Walnut and Red Bean Paste Steamed Buns

Walnut and Red Bean Paste Steamed Buns

A steaming cup of green tea is a perfect accompaniment to this savory Japanese dessert. Wow your holiday guests by serving this not-too-sweet dessert in addition to your traditional holiday baking.

Ingredients

Dough

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/3 cup ground California walnuts
  • 2 tbsp granulated sugar
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 3-4 tbsp water
  • 1 tbsp canola oil
  • Walnut and Red Bean Paste
  • 1 cup California walnuts, chopped
  • 3/4 cup red bean paste*
  • 8 2” x 2” squares of parchment paper
  • 8 California walnut halves

Directions

  1. In bowl whisk together flour, baking powder, ground walnuts, sugar and salt. Drizzle with water and oil and stir to form shaggy dough. Place dough on a floured surface and knead until smooth, about 5 minutes. Divide into 8 pieces.
  2. Roll out each piece into a disc that is 1/2-inch (1 cm) thick. Combine ground walnuts and red bean paste. Divide and shape into 8 balls. Wrap dough around balls of paste, pinching bottoms to seal. Place on squares of parchment paper and top each with a walnut half. Arrange in a single layer in a steamer. Cover and cook over rapidly boiling water for approximately 20 minutes.
  3. Serve immediately or store in airtight container. Can be frozen up to one month.