Red Bean Paste

An is made from azuki beans and sugar, and is used in traditional Japanese confectionery. The two main types of an are tsubu an (made from a lightly mashed paste so the beans retain their shape) and koshi an (smooth, thoroughly blended an). Azuki is highly nutritious, containing linolenic acid, which helps to lower cholesterol, anti-ageing vitamin E, protein and calcium. It is full of fibre and in spite of its sweetness, an actually contains much less fat than confectionary made with cream.