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Little piggy faces



18 portion(s)


  • 100 g unsalted butter, cut into pieces
  • 600 g plain flour, plus extra for dusting
  • 100 g full cream milk
  • 150 g natural yoghurt
  • 50 g pouring (whipping) cream
  • 2 tsp dried instant yeast
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp salt

Pork filling

  • 500 g pork fillet, cut into cubes (3 cm) and slightly frozen
  • 0.25 tsp ground ginger
  • 0.25 tsp Ground Coriander
  • 0.25 tsp salt
  • 0.5 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 2 tbsp cornflour
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 egg yolk


  • 1 egg, separated
  • 40 g currants, flattened to make eyes
  • 2 tsp pouring (whipping) cream

Recipe's preparation

  1. Place butter and 150 g of the flour into mixing bowl and mix 3 sec/speed 6. Transfer into a bowl and set aside.
  2. Place milk, yoghurt, cream, yeast, sugar, egg, salt and remaining 450 g flour into mixing bowl and mix 40 sec/speed 4.
  3. Add reserved butter mixture and knead 1 min 30 sec/Dough mode. Transfer into a bowl, cover with plastic wrap or wrap in a silicone bread mat (ThermoMat) and set aside to prove for 1 1/2 hours, until doubled in size. Clean and dry mixing bowl.
  4. Pork filling
  5. Place 250 g of the pork into mixing bowl and mince Turbo/1 sec/4-6 times. Transfer into a bowl and set aside.
  6. Place remaining pork into mixing bowl and mince Turbo/1 sec/4-6 times. Scrape down sides of mixing bowl with spatula.
  7. Add all remaining filling ingredients, including reserved pork mince, and combine Turbo/1 sec/2 times. Set aside.
  8. Assembly
  9. Line 2 baking trays (30 x 40 cm) with baking paper and set aside.
  10. Divide dough into 2 equal portions. Roll out each portion of the dough (3 mm thickness). Using round cookie cutters (10 cm and 3.5 cm), cut out a total of 18 large circles (10 cm) and 27 small circles (3.5 cm). Re-roll leftover dough and cut out as needed.
  11. Place 2-3 teaspoons of the reserved pork filling into the centre of each of the large circles, then bring edges together to enclose filling and seal bun. Place seam side down onto prepared baking trays.
  12. Using the end of a plastic straw, cut out two holes in each of the 18 smaller circles (to form pigs' snouts). Discard dough in straw. Brush faces with egg white and attach a snout to the front of each bun.
  13. Cut remaining 9 small circles into quarters (to make pigs' ears). Brush tops of buns with a little more egg white and attach 2 ears onto the top of each bun, pressing down firmly to secure. Push 2 currants into buns (to make pigs' eyes) above the snout.
  14. Place egg yolk and cream into a bowl and beat, then brush egg wash all over buns.
  15. Place buns into a cold oven, set temperature to 180°C and bake for 20-22 minutes (180°C) until golden brown. Set aside to cool slightly before serving.

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  • Made these for Luna New Year, along with dry...

    Submitted by heatherbv on 16. February 2019 - 09:59.

    Made these for Luna New Year, along with dry spices I added,some fresh lemongrass,ginger,garlic,were a little bit fiddly but they were are fabulous Everyone just loved the pastry so very soft and fluffy

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