Manju

A traditional Japanese treat, this sweet crispy dessert has become a local Hawaii favorite!

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Ingredients

2 3⁄4CupAll Purpose Flour
2Tablespoonsugar, granulated
1⁄2TeaspoonSalt
12Ounceunsalted butter (3 sticks); cold
4eachegg yolks
5Tablespoonwhole milk

Egg Wash

1eachegg
2Tablespoonwater
1PinchSalt

Filling Suggestions

 eachKoshian (Fine Azuki Beans
 eachTsubushian (Coarse Azuki Beans)
 eachCooked Okinawan Sweet Potato
 eachCoconut filling
 eachCustard
 eachApple Pie filling

Instructions

Dough Directions:

  1. Cut up unsalted butter; keep very cold.
  2. Combine all dry ingredients in a large bowl.
  3. Cut butter into dry ingredients; until it resembles coarse sand.
  4. Combine egg yolk and whole milk in a separate container.
  5. Add wet ingredients into butter-flour mixture.
  6. Mix until combined. Knead a few times bring together.
  7. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate at least an hour; over night is best.
  8. Divide into 16 portions.

Assembly:

  1. Flatten each portion of dough into a circle by hand; thinner on the edges.
  2. Place 1 T of filling into middle of the dough. Bring edges and crimp together. Round nicely.
  3. Arrange on a tray lined with parchment paper.
  4. Glaze each manju with egg wash.
  5. Bake at 350F for 18-25 minutes; or until golden brown.
  6. Cool completely before serving.

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