Rachel eats

Sweet Red Bean Bread

The countdown to welcoming Chinese New Year has begun. Every year we cycle through the 12 different Zodiac signs, this year being the Year of the Dog. Beginning February 16th, those born during the year of the dog, this new year could either be a year of great blessing or a year of unfortunate events. Though some think it is superstitious, we should all work hard to achieve a fruitful year! And sometimes it’s fun to read about things pertaining to your birth year. Here are some personality traits of someone born the year of the dog:

  • loyalty –
    they have a strong sense of loyalty and will never abandon their family or friends
  • honesty –
    useful to be a good listener and gives their friends advice when needed
  • strong headed –
    once they put their mind to someone, it is very hard to persuade them
  • indifference  –
    it may be hard to get close to them since they are indifference to those they don’t like and don’t trust easily — but once friends it’s for life
  • independent –
    they do well on their own and need their own space to thrive

Chinese Astrology

I was born during the element of Wood and the sign of Yang. People born during the year of the dog and the element of Wood are especially trustworthy and polite. They believe in in the “Golden Rule”, treating others how you want to be treated and stand very strongly with their morals and beliefs. And they do well in jobs that require patience and have a strong will to fight for what they want in life.

Making something home-made is a great way to welcome in the New Year! As you know my family and I love our bread, so keep reading to see how we made sweet red bean and chocolate Nutella bread. ♥

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Sweet Red Bean Bread adapted from Aeri’s Kitchen

  • 3 1/2 cups Flour
  • 2 1/2 cups red bean paste
  • 2/3 cup water (warm)
  • 2/3 cup milk (warm)
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter (melted)
  • 2 teaspoon Fast Active Dry Yeast (about 1 full package)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • white sesame seeds (for topping)

Directions:

  • mix together flour, sugar, yeast, and salt in a large bowl
  • pour the warm water and milk into the dry ingredients and mix with your hands or spoon
  • slowly add the melted butter and start to knead the dough into a large ball for 30 mins or until the dough becomes smooth and elastic (I kneaded in 15-minute intervals)
  • cover the bowl of dough loosely with plastic wrap and a towel and let the dough rest for about 40 minutes
  • once the dough has doubled, poke the dough to release the extra air
  • divide dough into 16 pieces (for large buns) or 20-25 pieces (for tiny buns)
  • flatten the dough pieces until it’s about 3-4 inches in diameter and place 1 to 1 1/2 teaspoons of red bean paste inside
  • fold the outside dough over the red bean paste and pinch the edges tightly to get a good seal
  • place the bun seal down and flatten it until its 2-3 inches in diameter, then use a fruit knife and cute 6 or 8 slits around the edges
  • place white sesame seeds in the center of the bun and leave bread to rise for another 15-20 minutes under a towel
  • preheat oven to 350 degrees Farahient while the buns rise for the second time
  • brush the tops of the bread with an egg wash before baking
  • bake bread for 15-20 minutes or until tops are golden brown

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red bean bun

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I took half of the dough and rolled it out into a large rectangle and then cut it into triangles to make Nutella bread for the little kids. I rolled the triangles the same way you would roll crescent rolls from Pillsbury.

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Once you make the bread dough, you can fill the bread with anything you like! Like ham and cheese, peanut butter, or spinach and turkey. This bread dough is a great base!

Making bread is a long process and takes patience to wait for the dough to fully rise, but once it’s baked, the house is filled with the wonderful aroma of bread!

Wishing you a successful year

 

Every day, Lai day! Happy Chinese New Year!! ♥♥

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