Red Bean Pastry (紅豆餅)

Growing up, I learned several things from my mom, one of them (although less important) being how to make Red Bean Pastry–red bean paste wrapped inside a light, flaky pastry. It is a simple recipe, and always turns out delicious.

Red Bean Pastry

My Mom’s Red Bean Pastry is made with the following ingredients:
2 sticks butter
8 oz cream cheese
2 cups flour
1 can red bean paste
1 egg yolk
black sesame seeds (optional)

To be more adventurous, I started making my own red bean paste. As for the pastry dough, I use unsalted butter and add a pinch of salt. I also use low-fat cream cheese (just to feel less guilty about what I’m eating).

Make the dough: Mix butter, salt, cream cheese, and flour just enough to hold together and form a dough. Shape the dough into 1.5″ balls, then flatten out into discs (about 1/4″ thick).

Fill the dough with red bean: Place a spoonful of red bean paste at the center of each disc. Fold up the edges and pinch to seal. Form a round ball, then press down to slightly flatten it.

Bake the pastries: Preheat oven to 350°F. Beat egg yolk and spread a thin layer on top of pastry; sprinkle with sesame seeds. Bake for 25 minutes on a baking sheet.

Makes: 25

I served this to people who like sweet red beans as well as those who have never tried them before, and they all liked it!

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15 thoughts on “Red Bean Pastry (紅豆餅)

  1. Wow, this looks really, REALLY good! And professional!!

    I want some. Next time you make it, make sure I am there to try it. I will definitely try this one day.

    1. There’s such a huge variety of Asian food–while I’ve had many dishes, I still discover new ones every now and then. This is one of my favorite Asian treats to eat growing up, and I still love it to this day. Thank you for stopping by! 🙂

    1. Thanks Shanna! When I was younger, I would help my mom make Red Bean Pastries. It wasn’t until a few years ago when I finally asked her for the recipe to make these on my own. They are so delicious, I hope you will like them!

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