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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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    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 …

  • Azuki (Red Beans)

    ‘Kintsuba’ Azuki Cakes

    I sometimes crave for Japanese sweets, which I know I can’t purchase from any shops near my home. Therefore I have to to make them. If I were in Japan, I wouldn’t even try. There are so many delicious and artistically created beautiful Japanese sweets easily available anywhere. ‘Kintsuba’ Azuki Cakes are easy to make. …

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    Sachi’s Lemon Cake with Blueberries

    This is my daughter Sachi’s recipe. To be precise, this is the recipe that she learned from Auntie Joan for her school project many years ago. Originally the recipe required 1 cup of Caster Sugar and I reduced it to 3/4 cup. I often bake the cake with some berries, or serve the cake with …

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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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    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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    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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    Super Easy Chocolate Cake

    Many years ago, someone gave me this chocolate cake recipe, so this is not my invention. I have tried some other different recipes but I have never come across any recipes easier than this one. Nigella Lawson said every home cook should know at least one chocolate cake recipe. Well… this is the one I …

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    My Legendary Carrot Cake

    My quest for the best Carrot Cake recipe started when I tasted one slice of Carrot Cake on a Qantas flight from Sydney to Melbourne. I was coming home from Japan with my young children. It was a very long trip and I was extremely tired. The slice of cold and moist Carrot Cake tasted …

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    Super Easy Apple Cake

    ‘Apple Pie’ is very nice on a cold winter day but it’s not super easy to make, at least for me. This cake is absolutely Super Easy and tastes just like ‘Apple Pie’. When you feel like ‘Apple Pie’ but don’t want to bother, this is it! This cake is nice both hot and cold, …

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    Rum & Sultana Cake

    This cake is not for children because it is highly alcoholic. To make this cake, you need to soak sultanas in rum for a few days. I always have a jar of rum-steeped sultanas/raisins in my pantry. It’s good to have, because they do magic on simple ice-cream or chocolate or anything. Cake Tin Loaf …

  • Azuki (Red Beans) Sweets

    Taiyaki

    ‘Taiyaki’ is Fish-shaped pancake with yummy filling inside. The most common filling is ‘Tsubu-an’, the sweet red bean paste. Other recommended fillings are custard, chocolate, fruit jam, or Nutella. Savoury filling would be nice as well. Be creative and enjoy making your own ‘Taiyaki’. Taiyaki pans are available from many online retailers. I bought mine …

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