日本での一年間

March 10, 2011

Making Wagashi, Japanese Traditional Sweets

A couple weeks ago, I got to make my own wagashi, Japanese sweets. Wagashi are traditionally made with ingredients such as pounded rice (mochi) and red bean paste (anko).

The samples of what we were going to make. These are the ones the sweets master made. The one on the right is meant to look like water. And the black dot is a black bean that was boiled with sugar.

Our ingredients and tools. At the top is the box we were meant to put the sweets in when we finished. There us already one piece in there. It's wakakusa, young grass, and it's a gelatinous confectionery. The other sweets were all made of different colors of red bean paste. I wonder how they dye it different colors....

View from the window of the sweets classroom.

These are the sweets I made. They don't look as perfect as the ones above that were made by the master. They also got a bit bunged up with I put them in the box and carried them around all day, but they were still delicious!

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1 Comment »

  1. Your sweets look quite enticing, and I love the flower with its perky orange center.

    Comment by Adrienne Lieberman — March 10, 2011 @ 11:55 am


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