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Japanese sweets collection
October 13, 2016
A world apart from Europe's cookies and cakes, "wagashi" - Japan's original culture of sweets - developed in tandem with the tea ceremony ritual. Even these days, it is essential to serve wagashi along with green tea.
Japanese sweets, such as sticky-rice daifuku, youkan sweet bean jelly, and dorayaki, a red-bean jam pancake, are easy to make at home.
Because they don't use butter or contain fat, and are often made with seasonal fruits, wagashi are considered healthier than many other sweets.
Why not try making these charming sweets at home?
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Pudding with green tea powder has a beautiful green color and slightly bitter taste.
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Karinto is one of the most popular Japanese snacks. It comes in black sugar, sesame, kinako soy powder, and peanut flavors.
Shiratama Dumplings with Azuki Beans and Matcha Sauce
Green tea powder is made from green tea leaves. In tea ceremonies, we dissolve the powder in water, but you'd be surprised how bitter it tastes
Mizuyokan Red Bean Jelly
Both regular and soft bean jelly pastes are made with sweet red-bean. The soft kind contains more water and has a slippery texture. It's a great sweet for the summer.
Kuzu Manju Dumplings
Kuzu powder is made from the Kuzu plant, which belongs to the bean family. The powder thickens when heated, making a great additive for sweets, drinks and many other recipes.
Ohagi Coarse Mochi Coated with Sweet Azuki Bean Paste
"Higan" is a Buddhist service that happens every spring and fall. It is customary to dedicate ohagi (a rice ball coated with sweetened red beans) in Buddhist homes.
Apple Kanten Jelly
We often use "kanten" made from seaweed instead of gelatin as a solidifying agent.
You can use a cookie-cutter to make a beautiful shape.
Sweet Potato and Chestnut Yokan Jelly
There is an old saying that all girls like sweet potato, chestnut and pumpkin.
Azuki Bean Paste (with skins)
Sweet bean paste comes in two types: either tsubuan, which contains pieces of azuki bean skin, or finely pureed koshian.
Matcha Kanten Jelly with Condensed Milk
Authentic Macha green tea is unsweetened, and quite bitter. Green tea with less bitterness and astringency is called "koicya".
Watermelon Shiratama Dumplings
When you go to a Japanese beach in summer, it's common to come across people playing the traditional "watermelon smashing" game. It's like a Piñata - a blindfolded person with a long stick tries to find and break the watermelon.