Monday, June 24, 2013

Layered Mochiko Manju

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I am a big fan of pre-made koshi an which is sweetened red bean paste used in Japanese pastries.  It comes perfectly sweetened and ready to use.  This layered dessert is simple to make and turns out so flakey with just the right amount of sweetness.  It has become one of my favorite desserts.  It tastes great with a cup of hot tea.

1 lb. butter (4 sticks)
1 cup sugar
3 cups flour
2 cups mochiko flour
1/2 tsp. salt
2 packages Shirakiku sweetened red bean paste - Koshi an (fine)

Grease a 9"x12" pan.  Using an electric mixer, cream the butter and sugar for 5-8 minutes until fluffy.  Add the flour, mochiko and salt, and mix until blended.  Dough will be crumbly.  Divide dough in half.  Press one half of the dough into the pan.  Spread the two packages of sweetened red bean paste on top of the crust.  Sprinkle the remaining dough on top.  Bake 350 degrees for 30 min.; turn the oven down to 325 degrees and bake for another 25-30 min.  Cool before cutting.

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