Poppy Bo Lo Baau - Pineapple Buns Straight Dough Method

Labels: { }

High in carbohydrates, saturated fats and cholesterol!!! What a freaking Calorie Bomb! Well....In spite the fact, that Bo Lo Baau is always loved and enjoyed by many many Chinese. It is known in Cantonese as BO LO BAAU, in which "BO LO" means "pineapple", and "BAAU" refers to bun, either with or without stuffing. The pineapple bun contains no pinepple at all, it's a sweet bun topped with a sugary checked crust.

  • 250 g Bread flour
  • 20 g Milk powder
  • 120 ml 3.5% Milk, warm
  • 30 g Honey
  • 3-4 g Instant dry yeast
  • 1/2 Egg
  • Pinch of salt
  • 15 g Butter
  • 150 g Poppy paste
  • 3 tbsp Castor sugar
  • 0.5 g Baking ammonia
  • 0.5 g Baking soda
  • 80 g All-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp Milk powder
  • 55 g Shortening
  • 2 tsp Egg, beaten
  • A few drops of pale lemon colouring
  1. Dissolve sugar with warm milk in a mixing bowl. Sprinkle dry yeast over and let proof for about 10 minutes. Add in bread flour and egg. Stir at low speed until a rough dough ball formed. Stir in salt and butter until evenly dispersed. Increase the speed to medium and knead the dough until a soft and elastic dough has formed. The dough should pass the windowpane test. (stretching the dough to see if it thins out).
  2. Turn onto floured surface and knead briefly, then form into a dough ball. Place it in lightly greased bowl. Cover with a plastic wrap and place the whole container in a warm bath (35C/95F) 45 minutes, until nearly double in size. Coat one of your fingers with flour, then press it gently into the center of risen dough to the bottom. If the indentation remains, the dough is ready. Punch down the dough and divide into 9 equal pieces, roll each piece into a ball. Cover with a plastic wrap and let rest for 10 minutes. Flatten each dough, with the seam side down. Turn and wrap in poppy fillings. Place them on a baking tray lined with parchment paper. Cover and let rise for about 35 minutes. Preheat the oven to 200C/400F. At the meantime, combine together sugar, baking ammonia and baking soda in a bowl.
  3. Sift in the flour and milk powder. Add in the rest of ingredients and mix till all incorporated. On a plastic wrap, flatten each pineapple topping to round, about the size of each dough bun. Place them on the dough bun and lightly score with a toothpick to create checked surface, which resembles a pineapple. Brush on egg wash and bake at 200C/400F for about 16 minutes on middle rack.


tasteofbeirut 20/3/10 19:36

I ordered this bun at the Asian market once and I was a bit disappointed; yours however would be delicious, and since you don't skimp on the good ingredients, very filling!

Priya 20/3/10 20:09

Woww this bun sounds truly new for me..looks fantastic and thanks for sharing Angie..

Cool Lassi(e) 20/3/10 20:09

Those buns are so perfect and the best looking one I ever saw in a while. :). Oh What I wouldn't give to have one right now.

Mum in Bloom 20/3/10 20:40

Oh my gosh these look so delicious :)

Chef E 20/3/10 20:41

Ummm I am in the baking mood today, so look out!

simply.food 20/3/10 21:07

Wow these buns looks gorgeous,mouth watering and devine.

Vrinda 20/3/10 21:30

I was wondering where u used pineapples in ths recipe..!Totally new buns to me ,hav to try this one...looks too good

Joy 20/3/10 22:50

It is breakfast time here ~ and you know what I want!

lisaiscooking 20/3/10 22:56

I like that the crust kind of looks like a pineapple. Sounds like a delicious indulgence!

Heavenly Housewife 20/3/10 23:33

Another beautiful creation daaahling!
*kisses* HH

Biren 21/3/10 00:46

I like the topping. Makes the bun look so different from the ones out there.....very nice!

Kitchen Corner 21/3/10 01:12

Nicely baked polo buns! Delicious!

Joy 21/3/10 01:55

That looks good. You make it look so easy.

wenn 21/3/10 02:03

yummy, i love pineapple!

Anncoo 21/3/10 02:16

I always like to buy this bun from the bakery store. So happy to see your recipe here :)

My Little Space 21/3/10 02:37

I think most Asians like this bread! It's fancy and flavourful and I just adore it so much. Thanks so much for sharing.

Anonymous 21/3/10 02:42

Oh these sound sooooo good! What a great recipe to post. I always love your blog posts!
Amanda :-)

TasteHongKong 21/3/10 03:36

I was just thinking to have one this morning. Frankly, it is so convenient to buy a nice Po Lo Baau here that I am more willing to pay than to bake. I adore your passion in baking.

Ju (The Little Teochew) 21/3/10 04:21

I love bo lo bau!!! It's such a treat. Yours look really good!

Arlette 21/3/10 05:22

Another type of bread new to me...
Visiting your blog has become a learning adventure
and I am enjoying my lessons... Thanks so much for sharing
your yummy recipes and techniques.

Trissa 21/3/10 05:51

Angie - this is my Mum's ABSOLUTE favourite dessert at yum cha. I have bookmarked it - I am going to try it soon. THANK YOU THANK YOU for sharing the recipe. I have always wanted to know how to make that topping.

MaryMoh 21/3/10 07:55

Wow...Angie, your Bo Lo Baau looks fabulous. Love the beautiful topping. I don't think I have seen it here. Looks very delicious. Thanks for sharing.

sangeeta 21/3/10 08:27

Hey it's beautiful ....the pictures are sensational and buns look like addictive material..

Shirley @ Kokken69 21/3/10 08:43

haha...a calorie bomb, indeed! Angie, I think there isn't anything that you cannot whip up in your kitchen!

citronetvanille 21/3/10 08:57

Very cute buns! so very tempting!

3 hungry tummies 21/3/10 10:42

how many people do you cook for Angie? These are just so wonderful!

wendyywy 21/3/10 12:21

I find it hard to get good polo buns in Malaysia, so far I've only tasted one that I really like.

Maybe I should try ur recipe oneday.

Pete 21/3/10 13:32

Nice checked surface, makes it looks very tempting!

Parita 21/3/10 15:59

I am hungry just by looking at these!

KennyT 21/3/10 16:31

Bo Lo Baau is my all time favourite!! Angie you rock!

denise @ quickies on the dinner table 21/3/10 16:53

These are very popular here in Singapore, though I must admit I've never tried one! Yours look fabulous and I'm sure they're delicious. Thanks for sharing the recipe, which I've saved for trying :)

Rachana Kothari 21/3/10 17:20

Wow! The buns look so perfect and gorgeous Angie:) You simply rock :)

Anonymous 21/3/10 17:44

Hi Angie,

Love your new post... I have always wanted to try this recipe - especially seeing them in the Asian bakeries in NYC. Do you have a recipe for the creamy eggy filling for these buns? I love the crust on tour polo buns - beauties!
Thanks again and Happy baking!

Cheah 21/3/10 18:04

These buns look so yummy and your pics are great!

Angie's Recipes 21/3/10 18:45

Thank you guys, for all your encouraging feedbacks.
LeeYong: Do you mean custard like pastry cream or anything else?

Ivy 21/3/10 20:51

Wow, these look perfect as well.

Cinnamon-Girl 22/3/10 00:06

You're so funny Angie! Calorie bombs! That wouldn't stop me from eating them. They look perfectly delicious!

Sook 22/3/10 03:33

What beautiful buns!

Christine@Christine's Recipes 22/3/10 07:45

Wow, I love eating BO LO BAAU from childhood. Unfortunately, not every bakery shop here have BO LO BAAU available. So miss it.

Your BO LO BAAU looks wonderful. Yumm.....

Tina 22/3/10 08:25

Sooo soft and delicious...

Anonymous 22/3/10 08:26

I love Polo Bun after sampled them in Hong Kong! Thanks for sharing this beautiful recipe.

tigerfish 22/3/10 09:02

Yeah, I am always puzzled by the name Po Lo when there is no pineapple in this bun! I also enjoy Po Lo bun with char siew filling in it :)

Jo 22/3/10 15:34

Angie, you have done it again. This looks so yummy and I do like bo lo buns .. haha actually I like eating the crust first.

Anonymous 22/3/10 15:36

Looks like such a sweet and yummy treat, I like the poppy paste in this recipe!

Gulmohar 22/3/10 16:17

Lovely pineapple-less pineapple bun..:D

noobcook 22/3/10 17:20

I think your home kitchen churns out the most amazing looking bakes. They look delicious :)

alwayswinner786 22/3/10 18:12

Wow! Another lovely recipe Angie.Looks great and sound too delicious.

Food For Tots 22/3/10 18:30

Your Bo Lo pao looks so beautiful! I love the addition of poppy seeds. Great to eat with a cup of coffee...Heaven!

shriya 22/3/10 18:34

Very detailed recipe. Nice step by step pics. Love the pics makes me to grab one. Thanks for sharing.

Pei-Lin@Dodol and Mochi 22/3/10 19:10

Yea, I get what you mean! It's good though! Oh, well! Once in a while, who cares about the calories! ;) Yours look so damn good!

Bob 22/3/10 19:57

I've never seen those before, but they look wicked good.

Mary 22/3/10 21:10

How gorgeous are these? They sound wonderful and that topping is extraordinary.

Patty 22/3/10 22:00

That looks fantastic! I like how detailed you get in your instructions, it makes it so much easier for the rest of us inexperienced cooks :)

Mother Rimmy 23/3/10 05:13

These look fantastic. I love that you admit they aren't probably the healthiest, but a treat here and there never hurt anyone. :)

Sarah 23/3/10 05:57

One of my favorites!

Saveurs et Gourmandises 23/3/10 11:25

Encore un pain réussi et certainement savoureux.
Je note ta recette.
A bientôt.

Katy ~ 23/3/10 14:44

Absolutely beautiful. Photographs make this look irresistible. I would definitely be sneaking one (or two) and thoroughly enjoying them!

Fearless Kitchen 23/3/10 16:28

This looks great! I can see why it would be called a pineapple bun - it kind of looks a little like a pineapple when the surface is scored.

Mrs Multitasker 23/3/10 17:23

WOW they look amazing!! I never knew that's what went into po lo bao! And I never considered making my own! Inspired =)

Jagruti 23/3/10 18:03

Those buns looks superb!! tempting and delicious..:-))

Catherine 24/3/10 01:50

Oooh, this looks so yummy Angie! Wonderful recipe!

theUngourmet 24/3/10 04:16

I don't think I've ever seen poppy paste. These are so pretty and I can imagine they are super yummy!

Xiaolu @ 6 Bittersweets 24/3/10 04:52

I love poppy seed. What a great combo of flavors!

Art and Appetite 24/3/10 21:20

Angie, this is unheard of. I've never really heard of anything like this. It does remind me of something that I've eaten in the PHilippines though. I can already feel the texture in my mouth. AHHHHH gosh! Please can I have some!

Belinda @zomppa 29/3/10 01:42

These are my sister's favorites! And one of mine - I'm so impressed.

The Duo Dishes 30/3/10 07:32

The pastry looks good. This is would be fun to make.

Belinda @zomppa 13/4/10 13:48

With poppy? Man, you're some genius!! This is my sister's favorite - I'm nervous to try making them!


As always, any thoughts, comments, and suggestions that you may have are welcome and greatly appreciated. Please remember to use the "Name/Url" when commenting rather than linking to your profile page for more exposure!

Add to Google


Angie's Recipes

Angie's Recipes is an interactive blog dedicated to sharing yummy & creative recipes, helpful cooking hints and tips. Enjoy your visit and spread the word!


Join Us

skip to top

skip to top