Sweets

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    Muscovado Dates & Walnuts Steamed Cupcakes

    These ‘Muscovado Dates & Walnuts Cupcakes’ can be baked in the oven or even microwaved. But the result is best when steamed. When soft batter is steamed instead of baked, the cupcakes become very soft and tender. That’s why I often love to steam. It’s quicker, too. However, when I took this photo, I did …

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    Steamed Carrot Buns

    Many years ago, when I was teaching at a primary school in Japan, mother of a student in my class gave me a recipe of ‘Steamed Carrot Buns’. The recipe was lost but I am still making these carrot buns. Because the batter is very soft, you need cupcake cases. The buns will expand double …

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    Mont Blanc Cake

    I once suffered from depression. When we were living in Japan for a short period of time, my condition deteriorated and I was just staying home being sad. My daughter was only 6 years old then, and she knew I was not well. It was on a cold winter evening. It was already dark when …

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    Super Easy Baked Cheesecake

    I love Japanese-style ‘Baked Cheesecake’ and I have a good recipe, which mother of one of my son’s classmates gave me many years ago. I altered the recipe a little bit as always, and I liked it very much. But, you know I always seek easier and quicker ways to make anything. I wanted to …

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    Twisted Fried Cookies

    When I was a young child, my mother was a full-time mother looking after three children. My family was poor and couldn’t afford to buy sweets. But my sisters and I always enjoyed sweets that our mother cooked for us. This is one of them. 1 cup flour, some sugar and 1 egg, and oil …

  • Egg Sweets

    Basic Custard

    Every cook should be able to make ‘Custard’, that is so simple, yummy and versatile. ‘Custard’ is the mixtures of Milk and Eggs thickened by heat. When it is used for desserts, Sugar is added. For thickening it, Flour or Starch is often added, but you do not need such thing as custard powder. This …

  • Fruit Sweets

    Creamy Stewed Apples

    It’s winter in Melbourne. On the cold nights, warm desserts make everyone happy. This warm and creamy stewed apple dessert was my children’s favourite winter dessert. I sometimes use tinned pear or peach, that are already soft and don’t need to be stewed. Rum is totally optional for children but I add it, generous amount, …

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    Pancakes

    Here it is, my children. There are hundreds of Pancake recipes out there but this is your mother’s recipe. You do not need to spend extra dollars to purchase pancake flour mix. Use the Self-Rising Flour in the pantry. If you only have Plain Flour, add 1 teaspoon of baking powder and mix well. When …

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    Cream Cheese Mousse & Chocolate Mousse Cake

    The ‘Cream Cheese Mousse’ and the ‘Super Easy Chocolate Mousse’ can be an individual cake on your favourite base, but I made them into this double layered cake for a special occasion. Everyone enjoyed its melting texture of two different flavours. Cake Tin 18 or 20cm Round Springform Cake Tin Ingredients 1. Base Choco Ripple …

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    Super Easy ‘Tiramisu’

    This is the ‘Tiramisu’ recipe that I have been using for decades. It’s super easy and delicious. I have tried quite a few ‘Tiramisu’ at different restaurants including quite pricy ones, but I like my ‘Tiramisu’ the best honestly. My family and friends love this dessert. If you like ‘Tiramisu’, why don’t you try to make …

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    My Legendary Banana Cake

    There are so many different Banana Cake recipes. I had tried four or five different recipes until I tried a Japanese one. I normally don’t like Japanese cake recipes because they always require weighing ingredients. I like measuring by cups. Anyway I tried the recipe with very well ripe bananas which were nearly black. The …

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    Muscovado & Walnut Mochi

    Mochi, Japanese rice cake made of short-grain glutinous rice pounded into rubbery chewy paste, is often used for making sweets. With limited ingredients and utensils, this mochi sweet can be actually easily made using rice flour. It takes only ten minutes. Makes 4 to 6 Servings Ingredients Rice Flour 1/2 cup Glutinous Rice Flour 1/2 …

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    Muscovado Coated Nuts

    There is a traditional Japanese sweet snack called ‘Karinttō’ which I love always. It’s a deep-fried sweet biscuit sticks coated with unrefined dark brown sugar same as muscovado. I have never made ‘Karinttō’ but this easy-to-make ‘Muscovado Coated Nuts’ are even tastier than ‘Karintō’ and healthier. However, I always make a small amount at a …

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    Cinnamon Crumble Cupcakes

    I simply placed the leftover cinnamon crumble mixture on top of some cupcakes and baked them. It worked perfectly. Then next time, I added some apple pieces and sultanas to the cupcake mixture. Here it is! My new recipe of Cinnamon Crumble Cupcakes is here to share with you. Makes 12 Large Cupcakes Ingredients Butter …

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    Almond Bread

    This is a popular basic Almond Bread recipe. My friend Shelly makes better Almond Bread. She adds extra ingredients such as Cardamom, Glazed Cherries and other mystery ingredients. Her secret recipe will never be revealed. Oh well… I am happy with this recipe. Makes 20 Pieces *Depends on how thinly you slice the cake Ingredients …

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    Orange Cranberry Muffins

    When I bought a bag of orange-flavoured dried cranberries by mistake, this recipe was made. These muffins have excellent orange fragrance. The key ingredient is the Macadamia. The crunchy texture of Macadamia can’t be replaced by anything else, but you can use other nuts that you like. Makes 12 Muffins Ingredients SR Flour 2 cups …

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    Basic Sponge Cake

    This is my hard-to-fail Sponge Cake recipe that I have been using for decades. Sometimes I don’t separate egg yolks and whites and whisk 3 eggs with sugar all together. It works most of the time, but I recommend to separate them and whisk egg whites first. Actually it would be easier and the cake …

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