sweets

  • Cold Sweets

    Umeshu Jelly

    ‘Umeshu’ is a Japanese liqueur made by steeping unripe Ume fruits in strong alcohol, such as Shōchū, and Sugar. It has quite high alcohol content, and believe or not, I was allowed to drink it when I was a child. It was mixed with plenty of cold water, though.  This jelly is very alcoholic and …

  • Azuki (Red Beans) Sweets

    Zenzai (Sweet Azuki Soup)

    For those who love sweet Azuki (Red Bean) paste, which is a very popular ingredient for many sweets, I introduce a traditional Japanese sweet, ‘Zenzai’. In the region I grew up, ‘Zenzai’ is a sweet Azuki soup, often served with toasted Mochi (Rice Cake). Its smooth version made with ‘Koshi-an’ is called ‘Shiruko’, and I …

  • Egg Sweets

    Semolina Custard Pudding

    Do you want to eat something sweet, warm and comforting? Try this super easy pudding that can be made instantly. Much nicer than Rice Pudding, which I do not wish to eat. To be able to make this yummy pudding, I always stock a bag of Semolina in my pantry. Makes 2 Servings Ingredients 300ml …

  • Baked & Fried Sweets Matcha

    Matcha Cupcakes

    Once you know the ‘Basic Plain Cupcakes’ recipe, you can create a variety of cupcakes by adding extra ingredients. Today I added Matcha Powder to make these delicious Matcha flavoured cupcakes. The cream is ‘White Chocolate Cream’ with Matcha Powder added. Makes 12 Cupcakes Ingredients 125g Butter *softened1/2 cup Caster Sugar2 Eggs1 & 1/2 cups Self-Raising …

  • Azuki (Red Beans) Dough Sweets

    Sweet ‘Oyaki’

    ‘Oyaki’ is a sort of dumpling similar to ‘Gyoza’ made from wheat flour (or buckwheat flour) dough wrapped around a stuffing that is most commonly vegetables, then cooked on a pan. This time, I made Sweet ‘Oyaki’. The filling for Sweet ‘Oyaki’ can be mashed Pumpkin or Sweet Potato, dried fruit and nuts, or sweetened …

  • Bread Dough Steamed Sweets

    Steamed Sultana Buns

    When I was a child, my family’s breakfast was ‘Toast & Hot Drink’, not ‘Miso Soup & Rice’. When we were out of bread, my mother made steamed buns for us. Sometimes she made pancakes, but it seemed steamed buns were the easiest to make for her. She often made ‘Raisin Buns’. I make them …

  • Baked & Fried Sweets

    Chestnut Cream ‘Rugelach’

    I love ‘Rugelach’, a Jewish pastry. ‘Rugelach’ pastry is slightly sour because dough contains Cream Cheese (OR Sour Cream). The filling can be anything I like, so I used my favourite Sweetened Chestnut Cream this time, wondering if Chestnut flavour goes well with Cream Cheese flavoured pastry. Of course it does!!! Makes 16 Rolls Ingredients …

  • Cold Sweets

    Super Easy Black Sesame Ice Cream

    Black Sesame flavoured desserts are popular in Japan. They are grey coloured and might spoil your appetite, but Black Sesame desserts are nutritious and delicious. If you like the flavour of nuts, you would like Black Sesame flavour. This ‘Black Sesame Ice Cream’ is easy to make at home. Makes 1 to 2 Servings Ingredients …

  • Cold Sweets

    Super Easy Orange & Chocolate Ice Cream

    I don’t mind to take a shortcut when I make an ice cream dessert. I simply add extra ingredients to a good quality vanilla ice cream. This ‘Orange & Chocolate Ice Cream’ is of course super easy to make, but tastes absolutely amazing. For a weeknight’s quick & easy dessert or to entertain your friends, …

  • Matcha Sweets

    Matcha Dango With Sweet Milk Sauce

    Matcha flavour and White Chocolate flavour go very well together. You can add White Chocolate to the milk sauce, but I usually don’t stock it. What I always have in the fridge is Sweet Condensed Milk and it is also great with Matcha flavour. I like this dessert COLD, but it can be enjoyed WARM. …

  • Baked & Fried Sweets Dough

    Doughnuts

    My Doughnuts recipe is based on my sweet bread dough recipe. Firmer dough is easier to manage, so you can add extra Flour to make the dough firmer. I use a round scone cutter to cut out discs and a small vegetable cutter’s other end to cut out centres. Some people do not cut out …

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