Manjū

Round off your Asian theme with these Japanese steamed delicacies.
300 ml wheat flour
3 tsp baking powder
3 tbsp sugar
100 ml water
120 g sweet azuki bean paste
Cut 8 (about 10 x 10 cm) squares of SAGA Cooking Paper.

Mix the flour, sugar and baking powder. Add the warm water gradually and knead to make a smooth dough.

Divide the dough into 8 portions. Roll each portion in the palms of your hands to make a ball and flatten slightly. Add a small knob of bean paste in the center of the dough and close to complete the ball again.

Place the balls onto the sheets of paper, lift the corners of the paper up to make a ‘basket’ and place into a bamboo or other steamer for about 15 minutes. Serve the manjūs with green tea.

TOP TIP: By placing dough-like food in cooking paper ‘baskets’ it won’t stick to other portions or the steamer.