蒸し饅頭むしまんじゅう
Mushi Manju / Steamed Bun Stuffed with Sweet Vegetable Paste

Mushi-ManjuThis is a basic Mushi Manju which can be arranged to many kinds of Manju, such as 利休饅頭りきゅうまんじゅう (Rikyu Manju / bun with black sugar), 南瓜饅頭かぼちゃまんじゅう (Kabocha Manju /with sweet pumpkin paste) and so on. (Cooking Time: about 1 hour)

Ingredients (for 10 eaches)
Sugar50 g
Hot water50 mL
Wheat Flour100 g + extra
Baking Powder1 ts.
あん
An / Sweet Vegetable Paste
250 g

Directions

  1. Mix sugar and hot water well with a spatula in a bowl. When the sugar dissolves in the water, leave the bowl until it cools down.
  2. Sieve wheat flour with baking powder twice. Sieved the flours into the bowl when the sugar water cools down. Mix them lightly but not squeeze. When the dry powders disappear, cover the bowl with a plastic film and then let sit it in refrigerator for 30 minutes.
  3. Divide An paste into 10 balls.
  4. Make a layer of extra wheat flour in a tray and pour the dough from the bowl into the tray. Add extra flour on your hand and knead the dough lightly until it becomes as soft as your earlobe.
  5. Divide the dough into 10 balls and expand each of them into flat disk sheets which has a little thinner edge than the center.
  6. WrappingMake a circle with thumb and forefinger of your hand and put one of the dough sheets onto the finger circle. Remove the extra wheat flour away from the surface of the sheet with a kitchen brush. Put one of the An paste ball on the sheet and wrap the ball by closing the edge of the sheet. This is Manju ball before steaming.
  7. Add extra water into a steamer and lay a kitchen cloth on the mesh shelf in the steamer. Lay a parchment paper on the kitchen cloth and heat the steamer at high until steam comes out.
  8. Mist water on the paper surface and put the Manju balls onto the paper with over 1 inch of distance each other. Mist water on the balls to moisten the surface well. Please beware against burning yourself by hot steam.
  9. Cover with the lid of the steamer and steam them for 12 or 15 minutes.Then, turn the heating off and leave until the Manju balls cool down a little.
  10. Pick the warm Manju balls up from the steamer, and serve.

Notes & Arrangements

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