And the best sweet bean paste baked treats are?
I love anything with sweet beans or sweet bean paste. Especially if it's baked.
What are your faves, and where are they from? I am especially interested in places in the SFV, but LA and SGV places are fine, too.
I agree with frank828 - korean bakeries have lots of pastries with sweet red bean paste. My favorite place is the bakery in the Koreatown Galleria -
3250 W Olympic Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90006
they have two kinds of sweet red bean buns - one with a more paste-like filling, which is flatter in appearance, and one that has actual beans incorporated into the paste, which is more ball-shaped. sometimes they have red bean paste donuts, with granulated sugar sprinkled on top - they're heavy, dense and really satisfying.
I love mochi that has lots of red bean filling and only a thin skin on the outside, but they're hard to find.
you can find cans of sweet red bean paste in most Asian markets. I baked a green tea layer cake for my dad's birthday using the red bean paste as the filling. it's also good with vanilla ice cream, and to be honest, I eat it by the spoonful sometimes.. :)
The 99 Ranch Market on Sepulveda at Victory has red bean paste buns in the bakery section. I'm pretty sure they are baked fresh daily. I buy them occasionally and I like 'em.