As I've been saying, I've been playing with my thermomix a lot recently.
I've come across a recipe by a fellow Perth resident here which I've played around with and tested in my TM5 and this is going to be the first recipe I'm sharing!
Anko - Red Bean Paste Filling
200g Azuki Beans
1. Rinse the beans in water and remove any impurities or any irregular beans.
2. Place beans into the mixing bowl and add 300g of water. Boil the beans 100C counter-clockwise operationGentle stir setting 10 minutes. Drain the water.
(This step can be skipped. Some people believe that the beans should be soaked/cooked this way to remove any bitterness. I haven't found any bitterness by skipping this step. Azuki beans can be cooked and eaten without soaking unlike other beans).
3. Add 300g water into the bowl and cook 20 minutes 100C counter-clockwise operationGentle stir setting.
After this has been completed. Add 300g of water again and cook 15 minutes 100C counter-clockwise operationGentle stir setting.
You don't want to be left with too much water at the end so I feel safer doing it this way. Feel free to just do it all in one step if you wish and adjust the times. The beans should be soft enough to squash with a spoon by this stage.
4. Place the thermomix simmering basket into a bowl and drain beans into it. Keep the beans in the basket for now and keep the liquid in the bowl. Allow the liquid to settle and separate while you complete the next step.
5. Add the sugar into the mixing bowl with 2 Tablespoons of the bean water. Cook 5 minutes 100C Speed 2. Or cook until sugar has all dissolved.
6. Pour the beans back into the mixing bowl.
With the liquid that has now settled, gently pout it into another cup through a very fine sieve. Add the sediments that are in the sieve into the mixing bowl as well. Keep the bean water for later.
7. Puree the mixture. This is to your preference. Some people enjoy a chunky bean paste. I like a really smooth bean paste. This can be anywhere from 10 seconds to 30 seconds (I go the full 30) on speed 8.
8. This final step can be skipped if you wish. I like to dry out my bean paste a little so it's easier to use in cakes/bread recipes.
Cook bean paste 5 minutes, 100C, Speed 2.
Instead of washing out the bowl at the end and wasting the delicious bean paste, make a red bean drink. Measure in 200g of liquid (made up from water and the red bean water that you saved from before). Then either blitz for 15 seconds on speed 8 for a cold red bean drink.
Or if you prefer it warm, cook for 8 minutes, 100C speed 3 and then turn it up to speed 8 for the last 15 seconds.
If the flavour isn't strong enough, you can just stir in some of the red bean paste you've just made.