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Monaka-style Adzuki Bean Cracker Sandwiches With the Aroma of Pickled Plums and Shiso Leaves

Monaka-style Adzuki Bean Cracker Sandwiches With the Aroma of Pickled Plums and Shiso Leaves

Anko sandwiches, with shiso leaves and pickled plum are a cinch to make. It's an aromatic, western style Japanese sweet.

Ingredients: Makes 6

Crackers (I used Ritz crackers)
12
Canned boiled adzuki beans
1 small can (190 g)
Umeboshi (I recommend honey umeboshi)
1 large (or 2 small or medium)
Shiso leaves
3 to 4
A: Sugar
1 tablespoon
Powdered kanten
1 g
Butter (optional)
as desired
Cheese (optional)
as desired

Steps

1. Take the pit out of the umeboshi and mince the flesh. Finely chop the shiso leaves.
2. Put the boiled adzuki beans, umeboshi and A ingredients (sugar, powdered kanten) in a saucepan and mix together. Cook over low heat, stirring constantly.
3. It will become thick after 3-5 minutes. Remove from heat before it becomes too thick and stir in the finely chopped shiso leaves.
4. Let cool, and the "Plum Shiso Bean Paste" is done. Put in as many shiso leaves as you like.
5. Sandwich the filling between crackers and that's it Garnish with more shiso leaves...
6. Variation 1: Spread with butter for an anko butter sandwich.
7. Variation 2: Spread with cream cheese for an anko cheese sandwich.
8. These are the crackers I used this time.

Story Behind this Recipe

A Japanese style snack made with crackers sandwiched with adzuki bean paste, shiso leaves and pickled plums.
I came up with these while eating Monaka (bean jam wafers).