sweets

  • Azuki (Red Beans)

    Tsubu-an From Canned Azuki

    Since the discovery of Canned Azuki Beans at a local supermarket, my ‘Tsubu-an’ making has become very easy. Sweet Azuki Paste is available from Asian Grocery stores but they are quite pricey. Canned Azuki Beans are cheap. From 1 can, you can make about 1 cupful of Sweet Azuki Paste easily and quickly. Makes About …

  • Baked & Fried Sweets Bread

    Cinnamon Rolls

    ‘Kamome Shokudō’ is a 2006 Japanese comedy film that is set in Helsinki, the capital city of Finland. It’s a story about a woman who sets up a small cafe serving Japanese-style food. Many delicious-looking foods appear on the film but the Finnish ‘Cinnamon Rolls’ holds the key to attracting the local customers. I started …

  • Azuki (Red Beans)

    Sweet Azuki & Barley Soup

    On the other day, I cooked Azuki and Barley together, trying to create Barley version of ‘Sekihan’ Azuki Rice. I didn’t like the result because it was unexpectedly SWEET even though I added only Salt. Then I remembered a Japanese dessert made with Azuki and Pearl Barley. It’s a variation of Zenzai (Sweet Azuki Soup). …

  • Cold Sweets Fruit

    Peach Fool & Peach Jelly

    I am from Okayama, Japan. Okayama is famous for its production of fruit, especially ‘White Peach’. Different types of White peaches are available in Melbourne where I live. Different, but they still smell and taste like Okayama’s ‘White Peach’ that I miss. *Note: White Peaches are the best for this dessert, but you can use …

  • Cold Sweets

    Umeshu Jelly

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

  • 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 …

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