|Ingredient||About 9 oz.||About 250g|
|navy beans or butter beans||1 can (about 9 oz. drained)||1 can (about 250g drained)|
Shiroan, or sweetened white bean paste, is one of the fundamental components of Japanese confections. In contrast to red-bean anko, shiroan has a more mild, neutral flavor. Because of its relative lack of character, it is often used as a base, mixed with other flavorings—for example matcha or preserved cherry blossoms. This version is quick and easy to make with beans that are readily available just about everywhere.