All posts filed under: Sweets

Persimmon Walnut Tart

“This is a light yet rich and creamy goodness for a festive fall dessert.” Special equipment: You will need a 9-inch tart pan (preferably with a removable bottom) for this recipe.  INGREDIENTS serves 8 Filling 4 ripe persimmons 1 cup walnuts 1/4 cup milk maple syrup Shortcrust Pastry 200g all-purpose flour, sifted 100g butter 1 egg 5g sugar 2g salt DIRECTIONS In a mixer bowl, beat the butter until softened. Add the sugar and mix until light and fluffy. Add the egg and beat until evenly incorporated. Add flour and salt, stir until just combined and a soft dough forms. Refrigerate in plastic wrap for 30 minutes. On a lightly floured board, roll the pastry out to your required size (large enough to cover the base and sides of a greased 9-inch tart pan). Place the rolling pin at the far end of the pastry and flip it over the rolling pin. Put the pastry into the tin, topside down. Use you fingertips to press the pastry evenly into the bottom and up the sides of the pan; trim edges. Cover the tart shell with …

Vegan Chocolate Pecan Avocado Cake

I made this cake for my husband for Father’s Day. This combines his two favorite things on the planet – Avocado and Chocolate. Haha. Glad he loved it! 🙂 🙂 🙂 The vegan chocolate cake is rich, dense and moist. It honestly tastes just like normal chocolate cake – you’d never guess that it’s free from dairy products and eggs. Did you know that you can substitute avocado for the oil and butter in a recipe to add nutrition, cut back on fat and calories, and give baked goods a deliciously soft texture? Yea, I can see that err look on your face but I must say that it’s true because this avocado chocolate cake turned out so perfectly good! Ingredients Chocolate Cake –  1 medium avocado, mashed –  1/4 cup pecans, crushed –  3 cups all-purpose flour –  7 tbsp cocoa powder, unsweetened –  2 tsp baking powder –  2 tsp baking soda –  1/2 tsp salt –  2 cups granulated sugar –  2 cups water –  1/4 cup avocado oil –  2 tbsp white vinegar – …

Japanese Strawberry Shortcake

Strawberry Shortcake is a very popular cake in Japan. It is a layered sponge cake with whipped cream filling and fresh strawberries – it is light, fluffy and delicious!!! INGREDIENTS *Cake Batter* – Sugar 125g – Eggs 180g – Glucose (substitution: light corn syrup or golden syrup) 17g – Flour (sifted) 120g – Milk 50g – Butter (melted) 35g – Vanilla Extract 2 tsp *Frosting* – Sugar 60g – Heavy Cream 600g *Syrup* – Sugar 100g – Water 100g – Kirsch 20g *Topping & Glaze* – Fresh Strawberries (washed and stemmed) – Apricot Glaze (or use honey)      PREPARATION 1. Preheat the oven to 175 degrees Celsius. 2. Grease a round cake pan or place a sheet of parchment paper on the bottom and sides of the cake pan. Set aside. 3. Wash the strawberries and remove the stems. Drain well and dry with clean dish towels. 4. Make the syrup. Put sugar and water in a saucepan and dissolve slowly over a low heat. Allow to simmer till it thickens slightly. Add the Kirsch and mix it well. Transfer to a bowl and …

Matcha Soy Latte 抹茶ソイラテ

Anyone else a fan of matcha soy lattes? Here’s a recipe for the perfect 抹茶ソイラテ… Add powerful health benefits to your everyday diet by having a cup of this mild and tasty latte. Matcha is packed with antioxidants, boosts metabolism, detoxifies your body naturally, calms the mind and relaxes the body. While soy milk (made from soybeans) is low in saturated fat, it contains almost as much protein as cow’s milk, yet is lower in calories than whole milk, contains no cholesterol and has 10% of daily value of dietary fiber.  Use this easy recipe to make a simple, HEARTY and YUMMY matcha soy latte that can be enjoyed both hot or iced. Ingredients – Pure Matcha Powder (preferably Uji Matcha)  2 tsp – Soy Milk 1 cup – Hot Water  1 tbsp – Pure Honey 1 tsp – Matcha Crepe Sticks (optional) Directions 1. Sift matcha powder into the cup to avoid any lumps. 2. Add hot water and honey. Whisk vigorously until all of the powder is dissolved.  3. Add soy milk in a glass cup and heat in the microwave for 1 minute (or …

Matcha Parfait 抹茶パフェ

Learn how to make your own matcha parfait – Yokan 羊羹  and Matcha Warabi Mochi 抹茶わらび餅 from scratch! ♡ MATCHA PARFAIT ♡ Ingredients  Yokan (sweet red bean paste jelly) *  Matcha Warabi Mochi * Honey Cornflakes Matcha Ice cream Canned Mixed Fruit Cream Matcha Crepe Sticks (optional) * see recipes below Directions Put cream into a large bowl and beat on high speed until stiff peaks form. Spoon 2 tbsp cornflakes into a dessert glass. Top with an even layer of whipped cream. Add some yokan and mixed fruits. Spoon on another tbsp whipped cream. Top parfait with matcha ice cream, warabi mochi, matcha crepe sticks and some remaining fruits and cornflakes. Cool in the fridge. Matcha Crepe Stick snack from our local Japanese grocery store~ 美味しい! * HOW TO MAKE YOKAN / 羊羹 (sweet red bean paste jelly) Ingredients – Water 150 ml – Agar Powder 1 tsp – Salt – Koshi-an (sweet red bean paste without skins) 200g Photo Credit: Tsunagu Japan Directions Put water and agar powder in a saucepan. Bring to a boil. Remove from the heat and add Koshi-an and mix …

Fruitify your day! Mixed Fruit Smoothie Recipes

One of the best ways to refresh yourself is by having a detoxified body. Not only it revitalizes your inner body with natural nutrients, but also it nourishes your well-being while having a soothing run down your throat especially during the hot days. It is important to allow your body to enjoy the cool while maintaining a healthy balance of ions in your system. What else more perfect for this purpose than the ultimate favorite fruity smoothie? Wake up and blend up one of these healthy smoothie recipes for a great start to your day. They’re easy to make, refreshing and nutritious. Ingredients Fruity Smoothie Option #1 1 cup strawberries, stemmed 1 cup watermelon, sliced 1 cup apple, sliced 1 cup plain yogurt 5 pcs milk ice cubes 2 tbsp pure honey (optional) Option #2 1 cup apple, sliced 1 cup pear, peeled and sliced 1 whole kiwi, peeled and sliced 1/2 cup plain yogurt 5 pcs milk ice cubes 2 tbsp pure honey (optional) 1/2 cup freshly squeezed orange juice Option #3 2 cups watermelon, sliced …

Chic Rainbow Cake

Life is too short not to have a slice of this colorful and delicious sweet treat… You can watch our “Rainbow Cake” tutorial here! 🙂 INGREDIENTS ☆ Cake Mix ☆ 300 g flour 1 ½ sticks butter (room temperature) 1 ½ cups granulated sugar 4 large egg whites 2 ½ tsp. baking powder ¼ tsp. salt 1 ½ tsp. vanilla extract 1 cup milk (room temperature) ☆ Swiss Meringue Buttercream ☆ 5 large egg whites 1 cup + 3 tbsp. granulated sugar 400 g butter (room temperature, cut) 1 ½ tsp. vanilla extract ¼ tsp. Salt ☆ Vanilla Crème Glaçage ☆ 1 cup powdered sugar 8 tbsp. milk 4 tbsp. cream cheese ¼ tsp. vanilla extract INSTRUCTIONS Preheat oven to 170 degrees C. Brush six 6-inch-round cake pans (or as many 6-inch cake pans as you have, reusing them as necessary) with butter. Line bottom of each cake pan with parchment paper; brush again and set aside. ☆ Cake Mix & Assembling ☆ 1. In a large bowl, sift together flour, baking powder and salt. Set …