You can swap out the black beans in this recipe from the One Green Planet cookbook for adzuki, canellini, or even a prepared red bean paste. Find pandan, a fragrant tropical plant, at your local Asian markets. If you can’t find it, try using matcha powder instead.
What you need:
For the dough:
2 cups bread flour
⅓ cup all-purpose flour
1½ teaspoons instant yeast
5 teaspoons sugar
5 teaspoons pandan powder (or 3 teaspoons matcha powder)
½ teaspoon salt
⅔ cup vegan milk
2 tablespoons vegan butter
For the filling:
1½ cups cooked black beans
⅓ cup sugar, plus more to taste
What you do:
- For the dough, in a large bowl, whisk bread flour, all-purpose flour, yeast, sugar, pandan powder, salt, and milk. Knead until smooth. Add butter and continue kneading until dough is very elastic, about 20 minutes.
- Shape dough into a ball and place in a bowl. Cover and let rise for 1 hour, or until doubled in volume.
- For the filling, in a bowl, mash beans into a smooth paste. Add sugar, tasting and adjusting to preferred sweetness. If mixture is too dry add a tablespoon or two of water. Divide filling mixture into 8 equal portions.
- Once dough has risen, punch it down and divide into 8 pieces. Shape into balls and let rest for 10 minutes.
- Roll each piece out into a flat circle, and place a portion of bean paste in center. Pull all sides of dough around filling, and pinch seams together. Repeat with remaining ingredients.
- Gently roll each dough ball on a flat surface, seams down, and place on a lined baking tray. Let rest for 30 minutes.
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Place a baking tray on top of buns and bake for 25 minutes, or until golden brown on top. Let cool.