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Walnut Yubeshi (Sweet Rice Cake with Walnuts)

Walnut Yubeshi (Sweet Rice Cake with Walnuts)

I created a quick and easy recipe for my mother's favorite walnut yubeshi.

Ingredients: Makes about 35 2 cm squares

Shiratamako
100 g
Lukewarm water
150 g
Brown cane sugar
70 g
Soy sauce
1/2 tablespoon
Walnuts
40 g
Kinako
2 tablespoons
Katakuriko

Steps

1. Microwave the walnuts for 2 minutes. For whole walnuts, microwave for 3 minutes, then finely crush.
2. Dissolve the shiratamako, brown cane sugar, and soy sauce in lukewarm water, then mix well.
3. Put the mixture into a heat-resistant bowl, wrap in plastic, then microwave for 2 minutes, and mix well until evenly incorporated.
4. Add the walnuts and kinako to the mixture, mix, then microwave again for 2 minutes. It will start to turn brown.
5. Stir well, then spread out the mixture onto a tray coated in katakuriko, then cool to set. Now, all you have to do is cut.
6. After microwaving, it is very hot, so be careful not to burn yourself. I let it sit a while before spreading it out. Then chill in the refrigerator.
7. This is the granulated brown cane sugar I used.
8. Sprinkle on some kinako and enjoy!

Story Behind this Recipe

Since I wanted to make this for my mother, I looked at a variety of recipes, but they all used sugar syrup. It seemed wasteful and a bother to buy sugar syrup just to use a small amount, so I combined a bunch of recipes to come up with another way of making it.