Sake Lees Manju (Steamed Buns)

Sake Lees Manju (Steamed Buns)

These manju have an amazake-like aroma. Even those who don't like sake are likely to enjoy these.


Sake lees
30 g
300 g
★ Cake flour
100 g
★ Baking powder
1 teaspoon
☆ Sugar
50 g
☆ Sake
1 tablespoon
☆ Mirin
1/2 tablespoon
Katakuriko (for dusting)
as needed


1. Microwave the sake lees for 30 seconds. Transfer to a bowl, mash a little, then add the ☆ ingredients and mix. Add the ★ dry ingredients, then knead until it forms a ball. The dough should be the firmness of your earlobe. If it's too firm, add sake.
2. Dust work surface with katakuriko, then evenly divide the dough into bite-sized pieces. Divide the anko into the same number of pieces and roll into balls. Roll out the dough into flat circles like gyoza skins. They should be thicker than gyoza skins.
3. Wrap the dough around the anko, then shape. Steam in a steamer for about 15 minutes, and they're done!

Story Behind this Recipe

I came up with this recipe by recalling the type of manju I used to eat. It was my first time making them, so the shapes were irregular and the anko (sweet adzuki bean paste) spilled out a bit, but the taste turned out just right.