Japanese matcha manju
Complete your afternoon tea or end your evening meal with something a little different, like this matcha manju tea cake. Dense and moist, these cakes are the perfect accompaniment to a nice cup of tea. With a steamed matcha pastry shell and tasty red bean filling, they’re sure to become a family favorite.
- In a pan, add the sugar, mirin and 3 tbsp water and heat over a low flame. When the sugar has dissolved, remove from the heat and leave to one side to cool.
Add the flour, baking powder, and the matcha green tea, to the sugar mixture. Stir well and your dough is ready.
Using a floured surface and well floured hands, divide the dough into 6 pieces and roll into balls.
Prepare some greaseproof paper or very light oiled foil, with some holes poked through, and place in your steamer basket. Begin to bring your pan of water for the steamer to the boil.
Flatten each dough ball and place a bit of red bean paste in the middle. Wrap the dough around the bean paste and place into your steamer basket, seam side down. Steam over a high heat for around 10 minutes.
Remove from the steamer and leave to cool a little bit, before tucking in. Serve with a green tea or coffee for a nice tea time snack.
Tips and Information
- You don’t want to crowd the steamer, so if your manju is a bit big for the basket, we recommend having a second sheet ready to pop-in when the first batch is done.
- If you’re feeling fancy you can add a little red bean on top for decoration, but we recommend doing this after steaming in case it gets soggy while your manju cook.