gets too soft, that delights.
    I agree with you, are great to serve a brunch, the children love these meals.
    kisses have a nice day too:)

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  3. These look so pretty, and I imagine you could do this kind of presentation with all sorts of fillings as well.

    Thanks for sharing these at Cookbook Sundays.

    xo

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  4. You area a culinary artist; this is so pretty!
    Rita

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  5. joyce, your fan is so pretty!! in perfect shape..at first i thought what fan pastry..haha! i used to call them flower shape but you're right, fan is more appropriate!

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  6. So pretty! I want to try my hand at that soon.

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    1. Hi yummychunklet,
      I sure hope you give this a try, I think that you would like this!

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  7. Beautiful! Your directions for making the fan shape are excellent! thanks Joy.

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  8. This looks fabulous, first time here, you have some amazing recipes, glad to follow U. Do drop by mine sometime..

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    1. Hi Hema,
      Thank you for visiting and for following too! I've already visited your lovely blog! Please do drop by again! Have a nice day!

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  9. Te ha quedado ideal.
    Un saludito

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  10. I love making pastries like this, if only they are not so sinful I would make them every week lol! but as it is, I can only afford to drool over your pretty creation and resist making them for my own good:P

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  11. This fan pastry is so pretty and looks very yummy too.

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  12. These pastries look so beautiful.. don't think I could bear to eat them... Will bookmark this recipe and hopefully will challenge myself one day to make them!

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  13. oh my word it is so freaking cute and kids are going to love it

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  14. These are spectacular, and the step-by-step photos are terrific. Brava!

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  15. Thanks Joyce for being so supportive again! So nice of you to place my link in your post for more than once...Thanks is all I can say!

    These fan pastries look pretty! You shaped them so well! I enjoy reading all your precise step by step instructions.

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    1. Hi Zoe,
      Don't mention it! Glad to support you in your new event! I'm actually looking forward to be part of it! Already have a few recipes that I intend to make!
      See you soon!

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  16. Besides being absolutely lovely, these sounds delicious! I love red bean paste, but I'm not familiar with your water dough. It looks perfect for this paste. Lovely presentation!

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  17. These are so pretty, Joyce. I also love how flaky the pastry is. Great job!!

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  18. This looks wonderful and it sounds delicious. My family will love this. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

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  19. These look too pretty to eat! Love it.

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  20. This is so good!! Now I know how they make the fan shape. Thanks for the step-by-step! :) Have a great day, Joyce!

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  21. I never knew the English name of this pastry and I buy it all the time. Love it!

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  22. These looks so delicious! Nice presentation too!

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  23. Very beautiful looking pastries!
    Yes - they look like flours :)
    I'm shaping rolls like this or even a big challah

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  24. Those are so beautiful! That is so clever. They look amazing. Very impressed!

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  25. they are so beautiful and nicely shaped. First I show picture and thought it should be flower pastry. love it

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  26. Oh my goodness Joy, what a gorgeous pastry! You did such a wonderful job, it looks professionally done! Until I read your post, I thought it was a poppy seed filling. I've never had a pastry with a bean paste filling before. You need to move closer. :o)

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  27. I am impressed. These are lovely and I would be proud, if I made them, to show them off. Thanks for sharing this Bake with Bizzy.

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  28. This is beautiful. You make it look so easy..Wow.

    Velva

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  29. These are gorgeous! They look like something I'd pick up at the bakery, but I bet they taste even better. I also think they look like flowers, but I can see a fan too. Whatever they are, they're beautiful! :)

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  30. amaing man, how you made these.. just like the store baught ones.. :)

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  31. This pastry is lovely!
    I've a blog award for you, please hop over to collect it when you are free :)

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  32. This is a beautiful presentation for your awesome Fan Pastry. Your tutorial will sure help me when I try to make this great recipe. I hope mine turns out half as pretty as yours. Hope you have a fabulous week end and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

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  33. Beautiful presentation....... awesome Fan Pastry.......looks wonderful..u have a nice space vth superb recipes......

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  34. Love bean paste filling and lotus paste filling too. Your pastry is very professionally done, congrats. I say it looks like a flower.

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  35. I am absolutely besotted with these pastries. They are so gorgeous and look so crispy. The shapes remind me more of flowers than fans.

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  36. These are so cute!Well done,dear!

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  37. lucen absolutamente deliciosos y románticos me encantan,abrazos hugs,hugs.

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  38. Just gorgeous!!! Thanks for all the photos and instructions!!! I'd love to try these beauties~

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  39. oh, my, I want one of those...they look so flaky and YUMMY!

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  40. Congratulations!
    Your recipe is featured on Full Plate Thursday this week. Hope you have a wonderful day and enjoy your new Red Plate.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

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  41. That is just so beautiful...looks like a delicious flower :)

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  42. yes its really pretty! thks for sharing the step by step guide :)

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  44. This looks so pretty and delicious!

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