Matcha Red Bean Buns
This pastry is a combination of my 2 favorite things: red bean and matcha. This matcha red bean bun has a matcha flavored bun with a filling of red bean paste.
Servings: 16 buns
Red Bean Paste
Soak the adzuki beans in water overnight.
Drain the beans. Combine the beans and water in a small sauce pan. Bring the water to a boil. Cover and let it simmer for 45 minutes - 1 hour until the beans are mushy. Use the back of a spoon or vegetable/potato masher to mash up the beans.
Add the sugar and continue to heat the beans until a thick mixture forms (1-2 minutes). It should look like a very thick bean soup.
Set aside the red bean paste. The paste will thicken as it sits.
Add matcha powder, flour, and baking powder to a bowl and mix. Set aside.
Heat the milk until warm (100-110 degrees F). Transfer the milk to a small bowl. Add yeast and 1 teaspoon of sugar and mix. Let the mixture sit for 10 minutes until it starts to foam. Add vegetable oil and the rest of the sugar. Stir until combined.
Add the wet ingredients to a large mixing bowl and add in your dry ingredients from step 1. Combine with your hands. Once all the ingredients come together, dump the dough onto a floured surface and knead for 10 minutes. Add flour if the dough is too sticky. The dough has been kneaded enough if you poke the dough and it slowly springs back at you. Once done, transfer it to an oiled bowl and cover with a towel. Let it rise in a warm place for an hour.
Once the dough is finished proofing, divide it into 16 equal pieces.
Make the matcha red bean buns!
Roll out each piece into a thin circle that is 3-4 inches in diameter. The outer edges should be thinner than the center. Make sure the center is not too thin.
Add 1 tablespoon of red bean paste to the center of the dough.
Envelop the filling with the outer edges of the dough. Gather the outer edges of the dough with your fingers and pinch to close. Place the bun, seam side down, onto a piece of parchment paper.
Prepare your steamer by bringing water to a simmer. Steam your buns for 10 minutes. Make sure there is at least 1 inch of space between each bun since they will expand.
Serving: 1bun | Calories: 98kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 68mg | Potassium: 62mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 65IU | Calcium: 51mg | Iron: 1mg