These Brioche Sweet Rolls filled with Red Bean Paste are a delicious and original way to include more legumes into your diet. Perfect for breakfast and your kids’ lunchbox, these Red Bean Sweet Rolls are also a great healthier sweet treat to snack on all day long!
Recipe courtesy of Sylvie Gruber, blogger at A Baking Journey.
Who does not love Sweet Rolls? I certainly do! Light and fluffy, they are probably one of my favourite breakfast options ever. And I usually struggle to eat one only! We all know and love Cinnamon Rolls, but often don’t think of trying another filling.
These Red Bean Sweet Rolls are an original take on the classic Cinnamon Rolls… and just as equally delicious! The yeast-sweet bread base is the same as your everyday Cinnamon Rolls, but the filling is made from a Red Bean Paste.
I love the unexpected use of a savoury ingredient in a sweet recipe, and Pulses are great ingredients to use in dessert! If you do not know what “Pulse” is, it is a catch-phrase used for legumes like lentils, beans, and peas. Not only are pulses a great source of protein, but they are also environmentally friendly.
I had never tasted– or even heard of – sweet red beans before I moved to Australia. I tried sweet red bean paste for the first time inside a steamed roll in a Chinese Restaurant in Melbourne. And I was so pleasantly surprised! Lightly sweetened and with a slightly crunchy texture, they make the perfect addition to many desserts.
If you have never tried sweet red bean paste, you may not know what to expect, but trust me, red beans are absolutely delicious in savoury AND sweet dishes!
Celebrating World Pulses Day with these Red Bean Sweet Rolls
February 10th is the US Dry Beans Council World Pulses Day, and the perfect day to make these Red Bean Sweet Rolls and share the nutritional benefits of pulses.
If you are like me, you care about optimizing food security and nutrition, as well as sustainable food production, so I can only encourage you to try to include more pulses into your diet.
And that includes baked goods!
Baking with Beans
Beans are not only delicious, they are also good for you. Eating beans can help manage sugar levels, increase energy and even help prevent certain cancers. And they should not only be used to make savoury dishes!
Pulses are often forgotten when it comes to baking and desserts. And to be honest, it is probably not the first ingredient I think of when I try to develop new sweet recipes. But making these Red Bean Sweet Rolls completely changed the way I perceive this food category – and how great they are in desserts.
Using more pulses is awesome for many reasons. They are good for the people and the planet, and they are a great superfood that play a critical role in sustainable food production.
Red Beans in particular are great to bake with, because it is so easy to make Sweet Red Bean Paste out of them. Often used to make desserts in Eastern Asian Cuisines, Sweet Red Bean Paste is made with 2 ingredients only and can be used in many different ways.
From Sticky Rice Cakes to Mochi, Ice Cream, Sweet Drinks, Pancakes, Sweet Soups and Breads, Red Bean Paste is super versatile – and super easy to make.