Christmas in Osaka, the day your boss gives you cake…

That’s probably the only Japanese Christmas food. Well, there are a few Christians, but for others it’s not a traditional event. Kitsch decorations flourish everywhere. Couples of lovers go to restaurant and spend a romantic night. Children get presents once more.
There are 2 things on the day of Xmas : you say “meri kurisumasu” and you eat the kurisumasu keeki (Xmas cake).

When I was an employee, I was working every Christmas day, even if I said I’d prefer not. Companies have very different styles. Some are never giving you anything, not even a pencil or a piece of paper , but that day, generous or kechi they offer the cake.

Are they really baked by Santa Klaus ?

Up to 10 years ago, 99% of those cakes were looking like this one and were officially “strawberry short cake”. Now there is larger choice (but not necessarily a better quality).
The biscuit was a totally cheap sponge and the cream a sort of soap (anti-allergic soap, no fragrance, LOL). There were few fruits. I have seen a big one with ONE strawberry.
I know many students that spend a part of their Summer holidays making such cakes in large series, to be frozen till the C-day, well the K-day… It’s their baito, little job.
I heard the good bakers made “better ones”. But once, I bought a very expensive and ridiculously small one to bring to a party (after-work). But that was the same flavorless piece of foam as the one at work, in total contrast with the usually delicious creations from that shop. They all come from the same factory. So I won’t buy that any more…

Now, I am my boss, so I have to provide my own cake to myself. Of course, I didn’t buy it. I am not a masochist.

Chiffon cake (for a mini cake, multiply by 3 for standard size)

A B C

A:
1 egg yolk
33 g flour
20 g water + vanilla essence
20 g neutral oil (here white sesame oil)

B:
1 egg white + a pinch of salt

C:
25 g sugar
5 g corn starch

Well beat A, then B into firm foam, then add C to B, and add to A.

Bake 25~30 minutes at 160 degrees Celsius. Check with a toothpick it’s dry inside.

Let it cool. Take out of the tin.

And YOU will get a very fluffy cake. Not me, because I’m not in a good shape… I broke the yolk there was a part of it in the egg white, but I decided to do the cake like that. That was not as usual, but still very good. I have done the recipe many times, it goes till the top of the tin usually.

Cover with whipped cream (flavored with kirsch and vanilla, sweetened with lakanto sweetener). Decorate with strawberries. I made a salad of the (sour) strawberries, creme de framboise (raspberry sweet liquor) and sweetener.

1/2 mini-cake, with strawberry salad :
Cal :250 F15g C26g P4.5g

11 thoughts on “Christmas in Osaka, the day your boss gives you cake…

  1. This looks really delicious and a welcome change from the multitude of sweets and baked goods I’ve been eating constantly for the last weeks (sigh). It was interesting to read your experience of working there when your holidays are not those recoginized by the culture you are living in. I have experienced that too.

  2. I can relate with your holiday experience. It is very similar here in South Korea. Christmas lights and music are around, but it’s not really celebrated.
    I guess that is what friends are for when we are all very far away from our families.
    Hope you had a special weekend

  3. Thanks for all the comments. I hope you enjoy the season, whether you celebrate, take some rest or not.
    Well, not celebrating Christmas doesn’t bother me at all, I even think distance is a good excuse. I like the main family gathering, but my family is not here. I can meet them on another day and say it’s our Xmas. That said, I had the habit of seeing 25th and 26th as days off. December 23rd is a Japanese National Holiday, but in my head that seems in advance…
    I was finding the Japanese behavior funny. They could just ignore the foreign festival. Now, it’s over, they have switched all the decorations for New Year style.

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