In Japanese, they’re called fubuki which literally means snowstorm. I just love the name! It suits these sweets perfectly. Now that I think about it, they do look a bit like a snowball or a big rock covered in snow.
The outside is a very thin layer of steamed bread made with yam powder, wheat flour and sugar. On the inside is a generous amount of thick, sweet red bean paste. So simple, but incredibly delicious. A lot of Japanese steamed confectioneries have red bean paste in them, but very few have this much! For that reason alone, I’m completely sold on fubuki! It’s like eating a giant ball of bean paste, which happens to be one of my favorite Japanese sweets.