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Video:How to Make Manju

with Mamie Nishide

Kuri manju is a traditional Japanese dessert like a stuffed baked pastry. Check out how to make kuri manju for a Japanese sweet treat.See Transcript

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Transcript:How to Make Manju

Hi, I’m Mamie Nishide of Japanese Cooking Studio in New York eare, here for About.com. I’m going to show you how to make Kuri Manju, which is a traditional Japanese dessert.

Ingredients for Kuri Manju:

1 ½ oz. sugar
1 egg
½ oz. butter
1/4 tsp. baking soda plus 1/2 teaspoon water
3 ½ oz. cake flour
1 can organic azuki beans cooked in water, no salt added.
3 tbsp. sugar
1 can chestnut cooked in syrup
1 egg yolk1 teaspoon mirin
1 tsp. poppy seeds

Mix Manju Dough

Pre heat oven to 360F. Mix sugar and egg in a food processor until smooth. Add butter mix. Add baking soda and flour, process until smooth. Wrap with plastic and rest for 30 minutes.

Prepare the Manju Chestnut and Bean Filling

Make azuki an: Drain and wash azuki beans. Mix azuki beans and sugar in a food processor until smooth. For tsubu an, stop process when the azuki beans still have some shapes. Make 12 azuki balls. In a small pot, heat the chestnut once and drain. Let it cool. Ok, now let’s make inside of the manju, which is sweet red bean paste and chestnuts. Take one chestnut and wrap around with one asuki ball. Do the same for others.

Wrap Chestnut Ball in the Manju Dough and Bake

Now it’s time to roll the dough. First you spread flour on the counter. Make a log first. Cut it to 12 pieces. Make 12 balls.Take one dough ball and flatten to 1/8 inch thickness, Place one azuki and chestnut ball in the center of flattened dough and gently and carefully wrap it with dough using fingers and hand. Close completely so that azuki an is totally covered with dough. Keep the round shape while wrapping process.

Set up the baking pan with a parchment paper, and place the manju balls. Brush excess flour from the manju and spray with water. Brush manju with egg yolk and mirin mixture and sprinkle poppy seeds on top. Bake manju at 360F for 15 minutes.

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