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Sakura Cherry Blossom Confectionery

Sakura Cherry Blossom Confectionery

With a bit of sophistication and sweetness, these are Japanese treats full of spring flavors that grown-ups will enjoy. You can make a couple of these at a time by creating one big roll. They're great for parties too.

Ingredients: 6

Sakura preserved in salt
6 pieces
Nagaimo (or yam potato, Japanese yam), grated
40 g
Sugar
65 to 70 g
Water
50 ml
Joshinko
45 g
Yomogi powder
1/2 teaspoon
Koshi-an
40 g
Yukari
1/2 teaspoon

Steps

1. Soak the sakura in water for 10 to 30 minutes to remove the salt content. Dry off with a paper towel.
2. Create a mold of 17 (width) x 20 (length) x (at least) 3 cm (height) with a sheet of parchment paper and staple the four corners.
3. Grate the nagaimo and measure out 40 g. Pour 40 g of the nagaimo, half the sugar, and half the listed amount of water into a mortar and pestle. Once mixed, add in the other halves and mix again.
4. Once mixed, add in the joshinko and grind with the pestle. Once it comes together, set aside 20 g of it. Mix in the yomogi powder (or matcha) to the portion set aside.
5. Spread out the joshinko dough from Step 4 on the mold. Then, spread out the yomogi dough from Step 4 in the middle. Arrange the 6 pieces of sakura on one side.
6. Steam in a steamer for 10 to 15 minutes.
7. Mix the yukari into the koshi-an (add 1 teaspoon - 1 tablespoon of flour if it seems too soft). Microwave for about 1 minute to let the liquid evaporate, and roll it out into a stick.
8. Once steamed, flip it over onto a tightly wrung out towel, and carefully peel off the parchment paper by applying some water as needed.
9. Place the bean paste stick on one end and roll it up tightly.
10. Once it cools off a bit, cut with a wet knife. To create cleanly cut pieces, wipe off any residue on the knife and wet again after each cut.
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Story Behind this Recipe

I'm really into the deliciousness of karukan (Japanese confection from the Kyushu Region) lately, so I used it to create quintessential Japanese sweets for the spring.