BM #75 Day 1 - A
Welcome to another edition of Mega Marathon also nick named, Bake Around The World. We, the BM group, will travel around the globe one letter each day to discover the baked goodies with that letter of the alphabet.
It is A for An Pan in this space.
An Pan is a traditional sweet bread with a sweet red bean paste, called Anko, from Japan. Apparently, most bakeries in Japan with the influence of France, have loads of breads but An Pan is their beloved bread.
The bread/bun turned out super soft and the sweet filling reminded us of our very own Kudumulu with Chana Dal or Toor Dal and Jaggery filling.
Recipe Adapted from here
All Purpose Flour 1 1/2 cups
Cornstarch 1 Tbsp
Milk Powder 1 Tbsp
Salt 1/4 tsp
Active Dry Yeast 1 tsp
Milk 1/2 cup + 1 Tbsp
Sugar 2 tsp
Butter at room temperature 1 Tbsp
Milk 2 tsp + 1 tsp Butter as a substitute for Egg wash
Sesame Seeds for topping (Traditionally black sesame seeds or black poppy seeds are used)
Adzuki Beans / Red Chori Beans 1/2 cup
Sugar 1/2 cup (or more if preferred)
Method Of Preparation -
For the Filling -
Wash and soak the beans in 2 cups of water for about 3-4 hours.
Drain and pressure cook with 1 cup of water for 20 minutes or 4-5 hisses.
Drain and transfer into a heated pan. Mash the beans with the back of a ladle and add sugar.
Let the mixture simmer and come together as a single mass.
Remove from heat and allow it to cool. Make 8 portions of the filling and set aside.
For the Dough -
Mix the flour, cornstarch, milk powder and salt and set aside.
In warm milk, add sugar and yeast. Mix well and let the yeast get activated.
I used a stand mixer to knead the dough so I transferred the yeast solution into a stand mixer bowl and gradually add in the flour mixture.
Knead for about 5-6 minutes on low until the dough comes together in a sticky mass.
Add in butter at room temperature and knead in medium speed until the dough is smooth and elastic.
Cover and set in a draft free, warm place to the dough to double in size.
After the dough doubles in size, deflate the dough and divide into 8 equal portions.
Cover and set aside the 8 portions of dough for 15-20 minutes.
To make the An Pan -
Flatten each portion of the dough, put in the filling, and close the edges and make a smooth round ball.
Brush with the egg wash and sprinkle some sesame seeds. Cover and let them rise for another 45 min.
Preheat the oven to 400 °F.
Bake them in the middle rack for about 17 minutes. (Each oven is different so keep an eye on the buns after 15 minutes).
Remove onto a cooling rack and serve them warm with a brush of butter.