Chocolate Xiao Long Bao

February 25, 2021
0 Ratings
Photo by simmerandsauce
  • Prep time 45 minutes
  • Cook time 3 hours
  • makes 30
Author Notes

Din Tai Fung's copycat Chocolate Xiao Long Bao also known as their dessert Xiao Long Bao are like nothing you've had before. If you've dumplings, this is a dish for you. —simmerandsauce

What You'll Need
  • 3 1/4 cups bread flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 3/4 cup boiling water
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 4 ounces bittersweet chocolate
  • 4 ounces semisweet chocolate
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  2. For the Dough: In the bowl of a kitchen mixer, such as a KitchenAid fitted with a paddle attachment, add the flour and the salt, mix well. Add the hot water and pulse to blend. Add the cold water and pulse on and off to incorporate. Remove the paddle attachment and replace with hook. Knead the dough for about 10 minutes until the dough is smooth and slightly tacky. (Note: the dough will not look perfect just yet, don’t panic).
  3. Using your hands, form the dough into a ball and lightly dust it with flour. Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and let it rest for about 20 minutes on the counter if making right away or in the refrigerator if making later.
  2. For the Chocolate Ganache and Xiao Long Bao Assembly: For the Ganache: In a small saucepan, add the chocolate, heavy cream and place over a low flame. Bring a simmer and remove from the heat. Allow the mixture to sit for a few minutes and whisk to blend.
  3. Transfer the ganache to a small bowl, cover with plastic wrap and allow to chill for at least 2 hours
  4. Once the ganache has set, remove from the refrigerator. Using a melon baller teaspoon (and your hands), roll the ganache into small balls. Place on a plate and repeat until you have used up all the ganache. Place in the refrigerator until needed.
  5. Assembling the Chocolate Xiao Long Bao: Remove the dough from the refrigerator and divide into 2 equal pieces. Take one piece (cover the remaining piece with plastic wrap) and roll it into a long thin log. Using pastry scraper or paring knife, cut dough into smaller pieces weighing between 4.8-5.2 grams per piece. Work one dough ball at a time, while keeping the remaining dough covered with plastic wrap. (Note: This part is critical, you must weigh the dough on a kitchen scale to get the right amount. This range allows for the wrappers to be rolled out as thin as needed for the right texture).
  6. Remove the ganache balls from the refrigerator and set near your work station. Roll one of the dough balls between your palms to get a nice, round, smooth ball. Using a rolling pin, roll it out flat to about 3″ round.
  7. Place a ganache ball in the middle of the dough circle. Pinch pleat all the way around as shown in the video link above. Repeat with the remaining dough and ganache. This recipe will yield a bit more dough than needed, but that was to allow for errors when assembling/folding.
  8. Steaming the Dumplings: Line the steamer with a piece of parchment paper with small holes (made by a paring knife) at the bottom to allow the steam to escape. Place a few Xiao Long Bao in the steamer being careful not to overcrowd them. Steam over medium heat for 5 minutes. Serve the chocolate Xiao Long Bao right away directly from bamboo steamer. Repeat with the remaining Xiao Long Bao.

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meganvt01 February 28, 2021
Also - you recipe refers to a video for additional instructions but i don't see a link. Thanks!
meganvt01 February 28, 2021
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