Sunday, February 15, 2009

Red Bean Pastry Balls

I have been trying to eat healthier, and that means avoiding anything sugary. But yesterday I decided to throw it all out the window. After all, it was Valentine's Day and something sweet sounded so good.

So I made these Red Bean Pastry Balls with Yi-Hsin's help. The recipe is one of my mom's, she has been making them since...well, forever! Hers are always very pretty, professional-looking. Mine turned out the exact opposite (different sizes, red bean paste oozed out), but they were delicious nevertheless!

The hubs is a fan so I will be making them whenever we need some sweet indulgence from now on. :)

I love the flaky crust and the sweet red bean paste. These little pastry balls are just about perfect when eaten warm (microwave for 10 seconds), with a cup of tea.

Red Bean Pastry Balls:
-makes about 24
-Preheat oven to 375 degrees

- 1 8oz cream cheese (room temperature)
- 1 stick (4oz) butter (room temperature)
- 1 1/2 cup flour
- 1 18oz can Sweetened Red Bean Paste (available at Asian grocery stores or make it at home)

1. In a medium bowl, using your hands, mix cream cheese, butter, and flour until the mixture forms a dough. The texture should be slightly moist. Add more butter if it is too dry, or more flour, if the dough seems greasy.
2. Divide the dough evenly into 24 pieces and use a rolling pin to roll them flat.
3. Place a small amount (approx. 1 tsp) of filling into the middle of each dough. Fold the dough over the filling into a ball shape and pinch the edges to seal. Flatten a bit.
7. Bake for 30 minutes or until golden brown.

4 comments:

  1. How come you never make these back at our place? Well, I'd like to have more please. Like, all the time more. As in a kitchen staple. These little guys just rock, perfect little things to get my dessert fix.

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  2. ooohhh I love red bean treats! thanks for the recipe, will definitely give it a try. :)

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  3. I just made these, because I had a can of red bean paste in my cupboard that I really wanted to finally use. I wasn't too sure about the dough at first, but my goodness, it's awesome! Thank you so much for this recipe! Tell your mom thanks too I guess :)

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  4. the doughs really dry...

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