Red bean paste and yummy things
This is a fairly confusing post but I’d originally intended this post to be about the dorayaki I made following Nami’s recipe but before I got photos of the dorayaki they were gone. Nevermind, I thought, I’ll just make a post on making red bean paste but since Nami posted a blog on red bean soup I finally found another way of using up all the bean paste I made!
The red bean paste I made is a chunky kind, I’ve adapted the recipe from Apple pie, Patis, & pate and changed a few steps + amount of sugar used. The colour in the photo isn’t very vivd/red as I took this photo at night under non-ideal lighting >.<
Red bean paste
- 1 cup red beans
- 1/4 cup sugar
2. Put the beans in a pot and fill it with enough water to cover 2cm above the top of the beans. Bring it to the boil and reduce to a simmer.
3. Keep an eye on the pot and stir frequently. If the water level starts getting low add more water (only up to 2cm above the level of the beans!).
As mentioned before I used this paste to fill Dorayaki – I also suggest eating the paste with vanilla ice cream (or simply by itself if you like it as is) but Nami gave me a great idea with her Zenzai (Red Bean Soup) recipe – my mum used to make this soup for us (in a different way – it was much more involved and she would spend ages making the soup) and if you’ve got the paste why not try it? Its so simple and easy – utilising only a few ingredients! The only thing I can add is if you’d like to try, add in some dried orange peel when you’re boiling up the soup and let it sit for a few minutes before serving. It’ll give it an extra tangy after taste that should be nice – fair word of warning, little ones don’t tend to like that taste (or at the very least I remembered disliking that taste when I was younger).
I’ll come back to the Dorayaki when I make it again (perhaps I’ll guard it more closely next time!) and I’ll include extra tips and troubleshooting pointers.
In other news! I won a copy of “Crazy, Stupid, Love” and it arrived in the mail today! It’s possibly one of the only things I’ve ever won! It’s a really cute show and I did enjoy watching it so if you enjoy romcoms without the usual plot line I really do recommend it! (Steve Carell was great in the movie too!)
There has been so many things I’ve been wanting to do/make! I keep making bargains with myself like “I’ll make this after I finish studying XYZ” really doesn’t leave me with a lot of time to do anything! I really do want to get a sewing machine when the holidays come around again though.