‘An Pan’ is a Japanese sweet bread roll filled with ‘Azuki’ Red Bean Paste. ‘An (sweet paste filling) + Pan (bread)’ can be made with other fillings but the most popular filling is ‘Azuki’ Red Bean Paste.
Japan has a children’s super hero named ‘Anpan-man’ who’s head made of ‘An Pan’. The ‘Anpan-man’ stories are very popular and my children used to be totally mad about the anime adaptation series. I still have VHS video tapes.
Bread Flour 2 cups
Salt 1/2 teaspoon
Yeast 1 teaspoon
Sugar 2 tablespoons
Milk 3/4 cup *warmed
Egg 1 *save about 1/2 tablespoon for brushing the rolls later
Butter 20g *melted
‘Tsubu-an’ (‘Azuki’ Red Bean Paste)
- Heat Milk and Sugar in microwave for 30 seconds. When it is warm, add Yeast and mix well.
- Combine Bread Flour, Salt, Egg, Butter and the yeast mixture. Turn onto a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth and elastic.
- Brush a large bowl with oil, place the dough and cover with a plastic wrap. Set aside in a warm place for 1 hour or until dough doubles in size.
- Make 1 heaped tablespoon of ‘Tsubu-an’ into a ball, and make 12 balls.
- Turn the dough onto lightly floured surface and divide the dough into 12 even portions. Flatten each portion to about 10cm disc, place 1 ball of ‘Tsubu-an’, and bring the dough together to enclose pinching the edges.
- Place the bun, sealed side down, on baking paper on a baking tray. Repeat with the remaining dough, then set aside for about 1 hour to rise.
- Preheat oven to 180°C. Add small amount of water to the remaining egg, brush the top of the buns with the egg mixture, and bake for 15 minutes or until nicely brown.