Adzuki Bean Sweet Pie

We've shared with you adzuki bean buns, adzuki bean rice cake and bread filled with adzuki bean paste; you should now try a pie with sweet adzuki bean paste filling. Or, if you're not keen on sweet pie, give the adzuki bean savoury pie a go.

All we did was merely making a little adjustment on the adzuki bean paste ingredients, and combined it with the shortcrust pastry recipe.

Ingredients (pastry):

  • 60g salted butter
  • 120g plain flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon castor sugar
  • Some cold water

Ingredients (filling):

  • 100gram Adzuki Bean
  • 3-4 pandan (screwpine) leaves
  • 20gram brown sugar
  • 30ml fresh milk
  • 25gram fresh cream
  • 1 tablespoon corn flour

Preparation:

  1. Prepare the pastry with the above scaled-down ingredients.
  2. Heat oven to 180°C. Divide the pastry dough into half, roll out each on to about 3mm thick and line into a 6-inch pie dish.
  3. Poke some tiny holes on the base of the pastry with a fork. Fill the pastry with a layer of baking beans and bake for about 10 minutes. Remove beans and bake for another 10 minutes. Remove from oven and set aside.
  4. Boil the adzuki bean with the pandan leaves till it is soft. Fish out the leaves and mash the adzuki beans with a masher.
  5. Mix the adzuki bean mash with the rest of the ingredients for filling, and cook the mixture till it is thick and pasty.
  6. Pour the filling into the dish, bake for 10-15 minutes. If filling is still runny then bake further for 5 minutes.
  7. Makes two 6-inch pies.
  8. Serve hot or chilled.

Versatility Note:

  1. Feel free to add in other ingredients to the filling, such as lotus seeds, sesame seeds and lily bulb.
  2. You can use a food processor for the filling instead of a masher, should you prefer a more refined texture.
  3. The amount of sugar can be reduced or increased depending on your preference.
  4. You can make one large pie instead of 2 small ones, but smaller ones are always easier to handle. And if the first one is not up to your expectation you can still improve on the second.
  5. Make extra pastry if you wish to have a top crust over the pie.