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.


For the Dough:

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/3 cup ground California walnuts
  • 2 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3-4 tablespoons water
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil

For the Walnut and Red Bean Paste:

  • 1 cup California walnuts, chopped
  • 3/4 cup red bean paste
  • 8 (2-inch x 2-inch) squares of parchment paper
  • 8 California walnut halves


  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 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.