Dolling up, the simplest sweet for Hina doll festival

Hinamatsuri is arriving soon. Japan is full of cute girly treats and retro dolls.
Maybe my little stars belong to another festival, and I have not the best colors of cups, but that doesn’t matter. I’m giving you an easy recipe, then you decorate as you like.

You need boiled azuki beans (or other beans if you want), sugar/honey, powdered agar agar, a little brandy.
For boiling the beans, click here.

Take a cup of beans, put them in a bowl with their broth, add sugar to taste, a tbs of brandy. Heat 30 seconds in micro-wave. Let one hour.
Reheat 1 minute in micro-wave. When it’s very hot, stir in 1 tbs of agar. Reheat 30 seconds. Pour in little cups. Decorate.
Let cool.

Other wagashi tea sweet recipes (click here).

September’s round up

A little retrospective about last month.
In September, the readers’ favorites are :

Sprouted hemp seed bread, improved version
Simple 10 minute falafels
Milk your beans (make soy milk)
Eating like a queen : bouchée à la reine
Yaki ika, Ika yaki (Japanese calamari)
Kabocha and carrot kibbeh

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Sweets :

Farz fou ! Crazy pagan baking.

Guilt free chocolate cake
Kabocha polka-dot yokan

Hey, the kabocha is getting popular as Autumn is looming…

Some more :

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Desserts :

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Mizu yokan

A refreshing Summer Japanese sweet. Simple and delicious. The traditional yokan is thicker, sweeter. For the hot season, water (mizu) is added.

The mizu yokan can be seen in many shapes. In small cups, inside bamboo stalks. I just made a block.

I took the boiled azuki beans (more here), their cooking broth and made a sauce in the blender. I obtained 1/2 liter of thick liquid. I flavored at my taste with kurozato black sugar, cane sugar and lakanto sweetener. Beside, I boiled 400 ml of water with 1 pack (for 500 ml) of agar agar. Blend it in. Poured in mold. Waited.
When it was cooled and solid, refrigerated :

It’s very easy to cut. Melty texture.

Enjoy with matcha (ceremony tea) or chilled sencha green tea.