Purple Sweet Potato Rose mantou (Rose Chinese bao)

I never did anything successful in my first attempt, but this one was exceptional.

I tried for the first time, and I got the most perfect Rose shape mantou that I ever expected. These rose mantou made me happy for a week, I tell ya!

I took many pictures of them, I just love looking at my rose pau. They are so beautiful. My first rose mantou. After that, I tried making yellow pumpkin rose mantou too.  I have blogged about it here.

I still find this purple roses look better than the yellow one, may be the purple dough proofed much better than the yellow dough. The proofing could be vary by the weather and the air temperature.

Purple Sweet Potato Rose Mantou
(Recipe is adapted from http://www.yummylittlecooks.com/2012/06/purple-sweet-potato-rose-mantou.html)
250gm steamed purple sweet potato
200gm water
500gm pau flour
1 tsp baking powder
100gm sugar
50gm shortening/Crisco
1/4 tsp salt
11gm instant yeast

Mash sweet potato, or blitz sweet potato with almost all the water to get a fine paste. Purple varieties tend to be firmer than orange ones.
With balance of water, mix with yeast.
Combine everything except shortening and mix to form a dough.
Put in shortening and knead until dough is smooth. Add slightly more flour is dough is way too sticky to handle. If the dough is sticky but can retain its form, like not slacking down, just continue to knead, the gluten just hasn’t form, there’s no need to add extra flour.
Cover and let dough proof until double, about 1 hour.
Punch down dough and knead for 1-2 minutes.
Divide dough into 50gm portions and form as you wish. For rose bud formation method, please read instructions below.
Cover and let the formed dough proof until doubled for another 45 minutes.
Steam on high heat for 12 minutes.


  1. wah, Mak Yannie is already starting to make rose mantou now to prepare herself for a perfect Valentine's gift for JJ.. purple rose, that is very sweet, and I can see it is indeed rose!! I didn't doubt the shape, so meaning a Yannie is very successful!!! :)

  2. I think Yannie can make 12 rose mantou in different colors for JJ and this would be the most economical yet the sweetest Valentines rose ever.. outside one stalk already over RM10, but these mantou all also no need RM10 hor?? hehe~~ :p

  3. Must be very tasty, all natural colours from the purple sweet potatoes and so beautiful the roses. Almost sayang to eat them.

  4. So pretty...like the one making them! Wink! Wink!

  5. Wow..so beautiful, Yan. Good job. I never successfully make pao or mantou. I need to learn more before can actually get a better result.hehhe

  6. Looking good, you are getting pro in baking!

  7. Wow...the mantou looks so good....like a rose.

  8. Yannie, I love your mantou roses! You did them so well. And nice to eat too :)

  9. You are so creative. Love the roses. Too pretty to be eaten!