AN PAN - Japanese style baked buns with sweetened azuki bean filling


104 buns

80 buns

16 buns -  2) 9 x 13 pans:

1/3 cup

cup + 1 Tbs

Yeast, active - 1 Tbs, room temperature

1300 grams

1125 grams (7 cups)

Flour, whole wheat pastry - 225 grams (1 cups)

2600 grams

1875 grams (15 cups) - to total 3000 grams or 30 cups

Flour, unbleached bread - 375 grams (3 cups) - total of 600 grams or 4 cups)

6 cans + water to equal 13 cups

5 cans or 10 cups

Coconut milk - 1 can or 2 cups (add water if necessary to make 2 cups)

cup + 1 Tbs

cup + 1 Tbs

Salt - 1 Tbs

1 2/3 cup

1 cup

Sugar - cup

6 quarts?

5 quarts

Sweetened Adzuki bean paste - 4 cups


bulletMix yeast and flour.  Add warm coconut milk and stir to mix thoroughly.  Wrap bowl in a plastic grocery bag. Set aside for 30 minutes.
bulletCover the bottom of two 9 x 13 pans or one very large cookie sheet with parchment paper.
bulletAdd Salt and Sugar to dough and knead for 10 minutes until elastic.  Put back in bowl and let rise until double (about 1 hours)
bulletHeat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Remove dough from bowl.  Knead until all the air is out.  Using a knife or dough scraper, cut into four equal pieces and cut each of those pieces into four equal pieces until you have 16 pieces of dough.  Knead each piece briefly until it is round and set aside.
bulletDust a clean, flat surface with flour.  Take one piece of dough at a time and roll it out to about inch thick.  Place 3 tablespoons of bean paste in the center of dough. Fold the sides of the dough up over the beans and pinch closed.  Repeat 3 more times.
bulletPlace buns seam side up on parchment paper.
bulletLet rise 20 - 30 minutes and bake for 20 minutes.


Bean Paste  

For 104 buns For 16 buns

7 1/5 cups azuki beans, washed well

1 1/2 cups azuki beans, washed well

5 quarts water

4 cups water

2 1/2 cups vegetable shortening

1/2 cups vegetable shortening

5 cups sugar

1 cups sugar



Place the beans and water in a saucepan, cover, bring to boil over medium high heat.


Reduce heat to medium-low and cook for 1 1/2 hours, or til beans are very soft. 


Drain the water from the beans, and blend them into a puree in a blender or food processor.


Press the puree through a sieve, discarding the skins, which will be left in the sieve.


Place the thickened puree back into the saucepan, together with the sugar and vegetable shortening, and heat over low heat, stirring until it becomes a thick paste.


Stir and scrape vigorously so that it does not stick to the bottom.


The paste is ready when you can easily see the bottom of the skillet when you swipe the spoon through the paste.


Remove from heat and let cool before filling buns.


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