Have you guys ever had sweet red bean paste? It’s possibly the most common filling in Asia – you’ll find it in all types of breads, steamed buns, pastries, etc. The sound of it may seem strange – sweet red bean paste – but if you think about it, coffee is really hot bean juice, so we all have our oddities.
My Japanese mother-in-law always stocks me up on Japanese foods when we see her, including red bean paste. A lot of times it will sit there for months, but this time around I was determined to use it right away for something fun. And thus these animal buns were born.
The red bean paste can be found at any Asian store and I would also expect it to be in the Asian section of large grocery stores. But you can also sub out for any filling of your choice. Chocolate or custard would be just as delicious. Recipe below:
- 2-1/2 cups bread flour + 3 Tbsp for roux
- 1/2 cup water + 2 Tbsp
- 2 tsp active dry yeast
- 4 Tbsp granulated sugar
- 3 Tbsp unsalted butter
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 egg
- 1/2 cup milk + extra for wash
- sweet read bean filling
- 2 Tbsp cocoa powder
Bread recipe adapted from HERE.