Kashi-pan - Snacks and Breakfast Treats
Kashi-pan ("sweet breads") are plain buns or are sometimes stuffed with jam, or a soft filling of chocolate cream. Light yet satisfying, they are ideal for breakfast and snacks.
【Kashi-pan - Snacks and Breakfast Treats】
Walk into a bakery in Japan and you may see everything from English mound loaves and French baguettes and croissants t...o kashi-pan confectionaries. Many of the kashi-pan ("sweet breads") are buns stuffed with jam, or a soft filling of chocolate cream. Light yet satisfying, they are ideal for breakfast and snacks.
The history of kashi-pan goes back to an-pan—buns stuffed with a bean jam—which are still a favorite among many.
Bread first came to Japan in the middle of the 16th century, but bread baking only started in earnest around 1869. At first, some Western-style hotels and restaurants made bread for their foreign clientele.
It was around this time that Kimura Yasube'e, the owner of Kimuraya bakery in Tokyo's Ginza district, tried his hand at making a new kind of bun. In 1874, he came up with an-pan. Drawing inspiration from the traditional and popular steamed manju, he decided to stuff sweet adzuki bean paste into wheat-flour dough shaped like a bun. And, to make the dough rise, he used rice malt instead of hop seeds. These two ideas created a soft, sweet, easy-to-eat bun suited to the Japanese palate.
The Japanese are good at introducing culinary traditions from other countries and adapting them to their own tastes. A prime example of this is an-pan. The fact that rice remained the staple food for many people may explain why wheat-based products, including kashi-pan, became a favorite snack, rather than an important part of a meal.
From the article of Web Japan