from Betty Siegel
- Massachusetts, USA
This is one that comes from enjoying Dim Sum in Boston's Chinatown
with a Chinese friend of mine.
Rinse the beans in a colander, then place in a large pan, bring to
boil, boil 1 min.
- 1 lb. adzuki beans or black-eyed peas (tofu instructions in
- 1/4 tsp. Chinese 5-spice powder or 1/4 tsp. each ground cinnamon
& cloves or your favorite sweet spice.
- 1/2 C brown sugar or turbinado sugar or the equivalent in your
Turn off heat, let sit one hour.
Or don't cook and just let set overnight in water to the top of the
The beans will about triple in volume.
Drain off water.
Add sugar & fresh water to cover and spices.
Add more sugar and/or spice if you think its needed.
Cook until the beans are tender, adding more water if needed.
This will vary with the type of bean and their age.
Probably 45 minutes to 1-1/2 hours.
As the beans are cooling add salt, if you use it, to taste.
Also add more sugar or spice if you think it needs it.
We like this either hot or cold as a dessert.
No time to cook beans?
Use canned or make the sweetened liquid, slice soft silken tofu
and heat in the hot liquid or just cover with the chilled liquid.
Vary the spices and sweetner to get different tastes.
Try maple syrup for a portion of the liquid after cooking (use less
or no sugar during the cooking process) if you love maple, or just
pour it over the tofu.
The tofu is especially good as it resembles a custard (a remark
made by a friend of mine who is lactose intolerent and yearns for
She is also diabetic so she makes it with artificial sweetner added
at the end).
This keeps 4 or 5 days in the refrigerator.
Freeze for longer storage.
I rarely bake so my family and friends have to live without homemade
cakes and such (at least made by me).
This is the kind of dessert we usually have.
Also makes an excellent snack, hot in the winter and cold in the