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Monday, June 18th, 2012

Dragon Boat Festival Recipe: Red Bean Pastry

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For years, Dragon Boat Festival was rarely celebrated outside of China. It’s a wonder, because the beauty and excitement of sailing dragon-decorated boats down the river are unrivaled in other holidays. Pretty much every recipe I found for Dragon Boat Festival (June 23, 2012) was for zongzi, steamed rice dumplings. However, as these recipes were outside my culinary realm, I kept digging. I found a few references to red bean paste pastries eaten for dessert. Not to be intimidated by this one, with a paddle blade on my mixer and some premade red bean paste, I was done with both cooking and clean up in less than ten minutes! And the end result was delicious. I would repeat it even if it took double the work.

Ingredients
4 ounces cream cheese
8 ounces butter
2 cups all purpose flour
3 tablespoons sugar
1 can sweetened red bean paste (found at Asian and international grocery stores, as well as the Asian aisle of some mainstream groceries), about 2 cups
1 egg yolk
sesame seeds (optional)

Instructions
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
2. Using the paddle blade to a stand mixer, mix cream cheese and butter until blended. Add flour and sugar and mix until dough just comes together. (Mixing can be done by hand. If so, soften butter and cream cheese before mixing.) Roll dough into a rectangular shape on a lightly floured surface to 1/4-inch thick and trim to a perfect rectangle. Spread the red bean paste on the dough, leaving a 1-inch border all around.
3. Roll the dough, jelly-roll style, and then pinch the ends. Place seam side down on a large baking sheet, either lightly greased or covered with parchment paper.
4. Brush the top of the pastry with beaten egg yolk and, if using, sprinkle with sesame seeds.
5. Bake for 40 minutes or until the pastry is golden brown.

© 2012 – 2013, Lauren Capitani. All rights reserved.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR


Lauren Capitani was an early foodie. While her friends were busy watching Family Ties , she was tuned into Graham Kerr and Yan Can Cook, and served her friends and family dishes such as beef wellington and baked alaska while still a teen. After college, Lauren received Masters' degrees in both journalism and business and worked in both subsequent fields. At 29, she decided to rewrite her life and became an assistant teacher. For the first time, her vocation became her avocation. She now has certification in both both elementary and early childhood education and has taught at seven schools on both coasts (and in between). Lauren has lived summers in France, England, Spain, Japan, and Thailand, and has visited more than a dozen other countries. When her own children start limiting their food choices, Lauren turned it into a teaching moment and created One World Whisk, a global cooking initiative for children. The project garnered more than 200 followers before its one-month charter was complete.

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2 Comments
  1. CommentsNelly   |  Thursday, 05 September 2013 at 12:55 pm

    Question on flour usage –

    Can I substitute with a healthier flour – e.g. whole wheat flour, millet flour, whole grain teff flour, amaranth flour, etc?

  2. CommentsLauren Capitani   |  Thursday, 05 September 2013 at 6:51 pm

    Hello,

    I think you will lose some of the texture of the pastry. It is flakey, sort of like a dense pie crust. Perhaps 1/2 whole wheat and 1/2 white would be a happy compromise.

    Thanks









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