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Easy Manju

Easy Manju

It's actually pretty easy and cheap to make manju yourself.

Ingredients: 9 buns

Cake flour
80 g
Baking soda (or baking powder)
1/4 teaspoon
Sugar
30 g
Condensed milk
15 g
Butter
10 g
Egg
25 g (half of medium sized egg)
Store-bought anko (I used tsubu-an)
130 g

Steps

1. Add the egg, sugar, condensed milk, and melted butter into a bowl, mixing with each addition.
2. Sift in the cake flour and baking soda, and mix with a rubber spatula.
3. Once the dough comes together, wrap in plastic wrap, and let rest in the fridge for about 30 minutes.
4. In the meantime, divide the anko into 9 portions and roll up into balls.
5. Divide the rested dough into 9 pieces, roll them out (with your hands is fine), wrap up the anko, and place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Make sure place them seam side down.
6. Brush the surface with the leftover egg using the back of a spoon or a brush, and bake for 10 to 15 minutes in a preheated 180℃ oven. (Adjust the time accordingly.)
7. It's done. Once cooled, wrap in plastic wrap and they will become even moist with time.
8. I used chunky anko this time, but you can also use a finely mashed anko, or put a chestnut inside!

Story Behind this Recipe

I don't have a steamer, so I just made this easy-to-make baked manju in the oven.
It's homemade, and only costs about 20 yen each. 1 manju = about 90 kcal.