The paste is used to hold together pastries, cakes, and other dishes that come from Japan, most commonly desserts.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
10 mins
cook:
2 hrs
total:
2 hrs 10 mins
Servings:
8
Yield:
8 servings
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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Place beans in a saucepan and cover with 2 cups water; bring to a boil and cook for 5 minutes. Drain and discard water.

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  • Place drained beans in a clean saucepan and cover with 2 to 3 cups water. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low, cover the saucepan, and simmer, adding more water as needed, until beans are soft and can be crushed between your fingers, 1 1/2 to 2 hours. Drain beans and discard water.

  • Stir beans and sugar together in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Cook, stirring constantly, until sugar melts and beans form a loose, shiny paste, about 10 minutes. Immediately transfer the paste to a container to cool. Store, covered, in the refrigerator.

Nutrition Facts

222 calories; protein 5.4g; carbohydrates 51.3g; fat 0.2g; sodium 9.1mg. Full Nutrition
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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
12/11/2017
Recipe never mentions crushing up the beans, and doing as written would result in beans in a sugar base, not paste. I beat the beans and sugar together and then cooked it down in a saucepan. It never quite got to a "paste" consistency, perhaps because I strained it(the photo shows no bean skins, but recipe never mentions this part either). Took longer to cook beans to soft, much longer to cook mix to a sort of paste consistency. Once cool it should be a soft paste and the flavor is pretty on point. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
07/04/2018
If you are using dried beans, soak them overnight first and drain the water. Then start cooking as directed. This may be why some are reporting longer cook times. I only use 1cup of sugar, and for me the end result is sweet enough. I also like to add a small splash of vanilla and a tablespoon of butter to enhance the flavor and creaminess. Last, depending on the texture you want, mashing, blending, or food processing the cooked beans is necessary. Otherwise all you get is lumpy sweetened beans. Do this once the beans are fully cooked. If your blended mixture is too runny, just cook it down a bit longer. I like to set aside about a ¼ cup of the whole cooked beans and stir them in at the very end to add a little texture. Texture is up to your individual preference, however.. These are some tips that work well for me. Read More
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  • 3 star values: 2
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Rating: 3 stars
07/04/2018
If you are using dried beans, soak them overnight first and drain the water. Then start cooking as directed. This may be why some are reporting longer cook times. I only use 1cup of sugar, and for me the end result is sweet enough. I also like to add a small splash of vanilla and a tablespoon of butter to enhance the flavor and creaminess. Last, depending on the texture you want, mashing, blending, or food processing the cooked beans is necessary. Otherwise all you get is lumpy sweetened beans. Do this once the beans are fully cooked. If your blended mixture is too runny, just cook it down a bit longer. I like to set aside about a ¼ cup of the whole cooked beans and stir them in at the very end to add a little texture. Texture is up to your individual preference, however.. These are some tips that work well for me. Read More
(21)
Rating: 4 stars
12/11/2017
Recipe never mentions crushing up the beans, and doing as written would result in beans in a sugar base, not paste. I beat the beans and sugar together and then cooked it down in a saucepan. It never quite got to a "paste" consistency, perhaps because I strained it(the photo shows no bean skins, but recipe never mentions this part either). Took longer to cook beans to soft, much longer to cook mix to a sort of paste consistency. Once cool it should be a soft paste and the flavor is pretty on point. Read More
(15)
Rating: 4 stars
12/17/2016
To start, I used honey instead of sugar, but did everything else the same. I used this to make mochi and red bean pancakes. Definitely took more than two hours to get the beans to soften, and that was w/ med-high heat. I do not suggest lowering the sugar/honey content than what the recipe suggested because the high level of sweetness is a large part of what removes the after-flavor of bean. Ultimately I was satisfied with this recipe, though, as mentioned, took longer than anticipated and the beans were a bit difficult to crush (though they were fully soft). Next time, I think I will half the recipe. :) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/31/2019
I soaked the dried beans overnight first. Then after cooking I used an immersion blender as smashing the beans by hand was not as smooth and productive as I liked. The tastes is smooth and nice. Just like I remember when visiting Japan and eating Mochi there. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
04/02/2019
It didn't come out anything like the texture or color that I've seen in Anko. The times might be based on a different type of stove than I have. My wife says the texture is ... awkward but it taste great. Think I'll try adjusting the temperature and cook times to get better results. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/18/2016
Delicious and easy to follow recipe. This worked perfectly for daifuku sweet mochi. The consistency and sweetness reminded me of the store-bought type. Thank you for the recipe. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/31/2019
Cooking time was a little longer than what I expected. I did not do day before preparations to the beans like others suggested but total time to make was about 2 & 1/2 hours. Like many others said, the recipe did not say to mash the beans up. I used a blender like others suggested. I added only 1 cup of sugar and stirred it for about 5 minutes on medium heat, then transferred to blender. It was sweet enough with only the one cup of sugar (maybe slightly a bit too sweet for my taste) but in the end they tasted pretty good! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
09/19/2020
Easy. Beans were very liquid before I cooked them ith the sugar. I did not take them to a candyStage. Don't know what they'll do after cooling in a loaf pan with parchment paper lining. I'm hoping it will slice and roll after cooling. Tasty though. Oh added about 1 tsp salt after cooking. Soy sauce would work too. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
07/07/2016
I had made sure to use adzuki beans which wasn't part of the original recipe (seems too important to be left out). The final product still tastes like "bean" in a way that the store bought versions don't. Does anyone have any advice for fixing that? Read More
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