Category: Global Dishes

Kasutera Cake Recipe

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Tea and cake are a perfect pairing for an afternoon snack in many countries. In Japan, kasutera is a popular sponge cake, derived from the Portuguese castela cake. Originally introduced to Japan by Portuguese sailors in the port town of Nagasaki, Kasutera is now a specialty of the city. Soft, spongy and sweet, kasutera cake can be flavored with almost anything… matcha green tea, peach, honey, even gold foil! During the traditional Japanese tea ceremony, it is common to serve sweet treats alongside matcha green tea. Here’s our recipe for a honey-flavored kasutera cake. What flavor will you make?

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.
Servings Prep Time
10 slices 10 minutes
Cook Time
45 minutes
Servings Prep Time
10 slices 10 minutes
Cook Time
45 minutes
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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
10 slices 10 minutes
Cook Time
45 minutes
Servings Prep Time
10 slices 10 minutes
Cook Time
45 minutes
Ingredients
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  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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Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies
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Servings Prep Time
10-20 people 5 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
10-20 people 5 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
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10-20 people 5 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
10-20 people 5 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
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  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and spray cookie sheets lightly with vegetable oil.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together the cake mix and pumpkin with a fork, or mixer, until well-blended.
  3. Drop by large rounded spoonfuls onto the cookie sheet. While cooking, they won't flatten out or expand much, so however you place them on the cookie sheet is how they will look when they come out of the oven. Helpful hint, take the back of a spoon and smooth out the top surface of the cookies into a rounded mound.
  4. Bake for 15 minutes. Allow cookies to cool on baking sheet for up to five minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.
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Lemon Olive Oil Cake

Lemon Olive Oil Cake
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This recipe infuses all things that remind you of Italy, lemons, olive oil and deliciousness. Light and moist, this cake is easy enough for a casual week night dinner, but impressive enough for a Sunday lunch with your family and friends.
Servings Prep Time
4 mini loafs 10 minutes
Cook Time
40 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 mini loafs 10 minutes
Cook Time
40 minutes
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This recipe infuses all things that remind you of Italy, lemons, olive oil and deliciousness. Light and moist, this cake is easy enough for a casual week night dinner, but impressive enough for a Sunday lunch with your family and friends.
Servings Prep Time
4 mini loafs 10 minutes
Cook Time
40 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 mini loafs 10 minutes
Cook Time
40 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: mini loafs
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  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Prepare your cake pan - we used four disposable mini loaf pans but you can use a muffin pan, loaf pan or bundt pans - by brushing it with melted butter and lightly dusting it with flour. Make sure to shake out the excess.
  2. Pulse the granulated sugar and lemon zest in a blender until combined. Add the eggs one at a time, then gradually pour in the olive oil and milk. Pulse until it turns into a thin batter, about 30 seconds. Don't over blend or the cakes will be too puffy.
  3. Whisky 1 cup of flour, the baking powder and salt in a small bowl. Add to the blender in 2 batches, pulsing until combined. Stop to scrap the sides of the blender as needed.
  4. Pour the batter into the prepared pan or pans. Bake until the cakes just begin to pull away from the sides of the pan and spring back when lightly touch. This should be about 25 - 30 minutes for separate loaf or bundt pans or 20 - 25 minutes for a muffin pan.
  5. Once you remove them from the oven, let them cool for 10 minutes, then loosen the sides with a small knife and invert the cakes onto a rack. Quickly flip over and let cool for 30 minutes. Meanwhile, prepare the glaze by whisking confectioner's sugar, lemon juice and butter until smooth, adding more lemon juice if the mixture is too thick. Drizzle over the warm cakes and serve!
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A Sweet Japanese Treat

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Mitarashi dango is a delicious treat found in street vendors throughout Japan. Dango are balls of rice flour that take on a dumpling-like consistency when cooked. First they’re boiled and then placed on a skewer to be grilled. Once grilled, they’re covered with the sweet mitarashi sauce, which is made up of soy sauce and sugar. So simple, yet so delicious!

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A woman makes Konnyaku dango, made from Konnyaku potatoes, on the street in Japan.

Ramen, Udon, Soba… Oh my!

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Think you’re skilled with chopsticks? Meet Jiyu, our friend in Tokyo who at the young age of 3, has mastered the art. In Japan… ramen, udon and soba are three popular kinds of noodles kids eat throughout the week. Learn more about these yummy noodles and get our recipe for a kid-friendly for ramen, just like the dish we enjoyed in Tokyo. 

Easy-to-Make Italian Ice Recipe

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Growing up on the east coast, italian ice was a summer dessert staple. If you lived near New York, Ralph’s was your go-to shop. Near Philadelphia? Probably Rita’s. Rhode Island? You’ve definitely had a Del’s Lemonade. No matter where you grew up, you probably had a few Italian ices in your lifetime. While the name may have you believing that italian ice is most popular in Italy, many versions of the icy treat are enjoyed around the world. In Italy, this dessert is known as “granita” and commonly flavored with lemon or coffee. The best part about Italian ice? You can make it almost any flavor you want! It’s super easy to make and delicious to eat. Here, we’re sharing a recipe for our favorite Italian ices. Once your little citizens try it, we bet it will become a summertime staple for your family!