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).

Berry Valentine

A cake from the heart… for chocolate day in Japan.

Mmm… the best of chocolate and some early strawberries.

It’s an okara cake, nearly a classic of this blog :

1 cup of wet okara (tofu fibers, DIY here)
1 egg
40 g of melted dark chocolate
1 ts of sugar
1 tbs of coconut cream
1 ts of potato starch (optional if the batter is very liquid)

Mix well and bake (I trust my oven).

Then I sprinkled a little bitter almond extract on the cooling cake, and later cut strawberries.

I used silicon molds to make the little fans.