We moseyed our way down the Erie Canal. We had 3-weeks to kill going through 9-locks. Sailing is always game of hurrying up and waiting, but this was even more frustrating than normal. We weren’t waiting for the right weather; we were waiting for work to get done. To take a little more time and show Marion, our guest star crew, something a different side to boating, we anchored out on Oneida Lake for the night.
Clear skies, not a breath of wind, it was perfect weather for it. In the crisp cool late-September air I decided to bake a little sweet treat to keep our spirits up.
My friend Helen’s son calls red bean paste “Chinese Chocolate,” and I think that’s the most accurate description I’ve heard. I have loved the sweet paste since the first time I tried it. Whenever I go to Chinatown I never fail to pick up one or two bean paste buns for the road.
It wasn’t until crewing on a Japanese boat that I discovered how easy anpan, the bean paste buns, were to make. Well, especially if you have a can of red bean paste. Net step, making it from scratch…
Anchor out Anpan
- ½ recipe heave ho challah dough
- ½ can red bean paste
- 1 egg
- 1 T water
- Preheat oven to 350◦ F
- Beat egg and water together to make egg wash
- Form golf ball-sized balls of dough
- Flatten into circle in palm – circle should be about 1/8 in thick
- Spoon 2 T re bean paste into center of circle
- Pull opposite ends of dough up, pinching together in the middle like a drawstring purse
- Place on greased baking sheet pinched side down
- Brush tops with egg wash
- Bake 20 min or until tops are golden brown