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Like I said I was a busy bee yesterday. I also made red bean paste and filled buns with them. So here is a tutorial on how to make An(Sweet red bean paste)

First you need Adzuki beans. You can supposedly use red kidney if you don’t have these. But I found them easily enough at the bulk barn.

You need 2 cups of beans and put them in a bowl and fill it with water and let soak for 24 hours.

Then drain rinse and put in pot and fill with water to cover and let boil. We used a pan for this first part as I mentioned in my previous post the only remaining pots I have are all large stock pots XD.

Let it boil for a minute then drain and rinse

Fill the pot again(Or pan in our case) and let boil again

Drain and Rinse one last time Then place in pot again(This time we switched over to our 12 quart stock pot since It will be simmering now) This method is supposed to help give it a better flavor and remove impurities.

Now let the beans simmer for about an hour and a half. Stirring occasionally and making sure to add water so it doesn’t dry out.

They will be ready once they break easily and aren’t crunchy anymore(Taste test)

Now drain the beans and place into pan or pot with a tbsp of oil

Add a tsp of salt and gradually add 1 cup of sugar into the bean mixture a little at a time, each time letting the sugar incorporate.

Now keep stirring occasionally and make sure the beans don’t burn. cook until It becomes a thick paste consistency but still moist(This takes about 10 minutes).

Now this is optional but I like doing it to get a better texture. Mash it with a potato masher

Its ready, Now put it in a bowl and let it cool. Id suggest a bowl with a cover if your not going to use it immediately

Once cooled, flatten the paste, cover and refrigerate till use

You can use this on almost anything. Its pretty universal in Japan. I will be posting another recipe where I will be making bread buns filled with this paste.



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Hey everyone. So yesterday was a “lazy” day for me. Most people wouldn’t call is lazy since I was baking all day and playing with ferrets! It was my day off and were getting down on supplies so I thought I would make a tutorial on how to make my favorite comfort food. Toutons(A.k.a Newfie bread pancakes).

I learned how to make these from my husband. As most people know he is from St-John newfoundland, Born and raised. I moved to St-Johns with him for a year and we moved back down to New Brunswick. Our method isn’t quite traditional. We use whole wheat bread.

First you will need a bread dough recipe. Any will do, We use our basic whole wheat bread recipe.

1 1/2 cups warm water
1 1/2 tbsp olive oil
1 1/2 tbsp Milk(I use almond but this time we were out so it does fine without milk at all)
3 cups of whole wheat flour
1 1/2 tsp agave nectar(Or honey, sugar, brown sugar etc)
1 1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsp yeast

First fill your measuring cup with a cup and a half of warm water, then put in your olive oil.

Pour the water and oil mixture into your bread machine pan

Put three cups of flour into the pan(We had to use the last of the four XD

With your thumb make a small indent in the flour and pour your yeast into it

Then pour your salt and agave nectar. If you have a timer and want to wait to turn it on. I suggest putting the agave nectar into your water mixture but since were turning it on right away it doesn’t matter.

Now set your bread machine to dough setting and turn on. You can tell our bread machine is well loved. Also a word of advice that I know is obvious but should be said. MAKE SURE that your bread machine is not able to rock off the counter while on. If need be, Put a towel under it. We almost broke out bread machine the first time we used it.

and away it goes.

Now you want to make sure that your bread ends up in a nice ball of dough. If its too dry, add a tsp of water at a time, if its too wet, add a bit of flower. This should only be done after the first beep or close to it. Sometimes your machine can take a while to get that dough.

Now It’s a waiting game :), But not as long as when your making an actual loaf!

And done! Now we can start making our toutons!

Now this part here is VERY important for Newfoundlander’s. You CANNOT forget to put the kettle on for your tea! XD. This is a kettle I bought him after our last small pots bottom got burnt while he was making tea and he started trying to use our 12 quart Paderno pot we got as a wedding present to make tea! Note to self: Need to go get a few more smaller pots when I have the time. XD I think its the appliance we get the most use of. He loves his tea almost as much as he loves his coffee.

Now to make the toutons you need a bowl of flour and a plate with a sprinkling of flour. You can use your cutting board also but we find its cleaner to use a plate instead since you don’t need a huge surface.

Use a knife to cut the dough to size.

Then throw them into the flour bowl and get it coated so its not sticky. Then flatten and round it with your fingers. Until you have a small thin bread pancake

Now put about 1-2 tbsp of olive oil in the pan and make sure its nice and hot before you put your toutons in

Cook until they start to rise but don’t let them burn

Flip and let cook on other side

Then plate and serve with your favorite topping. I like maple syrup but you can use jam, almond or peanut butter, Molasses(Hubby loves this one)

Hope you enjoyed our first Recipe tutorial!
Camille and Al(Hubby tends to make the toutons)

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