Quick, Simple, Delicious Gantsuki Steamed Bread

Quick, Simple, Delicious Gantsuki Steamed Bread

Gantsuki are steamed bread from my hometown of Iwate prefecture in northern Japan.


Brown sugar
300 g
Milk or water
200 ml
Eggs (large)
2 teaspoons
Vegetable oil
2 teaspoons
100 ml
Cake flour
300 g
Baking soda
10 g
Black sesame seeds
as needed
Walnuts (optional)
as needed


1. Add the milk (or water) and brown sugar to a pot, heat on low, dissolve the sugar while stirring, and let cool. Make sure not to let it boil.
2. Combine the cake flour and the baking soda, and sift. Spread out a cooking sheet in a sieve. Boil some water in a steamer.
3. Add the cooled Step 1, eggs, miso, and vegetable oil to a bowl, and mix well.
4. Add in the sifted dry ingredients, and mix.
5. Finally add in the vinegar and mix. It will turn a bit white.
6. Place the dough into a sieve, and scatter with sesame and walnuts (optional).
7. Cover with a cloth and then a lid to prevent drops of water from forming, and steam for about 25 minutes on high heat.
8. The gantsuki is done.

Story Behind this Recipe

Gantsuki is a snack from my hometown of southern Iwate prefecture. The sesame are supposedly resemble a gaggle of geese taking flight in the night of the full moon.