Short Pastry with Red Bean (红豆酥 Hong2 Dou4 Su1) is a very popular Chinese pastry. You can also use purple potato paste or coconut shreds as fillings. The traditional way is just using sugar or some nuts.
This recipe calls for red bean paste as fillings. If you don’t feel like making it from scratch as described in the recipe, you can just look for Red Bean Paste or Fine Sweeted Red Bean Paste in your local store or Amazon.
The key to make this pastry crumbly short is the step 3 and 4 in “Final” instruction. Making sure you let the dough rest and repeat 1-2 times. The more you repeat, the more layers you will get in your pastry. The process for this recipe might be messy when you work on it, but the result might surprise you. So, don’t give up!
You can use black or white sesame for topping.
You can shape it your way at Step 6.
Let me know if you make it round, flower, or any creative shape!