Sweets

  • Nuts Sweets

    Peanut Brittle

    There are many different Candied Roasted Nuts in the world. Japan has Muscovado Candied Roasted Soy Beans. I am a huge fan of ‘Almond Toffee’. They are dangerous foods, but I love them all. Peanut Brittle is super easy to make and you don’t need special ingredients. Well, some recipes require ingredients that most people …

  • Sweets

    Mochi Dumplings made with Glutinous Rice Flour

    ‘Dango’ Dumplings are often made with ‘Shiratamako’ (白玉粉), Japanese Glutinous Rice Flour, but it is not easy to find where I live. I make these very rubbery and chewy Mochi Dumplings for desserts and soups using the commonly available Glutinous Rice Flour, which is available from most supermarkets in Australia. Imported Mochi is expensive. These …

  • Sweets

    Earl Grey Tea Syrup

    I used Earl Grey Tea, but you can use your favourite Tea. The fragrance of Tea can be easily lost when it is boiled. That happened when I made Earl Grey Tea first, then added Sugar and simmered into syrup. I recommend to make syrup first, then add Tea (bags OR leaves) to infuse. Makes …

  • Nuts Sweets

    Almond Toffee

    There are very many different recipes for Toffee. Some recipes require a lot of ingredients. I use Sugar and Butter to make Toffee, but I always add Almonds. You can use other nuts such as Pecans, Walnuts OR Peanuts. I don’t want to make a huge amount, because this Toffee is high in calories and …

  • Drink Sweets

    Natural Green Mint Syrup

    I have some Mint plants in my herb garden and they are growing well even though it’s winter now. I don’t use Mint for cooking very often but I wanted to use those fragrant leaves for something. So, I made this Green Mint Syrup today. The green colour comes from Mint leaves. No artificial ingredients …

  • Sweets

    Sweet Black Sesame Paste

    Black Sesame Paste is available from many supermarkets in Japan, but there is no such a thing where I live now. When I want to use it for cooking, I make it. Using Suribachi & Surikogi (Japanese mortar & pestle), it is not hard to make. If you have a grinder, it could be super …

  • Azuki (Red Beans) Sweets

    ‘Kenbikiyaki’

    In Japan, there is a traditional food called ‘Oyaki’. ‘Oyaki’ is a sort of dumpling made with dough wrapped around a stuffing and cooked on a pan. ‘Kenbikiyaki’ is similar to ‘Oyaki’, but it is wrapped in Myōga Leaf and the filling is always Sweet Azuki Paste. It is a traditional food in Okayama region …

  • Fruit Sweets

    Cherry Varenyky

    According to the ‘Cherry Varenyky’ recipes I found, I should use fresh Cherries. Cherry season in Melbourne is December. It’s March now. I couldn’t wait that long and I decided to use Frozen Cherries. It’s challenging to make ‘Cherry Varenyky’ using Frozen Cherries OR Canned Cherries, but it can be done. The juice that comes …

  • Cold Sweets Sweets

    Whipped Cocoa Cream

    For cake decoration and dessert making, soft chocolate ganache is preferable, but this Whipped Cocoa Cream is Super Quick & Easy to make and tastes really good. Sweetness can be altered by the amount of Sugar to suit your taste. Ingredients 2 tablespoon Cocoa Powder2 to 3 tablespoons Caster Sugar1 cup Thickened CreamRum, Brandy, Vanilla, …

  • Matcha Sweets

    Matcha Syrup

    Just like Coffee Syrup, you can use this bitter Matcha Syrup for Cakes, mix in Drinks, drizzle over Ice Cream, Dango Dumplings, Panna Cotta, Cheesecake, and many other desserts. This recipe makes fairly strong Matcha Syrup. Alter the amount of Matcha Powder to suit your taste. Makes 4 Servings Ingredients 1/4 cup Water1/4 cup Catser …

  • Sweets

    Coffee Syrup

    You can use this Coffee Syrup for Cakes, mix in Drinks, pour over Ice Cream, or drizzle over Jelly Desserts such as Panna Cotta. You can make Espresso using your favourite Coffee Beans, but Instant Coffee Granules is good just good enough. Makes 4 Servings Ingredients 1/4 cup Espresso *OR 1/4 cup Hot Water & …

  • Baked & Fried Sweets Sweets

    Pumpkin Pancakes

    If you have some leftover cooked Pumpkin, it would be a good idea to mix it into Pancake batter. Today I had almost 1/2 cupful of Pumpkin, but it doesn’t matter how much to add. You can add more or less, just adjust the thickness of the batter with Milk. This recipe makes very thick …

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