Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Green Tea and Red Bean Buns

These ended up tasting pretty good, but when and if I make them again, I would up the amount of red bean paste and half the amount of green tea powder (I used 2 tablespoons), to better balance these two flavours, which work so well together. I used ricotta cheese instead of quark cheese, it works just as well.

Green Tea and Red Bean Buns
150 g Quark Cheese, liquid removed
6 tbsp Milk
6 tbsp Oil
75 g Sugar
3 tsp Vanilla Sugar
pinch salt
300 g Flour, sifted
3 tsp Baking Powder
1-2 Tbsp matcha green tea powder

Remove most of the liquid from the cheese (Note: weight of cheese is without liquid). Combine cheese, milk, oil, sugars and salt. Stir until smooth.

Combine flour and baking powder. Add half the flour mixture by tablespoonfuls to the cheese mixture. Knead in the rest of the flour mixture.

1/2-2/3 cup sweet red bean paste (from a Chinese supermarket, or make your own using adzuki beans)
milk to brush on

Roll out the dough to a size of 45 X 35 cm; brush on milk. Spread out the red bean paste on the dough to a thin layer. Roll up the dough into log form by the short side. Cut the log into 1/2 inch circles. Place onto greased sheet and press down slightly to flatten. Bake at 350F for 18 - 20 minutes.

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