sweets

  • Baked & Fried Sweets

    Custard Dorayaki

    ‘Dorayaki’ is a pancake sandwich with Sweet Azuki Paste as a filling, and it is extremely popular in Japan. There are many variations these days. I often add Whipped Cream, OR Peanut Butter. You can use Chestnut Paste OR Sweet Potato Paste instead of Azuki Paste. Today I used Custard. I don’t have to say …

  • Baked & Fried Sweets Fruit

    Cherry Crumble Pie

    When I wanted to make a Cherry Pie and looked for recipes, I couldn’t find any recipes that were suitable for my 22.5cm Pyrex pie dish which I normally use. I like this pie dish because it is right size for my family and easy to clean. This recipe is for this particular pie dish. …

  • Azuki (Red Beans) Steamed & Microwaved Sweets

    Instant Azuki Mug Cake

    I sometimes crave ‘Wagashi’, Japanese sweets, but it is almost impossible to find where I live. When I miss ‘Wagashi’, I cook ‘Tsubu-an’ (Sweet Azuki Paste), which is a very popular ingredient for Japanese and also North Asian sweets. I want to share a super quick and easy cake you can make with Sweet Azuki …

  • 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

    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 …

  • Baked & Fried Sweets

    Crème Brûlée

    The name of this famous dessert means ‘Burnt Cream’ in French. The name is accurate because this dessert is consisting of rich cream-base custard topped with a layer of hardened caramelised Sugar. We actually bought a blowtorch to make this dessert. The investment was worth it as all my family members love this dessert and …

  • Baked & Fried Sweets

    Custard Puff Pastry Twists

    There is a baked pastry called ‘Escargot’ and I love it. The one that a local bakery is selling has Custard and Sultanas in it. These ‘Puff Pastry Twists’ are inspired by the bakery’s ‘Escargot’. It takes only a few minutes to make the Custard in the microwave. Using store-bought Frozen Butter Puff Pastry, these …

  • Baked & Fried Sweets Fruit

    Over Ripe Pear Crumble

    When I have some Over Ripe Pears, I usually bake ‘Pear Upside-down Cake’. ‘Rice Cooker Pear Upside-down Cake’ is easier. However, my husband recently stopped eating cakes and I shouldn’t bake cakes. So, I made this ‘Pear Crumble’ today. I used less amount of Butter and Sugar than this recipe, and it still tasted good. …

  • 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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