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A mochi maker - available at most Japanese stores and online, is crucial for this recipe! Once you invest in it, you'll be happy you did for all the mochi you can make!
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A mochi maker - available at most Japanese stores and online, is crucial for this recipe! Once you invest in it, you'll be happy you did for all the mochi you can make!
Servings
30mochi patties
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30mochi patties
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl, rinse and carefully drain 8 cups of mochigome rice multiple times until the water runs clear.
  2. Cover with water and leave to soak for a minimum of 6 hours, to a day.
  3. Drain the water out of the soaking rice, shaking to remove any excess water and let it sit to completely drain for 15 minutes. It's better to use a wooden sieve or metal colander vs. a plastic one.
  4. Follow the instructions on your mochi maker and add two cups of water to the reserve area beneath the mochi maker bowl. Attach the bowl and stirring mechanism.
  5. Add the thoroughly drained rice to the mochi maker bowl and even out the top so it's flat. Make sure the cover attachment is locked.
  6. Set your machine on steam. It will automatically go to pound mode when it is ready and the grains of rice can be smashed with your finger.
  7. Watch as the mochigome turns into a glutinous mass when it's pounding. When finished, turn out the big ball of pounded rice onto a table that has been sprinkled with mochiko (rice flour) to avoid sticking.
  8. Very quickly, start forming the mochi into little patties by pinching off a small mound with your thumb and index finger.
  9. You can add anko (sweet red bean paste) in the center for a special treat.
  10. When you are ready to eat your mochi, preheat your toaster oven or oven to broil. Make a dipping sauce made up of 3/4 cup of sugar and 1/4 cup of soy sauce mixed together.
  11. On a tray lined with tin foil and sprayed with cooking spray, line up your mochi in rows so that you have at least in inch in between them. As they puff up, this prevents them from sticking to each other.
  12. Cook until the mochi puffs up and gets toasty brown on the top. Do not be surprised if the mochi patties double in size and start melding into each other. You can always pull them apart later. Enjoy!
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Cast Iron Cinnamon Rolls

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16rolls
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16rolls
Ingredients
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Mix together and knead all of the dough ingredients. This can be done by hand, mixer or in a bread machine (on dough setting).
  2. If mixed by hand or mixer, once smooth and soft, place dough in lightly greased bowl. Cover and let rise for 60 minutes or doubled.
  3. Gently transfer dough to a floured surface. Roll dough into a large rectangle until dough is roughly just under a centimeter.
  4. Spread melted butter onto the surface of dough (reserving 1 tbsp). Sprinkle brown sugar and cinnamon evenly on top.
  5. From the shorter end, roll the dough into a log and cut into 15-16 slices.
  6. Place buns in a well-greased cast iron. Drizzle reserved 1 tbsp butter over buns. Cover skillet and let buns rise for about 30 minutes.
  7. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  8. Uncover buns and bake for about 15 minutes, just until they're golden brown.
  9. While buns are in the oven, beat cream cheese, butter, sugar and vanilla.
  10. Remove cinnamon rolls from the oven and spread icing evenly on top while they're warm.
  11. Best server warm with a tall glass of milk. Wrap in plastic wrap to store at room temperature for a few days... If you're able to stay away for that long!
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Hong Kong Style Egg Tart

Hong Kong Style Egg Tart
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12servings 45 minutes 25minutes
Servings Prep Time
12servings 45 minutes
Cook Time
25minutes
Ingredients
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, salt, and 1 tablespoon of sugar. Add the butter and break it up with your fingers, mixing it in with the flour mixture.
  2. Add in 2 tablespoons of cold water and begin mixing the dough all together. If it needs more water, add a tiny bit more in, until it forms a crust consistency. Bring the dough into a ball shape, cover and refrigerate for 20 minutes.
  3. After 20 minutes, take the dough out and place it on a cutting board that is lightly floured. Begin to knead the dough gently, forming it into a rectangle, keeping the edges even. Try to make sure you still have some flecks of butter visible in the dough.
  4. Fold the top third of the dough down to the center, then the bottom third up and over that. Roll the dough out again, turning it vertically so that it reaches three times its length. Fold it in thirds again, cover and put in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.
  5. While the dough is resting, you can make the custard filling! Dissolve 1/2 cup of sugar into the hot water, in a large mixing bowl. Allow this to cool to room temperature. Thoroughly whisk eggs and evaporated milk together in a separate bowl and then whisk in the sugar water and vanilla.
  6. Strain your egg mixture through a mesh strainer in order to get your mixture to a smooth consistency without bubbles. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.
  7. Roll out the dough and cut circles to fit your small aluminum tart tins. Press your dough into the tins to fill each one. Then fill them with the egg mixture, 3/4 of the way to the top. Place all of your tins onto a baking sheet and pop them in the oven!
  8. Bake them for 15 minutes, reducing the temperature to 350 degrees and baking again for another 10-12 minutes, until the filling is just set. Let the tarts cool for a couple of minutes and enjoy them while they are warm!
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Persimmon Galette

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Persimmon is a fruit native to Japan, China, Korea and Burma but is also grown in Northern California. A persimmon is reminiscent to an apple with a crisp texture, and it's color when ripe is a beautiful rich autumnal orange. This galette is perfect for the holidays!
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Persimmon is a fruit native to Japan, China, Korea and Burma but is also grown in Northern California. A persimmon is reminiscent to an apple with a crisp texture, and it's color when ripe is a beautiful rich autumnal orange. This galette is perfect for the holidays!
Servings Prep Time Cook Time
8servings 20 minutes 40 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
40 minutes
Ingredients
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. In a large mixing bowl, blend flour and salt. Add in the butter and mix until it resembles a coarse meal.
  2. Add 2 tablespoons of ice water and blend until the dough begins to clump together, adding more ice water by the the teaspoonfuls if the dough is dry.
  3. While you're working the dough, continue to gather the dough into a ball. Once it is in a ball, flatten it into a disk. Wrap it in plastic wrap and chill for 1 hour.
  4. After an hour, take the dough out and roll it between two sheets of parchment paper until it is approximately 1/8 inch thick. Place it back in the refrigerator for 15 minutes.
  5. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees. Combine the sliced persimmon slices, 2 tablespoons of sugar, and the lemon peel in a medium bowl. Toss to blend.
  6. Spread the preserves over the crust, leaving a 1 inch border.
  7. Arrange your persimmon slices overlapping each other. Feel free to make your own design! Fold the crust border up and over to create the galette shape.
  8. Brush the crust with milk or egg wash. Sprinkle the crust edges and persimmon with the remaining 1 tablespoon of sugar.
  9. Bake the galette for 20 minutes. Reduce the temperature to 375 degrees and continue baking until crust is golden, about 20 minutes longer.
  10. Let your galette stand for at least 10 minutes. Cut into wedges and serve warm or at room temperature with a scoop of ice cream!
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Udon Noodle Soup

Udon Noodle Soup
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Noodles are a main part of Japanese cuisine. Udon is a thick noodle that can be eaten in a soup or alone. This easy recipe can be added to with any topping you choose!
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Noodles are a main part of Japanese cuisine. Udon is a thick noodle that can be eaten in a soup or alone. This easy recipe can be added to with any topping you choose!
Servings Prep Time Cook Time
2people 30minutes 30minutes
Servings Prep Time
2people 30minutes
Cook Time
30minutes
Ingredients
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. To make the soup, bring the dashi to a boil over medium high heat. Once boiling, add mirin, soy sauce and salt. Bring to a boil again and then turn off and set aside.
  2. Then, boil 3 cups of water and add the udon noodles. Make sure to separate them out while they cook. Once they are separated, remove them from heat and place in a bowl of ice water to prevent them from continuing to cook.
  3. Place your broth in a bowl and ladle the noodles in slowly. Top your soup with sliced cucumbers, bonito flakes, sesame seeds, seaweed and green onion or anything else you want to add!
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Cranberry-Orange Bread

Cranberry-Orange Bread
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My grandma is famous for her breads... zucchini, pumpkin, banana you name it. But my personal favorite is her cranberry-orange bread. It's best served with a light sugary icing but her recipe doesn't call for it. Serve with a nice cup of tea!
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My grandma is famous for her breads... zucchini, pumpkin, banana you name it. But my personal favorite is her cranberry-orange bread. It's best served with a light sugary icing but her recipe doesn't call for it. Serve with a nice cup of tea!
Servings Prep Time Cook Time
8servings 35minutes 50minutes
Servings Prep Time
8servings 35minutes
Cook Time
50minutes
Instructions
  1. Heat the oven to 350°F and arrange a rack in the middle. Coat a 9-by-5-inch loaf pan with butter; set aside.
  2. Place the flour, sugar, orange zest, baking powder, salt, and baking soda in a large bowl and whisk to aerate and break up any lumps. Add the orange juice, melted butter, egg, and vanilla and stir with a spoon or rubber spatula until just combined. Stir in the cranberries and nuts, if using, until evenly distributed.
  3. Scrape the batter into the prepared loaf pan, pushing it into the corners and smoothing the top. Bake until a toothpick inserted into center comes out clean, about 50 minutes. Place the pan on a wire rack to cool for 15 minutes, then turn the bread out onto the rack and cool completely.
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Kasutera Cake

Kasutera Cake
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A popular Japanese sponge cake that can be flavored with anything from green tea, brown sugar or honey.
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A popular Japanese sponge cake that can be flavored with anything from green tea, brown sugar or honey.
Servings Prep Time Cook Time
10slices 10minutes 45minutes
Servings Prep Time
10slices 10minutes
Cook Time
45minutes
Instructions
  1. Line your loaf pan (71/2 inches x 31/2 inches) with aluminum foil, followed by a layer of parchment paper. Preheat your oven to 325 degrees.
  2. Put your egg whites into a large mixing bowl and beat them on high for 30 seconds until you begin to see foam develop. Add in your sugar and continue beating, until soft peaks form.
  3. Now, you will begin by mixing your yolks one at a time, into your egg white mixture, at medium low speed for 1 minuted. Gradually add in your sifted flour and beat on low speed for 30 seconds.
  4. Next, you pour in your honey and water mixture and continue to beat on low for 1 minute.
  5. Pour your batter into your loaf pan, tapping the edges on a table to remove any bubbles. Smooth out the top of your batter to make it spread out evenly in the pan.
  6. Bake your cake for 45 minutes, or until the top is browned. Remove the pan from the oven, dropping it on the counter and let it cool.
  7. Remove the parchment paper slowly. Cut all the edges off except for the top and bottom. Cut into thick slices and serve!
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