We stopped focusing on chocolate for Valentine’s Day some time ago. Instead, we look for red and pink gifts—food, kitchen gadgets (red and/or pink spatulas!), dish towels, etc.

But fear not, today we have a magnificent cake for the gourmet: the Red Bean Mille Crêpes Cake from Lady M.

We’ve reviewed other flavors of Lady M Crêpes Cake, one of our favorite cakes.

The cake, which serves 10-24 people (or one person who likes to eat large slices, several days in a row), is made from azuki beans, the bean used in red bean ice cream, and other Japanese desserts.

Lady M’s classic handmade crêpes are layered with silky whipped red bean pastry cream and topped with a delicate dusting of powdered sugar.

The beans come from Hokkaido, Japan to create the perfect Lunar New Year or Valentine’s Day cake!

Head to Lady M to get yours!5

The azuki bean, also spelled adzuki bean and aduki bean, and called red bean or red mung bean in English (Vigna angularis), is an annual vine widely cultivated throughout East Asia for its small red* bean.

In East Asian cuisine, the azuki bean is commonly sweetened before eating, often boiled with sugar, producing red bean paste.

It also is common to add flavoring to the bean paste (chestnut is popular).

Red bean paste is used in many Chinese dishes, including ice cream and mooncakes, baozi, and red bean ice. It can be used as a filling or topping for various types of waffles, pastries, baked buns, and biscuits/cookies.

They are also used to make a hot, tea-like drink.

> The different types of beans.

> The history of beans.


The wild ancestor of today’s cultivated adzuki bean is believed to be Vigna angularis var. nipponensis, which grows wild across Japan, Korea, China, Nepal, and Bhutan.

The evolution of var. angularis from var. nipponensis occurred around 50,000 years ago.

Archaeologists have found evidence of domestication around 3000 B.C.E.

Domestication of azuki beans necessitated a trade-off between yield and seed size. Cultivated adzuki beans have fewer but longer pods, fewer but larger seeds, a shorter stature, and also a smaller overall seed yield than wild varieties [source].
There are also white, black, gray, and variously mottled varieties.

Lady M Red Bean Crepe Cake
[1] A slice of the wonderful Red Bean Mille Crêpes Cake from Lady M (photos #1 and #2 © Lady M).

Lady M Red Bean Crepe Cake
[2] Red Bean Mille Crêpes Cake.

Azuki or Adzuki Japanese Red Beans
[3] Azuki beans (photo © Kandarian Organic Farms).

Red Bean Paste
[4] Homemade red bean paste. You can purchase it ready-made at Asian grocers and online (photo © Midori | CC-BY-SA-3.0-License).




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