Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie Bao

Standard Chinese fare – a savoury bao bun – becomes a new dessert everyone will love. Mix up a luscious peanut butter cream flavoured with Pure Vanilla Extract. Dollop into homemade Chocolate Bao Buns and top with salted peanuts and chocolate sauce.
30 min
20 min


  • Chocolate Bao Buns
  • 1 cup (250 milliliters) Coconut Milk
  • 85 grams semi-sweet baking chocolate, chopped
  • 1/2 cup (125 milliliters) granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoon (30 milliliters) coconut oil
  • 2 teaspoon (10 milliliters) Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 3 1/2 cups (875 milliliters) self-rising flour
  • Peanut Butter Cream
  • 1/2 cup (125 milliliters) creamy peanut butter
  • 113 grams (1/2 package) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup (60 milliliters) confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 tablespoon (15 milliliters) Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 1/2 cup (125 milliliters) heavy cream
  • Toppings
  • 1/4 cup (60 milliliters) chopped salted peanuts
  • 28 grams semi-sweet baking chocolate, melted


  • 1 For the bao buns, microwave coconut milk in medium microwavable bowl for 1 minute on HIGH or until hot. Stir in chopped chocolate until melted. Add granulated sugar, coconut oil and vanilla. Gradually stir in flour until combined. (Work in flour by hand as dough gets stiffer.) Form into a ball. Cover and let rest 30 minutes.
  • 2 Roll out dough on lightly floured surface to 1/4-inch (6 mm) thickness. Cut out 16 rounds (3- to 3½-inches (7½ - 9 cm) in diameter) with cutter. (Reroll scraps and cut out rounds just once. Overworking dough may cause bao buns not to rise properly.)
  • 3 Brush dough rounds lightly with additional coconut oil. Fold over each round without pressing down. Cover with damp kitchen towel. Let rest 10 minutes.
  • 4 To cook the Bao Buns, pour 1 inch of water into large pot. Bring to boil. Line a steamer basket with parchment paper. Place some of the bao buns in steamer basket. (Do not overcrowd steamer as buns will expand during cooking.) Insert steamer basket in pot. Cover. Steam on medium heat 10 minutes or until buns have expanded. Transfer buns to wire rack to cool. Repeat with remaining bao buns.
  • 5 For the Peanut Butter Cream, beat peanut butter, cream cheese and confectioners’ sugar in large bowl with electric mixer until smooth. Add heavy cream and vanilla; beat until light and fluffy.
  • 6 To assemble, gently split bao buns. Dollop a spoonful of Peanut Butter Cream into each bao bun. Top with peanuts and drizzle with melted chocolate. Serve immediately.


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