Recipe Anpan

Anpan is a traditional Japanese sweet bun filled with red bean paste (anko). It's popular in Japan as a delightful snack or sweet treat. Here's how you can make it at home.


  • For the Dough:

    • 300g all-purpose flour
    • 50g granulated sugar
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • 1 teaspoon instant yeast
    • 200ml milk, lukewarm
    • 30g unsalted butter, softened
  • For the Filling (Anko):

    • 300g sweet red bean paste (anko)
  • For Glazing:

    • 1 egg yolk
    • 1 tablespoon milk


  1. Prepare the Dough:

    • In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, salt, and instant yeast.
    • Add lukewarm milk and mix until it forms a rough dough.
    • Add softened butter and knead the dough until smooth and elastic, about 10-15 minutes. You can use a stand mixer with a dough hook for this step.
    • Cover the dough with a damp cloth and let it rise in a warm place for about 1 hour or until doubled in size.
  2. Shape and Fill the Buns:

    • After the dough has risen, punch it down to deflate and divide it into 12 equal portions.
    • Shape each portion into a ball and flatten it into a small disk.
    • Place about 1 tablespoon of sweet red bean paste (anko) in the center of each disk.
    • Wrap the dough around the filling, pinching the edges together to seal. Place each bun seam-side down on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  3. Final Proofing and Baking:

    • Cover the shaped buns with a damp cloth and let them rise for another 30 minutes.
    • Preheat your oven to 180°C (350°F).
    • Mix the egg yolk and milk for glazing and brush the tops of the buns with this mixture.
    • Bake the buns in the preheated oven for 15-18 minutes, or until they are golden brown.


  • Anko Variations: You can use different types of anko for variations, such as tsubuan (chunky red bean paste) or shiroan (white bean paste).
  • Storage: Anpan can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days, or frozen for longer storage.
  • Serve Warm: Anpan tastes best when served warm. Reheat briefly in the microwave if serving the next day.

Nutritional Information:

  • Calories per serving: Approximately 220 kcal per bun (depending on size and exact ingredients used).


Anpan is a delightful Japanese treat that combines soft, fluffy bread with sweet red bean paste filling. By following this recipe, you can recreate this beloved snack at home, perfect for enjoying with a cup of tea or coffee. Experiment with different types of anko to find your favorite variation!


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