I often use sweetened butter bean paste for making Japanese sweets, but my husband is not a big fan of sweetened beans. He doesn’t eat even ‘Azuki’ Red Bean paste which is an essential ingredient for Asian sweets. I realised that the sweetness and the flavour of beans are not a good mix for some people. Then I added a variety of flavours to the butter bean paste. These spreads are just delicious and anyone can enjoy.


Plain Butter Bean Spread

200g Canned Butter Beans
*You get about 200g Beans from a 400g can.
100g Butter *softened
1/4 cup Caster Sugar
Cream OR Milk *optional

Method

Rinse Butter Beans and drain very well. Place Butter Beans, softened Butter and Sugar into a food processor and make them into smooth paste. To make the mixture softer, add small amount of Cream or Milk and process to combine.

Flavours

By adding extra ingredients to ‘Plain Butter Bean Spread’, you can create a variety of flavours.

Chocolate


100g Plain Butter Bean Spread
2 tablespoons Cocoa Powder
1-2 tablespoon Cream/Milk
1-2 teaspoons Rum, Cointreau, etc. *optional


Chocolate & Coffee


100g Plain Butter Bean Spread
2 tablespoons Cocoa Powder
1-2 tablespoon Cream/Milk
1 teaspoon Instant Coffee Powder
1-2 teaspoons Rum, Brandy, Kahlúa *optional

Chestnut


100g Plain Butter Bean Spread
2 tablespoons Sweetened Chestnut Paste


Condensed Milk


100g Plain Butter Bean Spread
2-3 tablespoons Condensed Milk
1/2 teaspoon Vanilla Extract

Lemon Curd


100g Plain Butter Bean Spread
2-3 tablespoons Lemon Curd


Matcha


100g Plain Butter Bean Spread
1-2 teaspoons Matcha Powder
1 tablespoons Condensed Milk