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.
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!