Sweets

  • 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 …

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    Instant Mug Cake

    The other day, I was unwell and I craved sweet cake, but there was no cake at home. You have been in such a situation before, haven’t you? If you have a microwave, you can make this Instant Mug Cake in less than 5 minutes. This is the basic Plain Mug Cake recipe. You can …

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    Instant Banana Mug Pudding

    When you have a Banana that is turning brown and you are not willing to bake a cake using it, what do you do with it? Here is one suggestion. If you have a microwave, you can make this ‘Instant Banana Mug Pudding’. It takes about 5 minutes to make it. Makes 1 Serving Ingredients …

  • 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 …

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    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 …

  • Azuki (Red Beans) Sweets

    Walnut Mochi

    This treat of sweet Mochi mixed with Roasted Walnut is popular in Japan. It is often coated with ‘Kinako’ (Finely Ground Roasted Soy Beans). I love it very much, but I love ‘Tsubu-an’ (Sweet Azuki Paste) version, too. So, I made both today. This is not a traditional recipe, but it is certainly a quick …

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    Caramel Sauce

    This is a very versatile simple sauce that can be used for many dessert. I particularly like to pour this sauce over milky or creamy Jelly Dessert such as Pumpkin Panna Cotta and Custard Jelly. The darker the sauce’s colour is, the more bitter it tastes. Makes 4 Servings Ingredients 4 tablespoons Caster Sugar2 tablespoons …

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    Pumpkin Dango Dumplings

    Today I had some leftover cooked Pumpkin. I wanted to use it up to make something Japanese. So, I mixed it with Shiratamako (Japanese Glutinous Rice Flour) and a little bit of Water, and made it into Dango Dumplings. They look pretty, don’t they? Makes 2 Servings (20 Pieces) Ingredients 50g Cooked Pumpkin *pureed100g Shiratamako …

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    Couscous Custard Pudding

    My ‘Semolina Custard Pudding’ is super easy to make, and I much prefer Semolina Pudding to Rice Pudding. Today I made the same pudding using Couscous as I didn’t have Semolina. Couscous and Semolina are basically same thing and Couscous is often made from Semolina. The texture is coarser, but it was quite comforting. Makes …

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