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Anpan or Japanese Red Bean Buns in a basket with one cut open
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Anpan (Japanese Red Bean Bun)

Anpan is Japanese Red Bean Bun, made of soft sweet bread stuffed with a sweet red bean paste filling. These make a delicious snack or on-the-go breakfast that will pair perfectly with a Matcha Latte.
Prep Time45 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Resting Time3 hrs 15 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: Bread, Breakfast
Cuisine: Asian
Servings: 8 buns
Calories: 273kcal
Author: Trang



  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon active dry yeast
  • 3/4 tsp kosher salt
  • 2 cup all-purpose flour + 2 tablespoon reserved
  • Extra flour for rolling
  • 1 cup of red bean paste

Egg wash

  • 1 whole egg
  • 1 tablespoon whole milk
  • Sesame seeds


  • Add cream and milk to a small sauce pan and bring to a simmer, turn off heat and transfer to a stand mixer mixing bowl. Dissolve the sugar in the hot milk mixture using a whisk or spatula. Let it cool down to below 110°F.
  • Sprinkle active dry yeast over the liquid surface and let it bloom for 10 - 15 minutes, the mixture should puff up.
  • Add 2 cup of flour along with the salt to the liquid mixture. Knead with the dough hook on speed 2 until the dough comes together. If the dough is too wet, add the reserved flour, 1 tablespoon at at time, and continue kneading. The dough should still be wet but not too tacky.
  • Dump the dough out onto a lightly flour counter top and knead into a ball. Place the dough into an oiled bowl and let rise in a warm place for 2 - 3 hours until at least double in size.
  • Dump the risen dough out onto a lightly flour counter top, divide into 8 equal portions and shape into balls. Place dough balls on a lined baking sheet and let rest for 15 minutes.
  • Working with one dough ball at a time, press and stretch it out with your fingers into a circle about 3 - 4 inches in diameter. Add two tablespoons of red bean paste in the middle, and pinch the edges to seal the red bean paste inside. Place on a lined baking sheet seam side down.
  • Repeat with the rest of the dough balls and let rise in a warm place for 1 - 2 hours until double in size and puffy.
  • Preheat the oven to 400°F.
  • Beat one egg with a tablespoon of whole milk to make egg wash. Lightly brush egg wash all over the top and sides of the dough. Now dip the flat side of a small pestle into the egg wash, then immediately dip it into a bowl of sesame seeds, and lightly press the sesame seeds on top the dough.
  • Bake for 15 minutes until the top is golden brown. Rotate the pan during the last 2 - 3 minutes if necessary to brown evenly.


Serving: 96g | Calories: 273kcal