Sweets

  • Sweets

    Hot Cross Bun & Butter Instant Pudding

    You have a leftover Hot Cross Bun? If it is old and dry, it’s perfect for this. You can make this comforting treat in less than 10 minutes using microwave. You can double or quadruple the amount for multiple servings, and bake it in the oven instead of microwaving, just like ‘Bread & Butter Pudding’. …

  • Potato Sweets

    Dorayaki with Sweet Potato Paste

    ‘Dorayaki’ is two small pancake-like sponge wrapped a filling. The most popular filling is ‘Tsubu-an’ (Sweet Azuki Paste), but you can use any filling as there is no rule. Today I made with Sweet Potato Paste. You can reduce the amount of Sugar when you make the paste, so that you can enjoy the natural …

  • Sweets

    Soft Chocolate

    If you are thinking to make handmade chocolate for a special occasion, nothing is easier than this Soft Chocolate. Super easy to make, but they are delicious and look great, don’t they? This is basically firm Chocolate Ganache. It can be made by mixing Dark Chocolate and hot Cream. I added a little Butter as …

  • Sweets

    Basic Syrup

    Some dessert recipes require Syrup as an ingredient. Basic Syrup is really easy to make. Heat a same amount of Sugar and Water until Sugar is completely dissolved. Of course you can make it in a microwave. Ingredients 1/2 cup Water1/2 cup Caster Sugar Method Place Water in a small saucepan and bring it to …

  • Nuts Sweets

    Simple Marzipan (Almond Paste)

    I often use Marzipan (Almond Paste) as filling for cake and tart. Store-bought Marzipan contains unwanted ingredients such as preservatives. Marzipan is extremely easy to make at home. I use Milk but Water can be used. If you use Fruit & Berry juice, or other natural ingredients such as Coffee and Matcha, you can create …

  • Potato Sweets

    Fried & Glazed Japanese Sweet Potato

    Japanese Sweet Potato is one of the vegetables that I miss. My favourite Japanese Sweet Potato dish is ‘Daigaku Imo’ (大学芋) that is deep-fried Sweet Potato coated with sweet and savoury glaze. I have tried to make it using Sweet Potatoes that are available in Australia and none of them was good. Then, today I …

  • Sweets

    Microwave Instant Sponge Cake

    When you need a small amount of Sponge Cake for dessert or you simply crave it, this Sponge Cake can be made in 5 minutes. I am writing this recipe for my own future reference. Makes 1 to 2 servings*Today I used Microwave-safe Container 13cm in diameter Ingredients 1 large Egg2 tablespoons Caster SugarVanilla Extract3 …

  • Fruit Sweets

    Apple Custard

    I don’t know how young I was, probably 6 or 7 years old. I still remember the day my mother cooked this dessert for my sisters and me. Apple pieces were still crunchy. I wished if they were softer. That’s my first memory that I ever tasted custard. Makes 4 Servings Ingredients 2 Apples1 tablespoon …

  • Spaghetti & Pasta Sweets

    Kinako Macaroni

    More than 50 years ago, in a small town in Japan, the pre-school that I went to was like child day-care, and a hot lunch or light snack was provided every day. The most memorable food I tasted at the pre-school was this ‘Kinako Macaroni’. I still fondly remember the day it was served for …

  • Azuki (Red Beans) Sweets

    Ohagi (Bota Mochi)

    This food is called ‘Ohagi’ in Japan. There is an almost identical food called ‘Bota Mochi’. During the equinoctial weeks in Spring and Autumn, this food is traditionally prepared. It is basically a ball of slightly pounded glutenous rice covered with Sweet Azuki Paste. Kinako (finely ground Roasted Soy Beans) mixed with Sugar is another …

  • Baked & Fried Sweets Sweets

    Coffee Butter Cream

    This ‘Coffee Butter Cream’ can be used for icing or filling for cakes and cookies. This cream becomes fairly firm when chilled. Ingredients 60g Unsalted Butter *softened1 cup (about 150g) Icing Sugar1 pinch Salt2 teaspoon Instant Coffee Granules *mixed with 2 teaspoon Hot Water2 teaspoons Rum *OR Bourbon, Brandy, etc.1/2 to 1 teaspoon Milk *only …

  • Azuki (Red Beans) Sweets

    Strawberry Daifuku Mochi

    ‘Daifuku Mochi’, or Daifuku, is a Japanese sweet consisting of a small round glutinous rice cake stuffed with sweet Azuki paste. There are many variations these days, and this ‘Strawberry Daifuku Mochi’ is probably the most popular one. I wouldn’t try to make it if I were in Japan. However, here in Melbourne where I …

  • Beans & Peas Sweets

    Kinako Candies

    ‘Kinako (きな粉)’ is finely ground Roasted Soy Beans. Most Asian grocery stores sell it. I bought it from a Daiso store. ‘Kinako’ is a very popular ingredient for Japanese sweets. These candies are traditionally made with ‘Kinako’ and starch syrup called ‘Mizuame’, which is similar to corn syrup. This is a very old Japanese sweet. …

  • Cheese Sweets

    Ancient Japan’s Cheese ‘So’

    On the other day, I received an email from a person who lives in North Carolina, US. She was asking me if I knew how to make ancient Japan’s cheese called ‘So’. I didn’t know it. I have never seen it in my life, but I have read about it many years ago. Nobody knows …

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