sweets

  • Baked & Fried Sweets

    Custard Puff Pastry Twists

    There is a baked pastry called ‘Escargot’, which I LOVE. The one a local bakery is selling has Custard and Sultanas in it. This is the Escargot inspired ‘Puff Pastry Twists’. It takes only a few minutes to make the Custard in the microwave. Using store-bought Frozen Butter Puff Pastry, these great looking and delicious …

  • 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 …

  • Cold Sweets Matcha

    Matcha Warabi Mochi

    ‘Warabi Mochi’ is made with ‘Warabi’ (Bracken) starch flour and it is similar to ‘Kuzu Mochi’ which is made with ‘Kuzu’ starch flour. Those rare starch flours are not available for many of us, even in Japan. People make these sweets using some substitutes such as Potato Starch, that is widely available. Today I added …

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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 …

  • Cold Sweets

    Apple & Cream Cheese Dessert with Cinnamon Crumble

    Since my daughter moved out and started living independently, our family’s consumption of Fruit dropped. I found some Apples turning wrinkly and spongy again. I stewed them, but no one was eating the stewed Apple. Today I made them into this dessert using Cream Cheese that was also getting old and I needed to use. …

  • Baked & Fried Sweets

    Cinnamon Crumble

    This Cinnamon Crumble is not only for Apple Crumble. It can be used for the topping for a variety of Cakes, Pies and Slices. You can actually bake this Crumble only and add it to Ice Cream, Creamy Dessert, Stewed Fruit, Custard, etc. Ingredients 50g Butter *softened3-4 tablespoons Caster Sugar*Note: You can replace 1 tablespoon …

  • Cold Sweets

    Fluffy Cream Cheese Frosting

    My ‘Cream Cheese Frosting’ is delicious and perfect for decorating cakes. This is another great Frosting made with Cream Cheese. This ‘Fluffy Cream Cheese Frosting’ is perfect for filling of the cakes and cold desserts. Ingredients 125g Cream Cheese *softened3-4 tablespoons Caster Sugar1 tablespoon Lemon Juice1/2 cup Thickened Cream *whipped Method Place softened Cream Cheese, …

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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 …

  • Baked & Fried Sweets

    Sugar Coated Fried Biscuits

    Deep-frying is a traditional method to cook biscuits in Japan. The fried biscuits are often coated with Sugar and called ‘Karintō’ (かりんとう). ‘Muscovado Coated Fried Biscuits’ are very popular. Today I made White Sugar Coated Biscuits. I added finely ground Tea Leaves to the dough. You can add ground Black Sesame Seeds instead. Ground Coffee …

  • Cold Sweets Fruit

    Cold Stewed Apple Dessert

    Some Apples were turning wrinkly and I stewed them. I stored the stewed Apple in the fridge. On a hot day, I ate the chilled stewed Apple with leftover whipped Cream and Vanilla Ice Cream. As I always have a jar of Rum-steeped Sultanas, I poured some over the Ice Cream. And it was bloody …

  • Cold Sweets

    Mochi Ice Cream

    The other day I was asked if one of my sweet Mochi recipes can be used to make Mochi Ice Cream. Soft Sweet Mochi that is called ‘Gyūhi’ (求肥) in Japanese stays soft when cold, but I didn’t know if it stays soft when frozen. It became another project for me to work on. I …

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