Similar to our traditional azuki bean filled manju, the variety that the island of Maui has become famous for has a much richer crust. A great snack treat!
2 c. butter, cold, 1-inch cubes 5 c. all purpose flour ¼ c. sugar 1/3 c. iced water 2 (18 oz.) cans tsubushian (sweet red beans) 1 TB vegetable oil ½ c. milk
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line baking sheets with parchment paper. In a mixing bowl; cut butter into flour using a pastry blender or two forks. Lightly mix in water with a fork; until well combined. Reserve. In a mixing bowl; combine tsubushian with oil. Reserve. On work surface; for dough into 1-inch balls; flatten into a circle. Fill with teaspoonful of tsubushian mixture. Fold dough edges around filling and pinch to seal. Place seam side down onto prepared pan. Lightly brush tops with milk. Bake 35-40 minutes until lightly browned.
Makes great party favors. Makes 4 dozen.