Karinto (A deep-fried snack made with brown sugar)

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Broadcast date:January 24, 2015

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Ingredients (Serves 4 )

(For the dough)
100 g flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
15 g brown sugar (if unavailable, use white sugar)
10 ml vegetable oil

(For the sugary coating)
70 g brown sugar
Pinch of salt

Vegetable oil for the deep-frying

Preparation

  1. First make the dough. Use a spoon to mix 100 g of flour with 1 teaspoon of baking powder in a bowl. Use a sieve to sift the mixture into another bowl. Chop up 15 g of brown sugar and place it in another bowl. Dissolve the sugar by stirring in 45 ml of hot water. Stir in 10 ml of vegetable oil and then add the sifted flour and baking powder. Use a spatula to mix into a dough. Then use your hands to knead the dough for about 2 minutes, until you have an even mass. Add a little more flour if the dough is too sticky. Wrap the dough in plastic and let it rest for about 10 minutes.
  2. Sprinkle a chopping board with some flour, and use your hands to press and shape the dough into a rectangle about 1 cm thick. Use a rolling pin to roll out the dough to a thickness of 5 mm. Cut the dough into strips 5 cm in width. Then cut the strips into smaller strips 5 cm by 5 mm in size.
  3. Put enough vegetable oil into a pan so that it comes 3 cm up the sides. Heat the oil to 175°C and add the strips of dough one at a time. Deep-fry them for about 3 to 4 minutes. Fry the strips of dough in batches if you don’t have all that much oil. Turn up the heat just before you remove the sticks of fried dough. Remove them with a wire ladle or spider into a tray.
  4. Place 70 g of crumbled brown sugar, 4 tablespoons of water, and a pinch of salt in a pan and simmer over lower heat for about 30 seconds until dissolved. Then turn up the heat to medium and simmer for about 1-2 minutes until the mixture turns syrupy, shaking the pan as you go.
  5. Switch off the heat and add the sticks of fried dough, ensuring they get well coated with the syrup. Then return the pan to the stove and simmer over medium heat until the liquid has boiled off. Remove the coated sticks of dough to a tray lightly coated with vegetable oil. Separate the sticks. They are ready to eat when cool and once the coating has dried.

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Some of the different versions of karinto

Karinto is a deep-fried sweet snack in Japan.  They are so popular that there are even stores that specialize in selling karinto.  The standard version consists of deep-fried sticks of dough flavoured with brown sugar.  But there are other versions available nowadays, coming in other flavours, such as honey, sesame, roasted soybean flour, peanuts, and chocolate.  Other ingredients are sometimes added to the dough, such as dried burdock, providing a flavour of this vegetable.   Sweet potato can also be added to the dough, and there are versions adding curry powder or tea leaves. People have used their imagination to come up with a whole range of flavours.  Our listeners might like to come up with their own version of karinto, using ingredients that are at hand.

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