An-pan [あんパン]

An-pan[あんパン] is a sweet bread(That is called "Kashi-pan[菓子(かし)パン]".) born in Japan. That is a bread filled with Anko[餡子(あんこ)] which is an Azuki[小豆(あずき)](red beans) jam.

An-pan
An-pan



An-pan was invented by Yasubei Kimura[木村安兵衛(きむらやすべい)] who ran a bakery, Kimuraya[木村屋(きむらや)] and his son, Eizaburō[英三郎(えいざぶろう)] in 1874. An-pan which was blended with bread from Europe and Wagashi[和菓子(わがし)](Japanese confectionery) was an epoch-making invention. And this is also the origin of Kashi-pan in Japan.

This An-pan was presented to Emperor Meiji[明治天皇(めいじてんのう)] and he liked this and this came to be delivered to him. After that, An-pan became widely recognized and that became one of representative Japanese breads. Even now, An-pan of Kimuraya is popular.



Typical An-pan is divided into two types; Tsubu-an-pan[粒(つぶ)あんパン] and Koshi-an-pan[こしあんぱん].

Tsubu-an-pan is an An-pan filled with Tsubu-an which is non-mash Anko and Koshian-an-pan is an An-pan filled with Koshi-an which is mashed Anko.

Commonly, both of two are sold in the bakery which makes An-pan because of the differences of customer's preference. Sometimes, black sesame is put on Tsubu-an-pan and poppy seeds are put on Koshi-an-pan because of discerning the filling. And sometimes a salted Sakura blossom is also put on An-pan.

Koshi-an-pan
Koshi-an-pan

Tsubu-an-pan
Tsubu-an-pan



Other than those, there are some kinds of An-pan such as Shiro-an-pan[白(しろ)あんパン] and Uguisu-an-pan[ウグイスあんパン].

Shiro-an-pan is an An-pan filled with sweetened white kidney bean paste and Uguisu-an-pan is an An-pan filled with Uguisu-an which is a sweetened green pea paste.




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