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STEAMED CAKES WITH RED BEANS (FUKASHI MANJU)

1/4 cup margarine
1 1/2 cup sugar
1 egg
1 cup milk
3 cup flour
pinch salt
5 tsp baking powder
sweet red bean paste (anko) shaped into walnut-sized balls

Mix margarine & sugar. Blend well. Add egg and milk. Mix well.
Combine flour, salt and baking powder. Add to above mixture. Divide
dough into 4 equal portions. Lightly roll out on floured board and
shape into 1 1/4 inch balls. Flatten dough in palm of hand, forming
small well in center. Place sweet red bean paste (anko) ball in
center and shape into round cakes pinching dough to seal. Place
each cake on a 1 1/2 inch to 2 inch square piece of white paper,
place in steamer; steam about 12-15 minutes. Serve.

Sweet red bean paste can be found canned in Oriental/Asian markets.

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Tasty, but makes alot!, January 27, 2005 - 02:12 AM
Reviewer: Robin from Iowa, USA
I've been looking for a recipe for red bean paste cakes for a long time. This is by far the simplest and tastiest I've found. And most people have the majority of the ingrediants lying around, making it even easier. The one hang up would be finding cans of sweetened red bean paste. I was lucky to find them at the local oriental food store. There are some recipes that have you make it yourself right from the beans- but that's a needless step, really. Preperation is straight forward, but be aware that the cakes will puff up in the steamer. Also, the recipe does not list how many this makes. I would estimate around 20 cakes, which is quite alot when each cake is about 3-4 inches in diameter. Not realizing this, I now have a veritable mountain in my fridge. But, at least they're very tasty!

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