Add the ingredients marked with ● to a food processor (or a blender) and blend on a high speed.
Once you've been blending for 2-3 minutes and the mixture has become pale, add the sesame paste and blend for a further minute. Please make sure to mix the paste in well from the beginning.
When the mixture is thick and even it's ready.
Pour the mixture into a rice cooker pot. Combine the ingredients marked with ☆ and sift them into the mixture. Add the toasted sesame seeds and the adzuki beans.
Whilst rotating the rice cooker pot, fold in the ingredients until evenly dstributed then flatten down the batter around the outside of the pot and switch the rice cooker on!
Cook 2-3 times in the rice cooker and check to see if it's done by inserting a skewer into the middle. If it comes back clean it's ready! Turn the cake out onto a cooling rack and leave to cool.
Story Behind this Recipe
This is the third cake I've tried in the food processor and rice cooker. I thought it would be nice to make a slightly Japanese-tasting cake this time.
This recipe just relies on the food processor and rice cooker so it's very simple. You can also use normal canned adzuki beans. Cooking time and number of times you have to switch it back on will vary depending on rice cooker so please check on the cake yourself and decide when the rice cooker needs switching off. Sesame paste can separate so please mix it in thoroughly. Apart from that there are no other tricks, it's just a very easy cake.