|Ingredient||About 15 Buns||About 15 Buns|
|bread flour||3 cups||380g|
|butter||3 Tbsp.||3 Tbsp.|
|sugar||3 Tbsp.||3 Tbsp.|
|salt||1 tsp.||1 tsp.|
|active dry yeast||1 tsp. (heaping)||1 tsp. (heaping)|
These buns, filled with moist, sweet Azuki bean paste, make for a healthy snack or an alternative to donuts at breakfast. They’re mildly sweet and rather dense, so the perfect accompaniment is considered to be a glass of milk (though you could substitute coffee or tea of course).
If you’ve never had Azuki bean paste (anko) before, it’s tastier than it sounds — a little like sweeter, drier baked beans perhaps. It can be eaten straight, but baked into anpan (pan means “bread” in Japanese) it’s one of the most popular snacks for Japanese children, and loved by adults as well. There’s even a cartoon superhero called Anpan-man.