Adzuki Bean Filled Wholemeal Bread

Adzuki bean, or red bean, has such a versatile natural sweet taste that is suitable for making all sorts of cakes and pastries. We've tried making this bread filled with adzuki bean paste and the kids love them!

Ingredients (filling):

  • 200g Adzuki Bean
  • 100g brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt

Ingredients (bread):

  • 3/4 cup whole milk
  • 3/4 cup warm water
  • 2 cups wholemeal flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 level teaspoon salt
  • 1 level tablespoon vegetable butter or margarine
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons active dry yeast

Preparation:

  1. Boil the bean till it is soft, blend it fine (with the water) in a blender.
  2. Mix the blended adzuki bean with brown sugar and sea salt, and cook the mixture till it is pasty.
  3. Add in the cooking oil and stir well. Remove from heat and put aside to cool.
  4. Mix the flour in a large mixing bowl with the sugar and the salt.
  5. Add the vegetable butter or margarine and blend it into the flour by rubbing it with the tip of your fingers.
  6. Stir the dry yeast into the flour and margarine mix.
  7. Add in the water and milk slowly and stir constantly with a wooden spoon to get the mixture together.
  8. Stir till the mixture gets thicker and tougher, and stops sticking to the bowl (you can add a little more flour if it is too sticky).
  9. Place the dough onto a floured surface. Knead the dough for about 5 – 10 minutes till it is smooth and stretchy.
  10. Divide the dough into two equal parts. Knead each part of the dough into a round flat shape. Fill each with half of the adzuki bean paste, wrap it up and roll it into any shape you like.
  11. Cover the loaves with the cling film and place them in a warm place (could be the airing cupboard in winter, or in summer the room temperature).
  12. Set the oven to 230°C/450°F/Gas Mark 8
  13. When the loaves have about doubled in size (after about 30 minutes), remove the cling film and place them onto a baking tray and in the centre of the oven.
  14. Bake for 20-25 minutes till they are golden brown.

Versatility Note:

  1. If you prefer a little crunchy texture for the bean, you can skip the blending procedure.
  2. Sugar for the bean filling can be adjusted according to your desired taste.
  3. Milk can be replaced with soya milk if you like.