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Pineapple-An Manju

Pineapple-An Manju

Make bite-sized manju (sweet bean buns) with Recipe ID: 367172 and shiro-an.

Ingredients: makes 12 manjus (about 1227 kcal)

For the pineapple-an:
Shiro-an (sweet white bean paste)
180 g
Jam (Recipe ID: 367172)
about 40 g
For the Dough:
Cake flour
100 g
Whole egg
1
Powdered sugar
30 g
Unsalted butter
10 g
Baking soda + water
1/4 teaspoon + 1/4 teaspoon
◎ Cake flour
for dusting (as needed)
For egg wash:
Egg
1/2
Mirin
1 teaspoon
For the topping:
Poppy seeds
to taste

Steps

1. Divide the shiro-an for "pineapple-an" into 12 equal portions.
2. Roll each of them up.
3. You are going to wrap about 1/2 of teaspoon of the jam in the shiro-an.
4. Flatten the shiro-an balls into circles. Dent the center with your finger and place the jam on top.
5. Gather the outside shiro-an little by little to wrap the jam.
6. Gently adjust the shape and it is done.
7. Wrap each of them with plastic wrap and chill in the refrigerator.
8. [For the dough] Add the egg and sugar in a food processer and press start.
9. Add the butter and blend. Dissolve the baking soda with the water and add to the food processer, then add flour and blend the dough.
10. The dough should come together like this.
11. Dust some cake flour in a shallow container. Place the dough in it and divide it into 2 pieces.
12. Divide the dough into 12 equal pieces. Roll the dough which is about the softness of your earlobe into a circle. (If it is wrinkly, pat it with your hand to spread it.)
13. Wrap the shiro-an with the dough by gathering its edges.
14. Place each dough seam-side down.
15. Apply the egg wash.
16. Top them with the poppy seeds.
17. Bake them in the oven at 180℃ for 15 minutes and they are done.
18. This is the cross section

Story Behind this Recipe

I referred to a manju recipe from a book called "Make Japanese Confections with a Microwave and a Food Processer" by Haruko Kaneko (Kodan publishing).