sweets

  • Baked & Fried Sweets

    French Crullers

    ‘French Cruller’ is basically deep-fried Choux pastry (Profiterole pastry). It is very popular in Japan, but I don’t see them in Melbourne. If you have made Profiteroles before, it would be quite simple to make. One important thing to remember is to use a star-shaped nozzle when you pipe out the dough. The pastry is …

  • Baked & Fried Sweets

    Rustic Chocolate Doughnuts

    These doughnuts are far from soft and fluffy doughnuts. They are heavy doughnuts that have crispy outside. The recipe is based on ‘My Mother’s Round Doughnuts’ recipe. I love this type of rustic doughnuts, probably because I grew up on them. Today I coated them with melted Dark Chocolate. Coffee flavoured icing is nice, too. …

  • Azuki (Red Beans) Sweets

    Azuki Stuffed Tapioca Mochi

    This Japanese sweet is traditionally made with ‘Kuzuko’ (Kuzu Starch), which creates its unique soft & rubbery texture. However, real ‘Kuzuko’ is extremely difficult to find and it is expensive. Many ‘Kuzuko’ products are actually a blend of other starch. I have tried to recreate the texture of ‘Kuzuko’ using substitutes, and I concluded that …

  • Baked & Fried Sweets

    Muscovado Coated Fried Biscuits

    These ‘Muscovado Coated Fried Biscuits’ are called ‘Karintō’ (かりんとう) in Japan. When I was a young child, it was my absolute favourite treat. I like the ones coated with Muscovado, but they can be coated with Brown Sugar. These biscuits are chunky where I grew up, but there are thinner types in other regions. Today …

  • Baked & Fried Sweets

    Basic Crumbles

    Crumbles for Cakes, Pies and Slices can be made with Butter, Sugar and Flour. My basic ratio is about same weight of each. You can use less Flour, add Oats and Nuts, and add flavours such as Ground Cinnamon or Matcha Powder. The amount of dry ingredients can be easily increased as long as the …

  • Sweets

    Dango Dumplings made with ‘Shiratamako’ Flour

    ’Shiratamako’ (白玉粉) is Japanese Glutinous Rice Flour. It’s been difficult to find for me, so I started using a mix of Thai Rice Flour and Thai Glutinous Rice Flour to make Dango Dumplings, because those Flours are widely available where I live. And I have shared the recipe on this website. However, ‘Shiratamako’ is now …

  • Baked & Fried Sweets

    Lemon Curd Slice

    The other day my daughter tried a ‘Lemon Slice’ recipe that she found on YouTube. She baked the base, poured the lemon topping mixture over the base, and baked it again. The lemon topping didn’t set, and it was far too sweet. Then I decided to create my own ‘Lemon Slice’. The base of this …

  • Cold Sweets

    Frozen Cream Cheese Dessert

    This dessert is super easy to make and everyone would love it. It is best when softly frozen, but you can enjoy it unfrozen just like a mousse. Freeze it in a large container OR individual serving glasses. You may wish to increase the amount of Sugar as 2 tablespoons seems too small, but you …

  • 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 …

  • Baked & Fried Sweets

    Cornflakes Florentines

    This is what is known as Florentines in Australia. It’s very different from what is known as Florentines in Japan. It seems ‘Cornflakes’ is the key ingredient here in Australia. The method is simple. Combine Condensed Milk and Cornflakes, and add Dry Fruit and Nuts. Then bake in the oven at rather low temperature. Finally, …

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    My Mother’s Round Doughnuts

    My mother used just Plain Flour to make ‘My Mother’s Stick Doughnuts’ as those stick doughnuts should have firm cookie-like texture. She occasionally added some Baking Powder and made these round ones. She used only basic ingredients that were commonly available, and these doughnuts still taste great. Makes 10 Doughnuts Ingredients 1 cup Self-Raising Flour …

  • Baked & Fried Sweets Fruit

    Super Easy Peach Cobbler

    This is a super easy way to make Peach Cobbler. Using a canned Peaches, it can be made any time, really quickly. When Peaches are in season, you may wish to use fresh Peaches. If you have never made Peach Cobbler before, you would be surprised how easy it is to make it, according to …

  • 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 …

  • 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 …

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