Kuri manju is my favorite manju snack, but there's no Japanese bakery where I live. So I have to improvise and I make something similar. I cheat and I don't use shiro koshian and there's a good reason for this. I can't make very nice shiro koshian and I can buy regular koshian at the grocers. The result is not exactly like kuri manju, but it's close. I always use an egg wash and sesame seeds on the top, because it makes the manju beautiful and since I'm pretending not to make traditional kuri manju, it's okay. Don't expect this to be like a chinese filled bun that you'd find at a dim sum restaurant. This dough is more of a soft shortcrust type. I think you could fill this with other softer (but not liquidy fillings), but I'm having a hard time imagining what those would be (sorry, it's late here). Prep time doesn't include the time the dough MUST sit in the fridge or freezer.
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- 1Mix flour, sugar, and baking soda in a bowl.
- 2Cut the butter into the flour mixture until it resembles sand.
- 3Whisk together the milk and egg.
- 4Add to flour mixture and mix until a dough forms, being careful not to overmix.
- 5Refrigerate this dough for at least 2 hours, freezing also makes the dough easier to handle.
- 6Taking walnut sized balls of dough, roll to 1/4 inch thick rounds and fill with shiro koshian or koshian, making sure to seal the dough well.
- 7If desired, brush the tops with an egg wash and sprinkle on sesame seeds (untoasted).
- 8Bake at 400 degrees for 10 minutes, increase temperature to 425 degrees and bake for an additional 5 to 6 minutes.
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Nutritional Facts for Dough for Kuri Man
Serving Size: 1 (494 g)
Servings Per Recipe: 1
- Amount Per Serving
- % Daily Value
- Calories 84.0
- Calories from Fat 19
- Total Fat 2.1 g
- Saturated Fat 1.2 g
- Cholesterol 15.5 mg
- Sodium 48.9 mg
- Total Carbohydrate 14.8 g
- Dietary Fiber 0.2 g
- Sugars 7.5 g
- Protein 1.4 g