Hydrangeas (Traditional Japanese Dessert)

Hydrangeas (Traditional Japanese Dessert)

Enjoy making this easy Japanese wagashi treat!!

Ingredients: 6 pieces

Kanten powder
2 g
150 ml
30 g
1 tablespoon
Food coloring (red and blue)
as needed
White bean paste (store-bought)
as needed


1. Measure out the ingredients. Dissolve the food coloring in water and set aside.
2. Pour the water into a pot, add the agar powder, and heat while stirring to dissolve.
3. When the agar powder has dissolved, add the sugar and mizuame and dissolve. Simmer slightly (for less than a minute).
4. Transfer Step 3 to a bowl and add the food coloring dissolved in water (add a bit at a time until it reaches your desired coloring).
5. Transfer to a container and let cool to harden. The container should be large enough to allow it to spread to a thickness of about 5 mm.
6. Once it has hardened, remove from the container!!
7. Cut into cubes (I made them into 5 mm cubes).
8. Roll the white bean paste into balls. I didn't bother measuring how many grams per ball. Since they'll be coated in the kanten, take that into account when determining the size.
9. Coat the white bean paste in the kanten and it's done. Attach the kanten your hands or use a cloth.

Story Behind this Recipe

I make this during the rainy season when there's a lot of rain and the temperatures are high.