sweets

  • Baked & Fried Sweets Nuts

    Chestnut Crostata

    ‘Crostata’ is Italian baked tart. The reason why I call this tart ‘Crostata’ is because a photo of ‘Hazelnut Crostata’ taken on a street in Florence had inspired me to create it. My shortcrust pastry is super-easy as always. Using ready-made Sweetened Chestnut Puree (Cream or Paste), this crostata can be made so easily. If …

  • Baked & Fried Sweets Fruit

    Pear & Custard Tart

    When I find some pears in the fruit basket getting very soft, I always make them into ‘Pear Upside-down Cake‘. But I recently discovered this custard tart is another good dessert to use up the softened pears. This is almost identical to my ‘Banana & Custard Tart‘. Pears can be replaced by peaches, cherries, apples …

  • Cold Sweets

    Rum & Raisin Granita

    Rum & Raisin ice-cream, Rum & Raisin chocolate, Rum & Raisin cake, Rum & Raisin pudding, I love ‘Rum & Raisin’. And this is the world’s easiest ‘Rum & Raisin’ dessert. If you have Raisins steeped in Rum in your pantry, you only need Sugar and Water to make this dessert. By the way, this …

  • Baked & Fried Sweets Cold Sweets Fruit

    Pavlova

    ‘Pavlova’ is a meringue dessert with crispy crust and soft inside, topped with whipped cream and fresh fruit. I heard that the dessert was created in honour of the Russian ballet dancer Anna Pavlova’s tour to Australia and New Zealand. It is one of the iconic foods in Australia. The recipe is simple and it …

  • Baked & Fried Sweets Fruit

    Wonton Skin Apple Rolls

    What do you make with left-over Wonton Skins? I often simply add them to soup. But I wanted to make something with them. Wonton Skins look like small version of Filo Pastry. So I just wrap some apple with sugar & cinnamon with them and fried. The result was simply ‘YUMMY!’ I would buy Wonton …

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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 …

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    Profiteroles

    ‘Profiteroles’ aka ‘Chou à la Crème’ or ‘Cream Puff’ (which is a different food in Australia) is called in Japanese ‘Shuu Kuriimu’ sounds exactly same as ‘shoe cream’! It’s not hard to make but many people don’t even try. You only need Flour, Butter and Eggs. My favourite filing is custard, but whipped cream, chocolate …

  • 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 …

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    Super Easy Pecan Pie

    Have you tried my ‘Banana & Custard Tart’ yet? I have been repeatedly making the easy and yummy ‘Banana & Custard Tart’, and one day I wondered if I could make ‘Pecan Pie’ in the same way using ready-to-bake fran/pie base. That’s how I created this ‘Super Easy Pecan Pie’ recipe. I use Golden Syrup …

  • Baked & Fried Sweets Matcha

    Matcha & Chunky Chocolate Scones

    Based on Auntie Lorna’s Scone recipe, my Japanese original ‘Matcha & Chunky Chocolate Scones’ are naturally delicious! If you like Matcha flavour, add extra Matcha powder. I used dark chocolate this time, but white chocolate is also very nice for this Matcha scone. Because baking time is only 10 minutes or so, these scones can …

  • 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, …

  • Baked & Fried Sweets

    ‘Langues de Chat’ Biscuits

    Do you want to use up the leftover Egg White? This is a great recipe because the recipe requires only Egg White not Egg Yolk. In Japan, this type of biscuits are called ‘Langues de Chat’, that means ‘Tongue of the Cat’ in French. The traditional French ‘Langues de Chat’ biscuits are indeed in the …

  • 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. …

  • Cold Sweets

    Black Sesame Panna Cotta

    ‘Black Sesame Milk Jelly’ is a popular dessert in Japan. I make it using my Panna Cotta recipe and adding Black Sesame Seeds Paste to it. If you don’t want to use cream, use just milk. It looks yucky? It does, doesn’t it? Tastes yummy, though! See the gelatine-free ‘Chia Seeds’ version as below. In …

  • Baked & Fried Sweets Fruit

    Rhubarb & Strawberry Cobbler

    Many many years ago, it was before our eldest son was born, my husband and I were planning a dinner party but we had no idea for dessert. One night we watched a TV show called ‘Better Homes and Gardens’ and a lady showed us how to cook ‘Rhubarb & Strawberry Cobbler’, which I decided …

  • Cold Sweets Sweets

    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 …

  • Nuts Sweets

    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 …

  • Nuts Sweets

    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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