Kaori’s Easy Recipe – Learn How to Make Pompompurin Pumpkin Tarts

12.May.2018 | FEATURES / FOOD

With just a small bit of ingenuity, turn everyday food into something cute using Kaori’s recipe series! With a few simple ideas, an ordinary recipe magically transforms into a cute dish.

 

For this recipe, you’ll learn how make mini Pompompurin pumpkin tarts! This is a simple recipe you can make with just a blender.

 

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1: Ingredients

12 Tart shells

150g Pumpkin (deseeded, skin taken off and made soft)

50ml Fresh cream (In this recipe I used soy milk)

20-30g Sugar (Depending on the sweetness of the pumpkin)

1 Egg yolk (small egg)

Sliced Chocolate

Tinned yellow peach

 

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2: Steam and make the pumpkin soft in the microwave. Place the softened pumpkin, sugar, fresh cream (or soy milk) and egg yolk into a blender.

 

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3: Blitz until it’s mixed like in the photo above.

 

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4: Pour the mixture from Step 3 into the tart shells and place into a 180℃ preheated oven. Lower the temperature to 140-150℃ and cook for 10-15 minutes. (You don’t want to brown anything, so we cook it on a low heat.)

 

If it looks like it’s about to start browning, cover with aluminium foil as this will prevent it from burning.

 

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5: Once your cooked tarts have fully cooled down, use a round cutter to make a hat out of chocolate and a tear-drop cutter to make ears out of the yellow peach. The round ball on top of the hat can be made by breaking off some sliced chocolate and rolling it with your fingers.

 

Finally, drawn on the eyes, nose and mouth with a warmed chocolate pen!

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The crunchy tart shells and moist pumpkin paste go pair together wonderfully! And the sourness from the yellow peach is perfect, making is really tasty♡

 

Kaori invites you into her world of character-themed food dishes in her recipe series!

 

Please check out her Instagram where she has uploaded many pictures of her character dishes!

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Kaori Kubota (@kaopan27)
I live in Hokkaido and I love to make character-shaped meals, desserts and breads.
I enjoy making character foods because I want to see my family smiling.
My character foods and character bento boxes are introduced on my Instagram page→@kaopan27

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    07.June.2017 | FEATURES / FOOD

    With just a small bit of ingenuity, turn everyday food into something cute using Kaori’s recipe series! With a few simple ideas, an ordinary recipe magically transforms into a cute dish. Let us introduce to you, “Pompompurin-chan’s Sweet Potato.”

    ■Ingredients (to make seven pieces)

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    ・Mujirushi Ryohin

    ・Jibunde Tsukuru Sweet Potato Mix – one bag (140g)

    ・Milk    140~150g

    ・Unsalted butter 50g

    ・Cocoa powder  half of a tea spoon

    ・Egg yolk one

    ・Water one tea spoon ※mix it with egg yolk in advance


    ■How to make

    ②Put Sweet Potato Mix, milk, butter into the ball and mix them together.

    (Put the butter in a heat-resistent container. Cover the container with cellophane wrap and heat it up in a microwave for 30〜40 seconds)

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    ③Mix them with a spatula until it gets hard as shown in the picture above.

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    ④First, make the face.

    Each piece should be 30g. Roll it like a rice ball to make the surface smooth and shape it to a trapezoid-shape.

    4

    ⑤Next, make the ears

    Each piece should be 3g. Roll them and shape them into a water drop-shape.

    5

    ⑥Make the hat.

    The cloth should be 21g. Color it with cocoa powder. Roll each piece (3g) and shape them to dome shapes. Put the ear and hat on the face.

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    ⑦After Purin-chan’s form is completed, coat it with egg yolk mixed with water so as to make the surface smooth. Use your fingers when coating it.

    When coating it with egg yolk, put egg yolk on the location where the arrow indicates so that the pieces will not come off when it is baked.

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    ⑧First, bake it for 5 minutes in the oven (180 degrees) and continue to bake it for another 5 minutes or until it is brown.(Watch it carefully in order to prevent it from burning.)

    It will be completed when it looks like the piece shown in the picture.

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    ⑨Write the face

    ☆Write the nose with melted chocolate using the flat side of a toothpick.

    ☆The nose of Purin-chan is shaped like a flipped triangle. Like this → ▽

    ☆Next, draw the eyes and mouth using a toothpick.

    Use the pointed side of the toothpick when drawing the mouth. (Draw these parts carefully so that you do not rip the dough.)

    ☆Finally, to fix the hat on the head, use a fried pasta so that hat will be stabilized.(Check the last article for instructions about the pasta.)

    Coat the hat with chocolate.

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    Finished!

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    Kaori also invites you into her world of character-themed rice dishes in her recipe series! Please check out her Instagram where she has uploaded many pictures of her character dishes!

     

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    Kaori Kubota(@kaopan27)

    Kaori lives in Hokkaido and enjoys making dinners, sweet treats and character food using bread ♡

    Kaori also loves to experiment with small tricks to crate easy character-themed sweets @kaopan27

     

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    26.April.2017 | FEATURES / FOOD

    With just a small bit of ingenuity, turn everyday food into something cute using Kaori’s recipe series! With a few simple ideas, an ordinary recipe magically transforms into a cute dish. Today we’ll look at a recipe that uses a lot of fruit. Let us introduce to you, Pom Pom Purin Fruity Milk Pudding!

    ■Ingredients

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    ・Milk 500ml

    ・Gelatin 10g

    ・Sugar 4-5 table spoons

    ・Canned peaches

    ・Blueberries

    ・Kiwi

    ・Orange

    ・Banana

    ・Grapes

    ・one stick of spaghetti

    ・Chocolate pen

    ・Cutter

     

    ■How to make

    1. Pour milk into a pot and heat at low to medium temperature so as to melt the sugar  *be careful not to burn the bottom

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    2:When the sugar has melted, pour in the gelatin which has been mixed with 2 table spoons of hot water

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    3. Mix so that it does not come to a boil and melt the gelatin completely

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    4:Cool the mixture and then put into a container and next into the refrigerator overnight

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    5. Cut your favorite fruit. These fruit pieces will be put on top of the pudding.

    How to make “Purin-chan”: Use the cut peach slices as the face and ears. Use the tops of grapes to make a hat.

    Use the cut kiwi and banana as decoration. The orange and grapes can be cut real thin.

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    6. Pour boiled water into a deep cup and melt the chocolate pen

    7. Deep fry aspaghetti and use this to join Purin’s hat, grape and peach together.

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    8. Draw Prin’s face. Place the chocolate pen in the dish and use a toothpick.

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    9. Put “Prin-chan”’s face and some big fruit slices on top of the pudding.FullSizeRender (6)

    10. Put all fruits on the pudding taking great care to keep things in balance. Voila! Your pudding is completed!

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    Kaori also invites you into her world of character-themed rice dishes in her recipe series! Please check out her Instagram where she has uploaded many pictures of her character dishes!

     

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    Kaori lives in Hokkaido and enjoys making dinners, sweet treats and character food using bread ♡ Kaori also loves to experiment with small tricks for easy character-themed ▶@kaopan27

     

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    Next up in the Mogu Mogu Scarlett series is the Pom Pom Purin café in Harajuku! Outside of Japan fellow Sanrio character Hello Kitty is the big name, but in Japan the
    many Sanrio characters are all super popular.
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    In Tokyo there are lots of cafes themed around characters, TV series, pop groups and more, with everything from the food to the décor specially designed!
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    The interior of the café is simply adorable. It is based around being in
    Pom Pom Purin’s house, so you can look into the various rooms in the house and see what his other food-themed friends, like Bagel,Scone and Macaron are getting up to! Merchandise is also available–my favourite was the Pom Pom Purin plushie with a knife and fork, so cute! The seats are heart shaped, and the hanging lamps even have Pom Pom Purin’s face on them. And of course, you can see the famous dog himself at the centre of the café!
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    The Grand Menu recently changed on the 19th of December, with an all new selection to try. If you can’t read Japanese don’t worry –there are English and Chinese menus available. The most popular savoury course on the menu is the beef stroganoff, and the café recommendation is the fluffy soufflé omelette rice (omurice). So I decided to try these both out! The omurice came with a tasty white sauce in a special gift cup that you get to take home! It featured Pom Pom Purin with a
    mushroom beret having an afternoon nap on a bed of yummy tomato sauce and
    dreamy shaped vegetables –like a star and four leafed clover! The two sauces together really complemented each other and the omelette was so fluffy and delicious. I can understand why the beef stroganoff is so popular as it’s very tasty and homely –featuring Pom Pom Purin shaped out of rice and a beef beret.
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    For dessert, the most popular item is the parfait, which has an actual pud
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    29.April.2018 | FEATURES / FOOD

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    In this recipe, you’ll learn how to make cute tear & share bread of the character Rilakkuma!

     

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    First, you’ll need to make a pack out of a milk carton for the mix later.

    1. Open up a milk carton that you have washed and cut it into a cylindrical shape.

    2. Staple together your pieces from Step 1.

    3. Now, staple them together into a square that measures about 10-12cm.

    4. Wrap with aluminium foil.

    ☆これを2つ作り型はOKです

     

    Now, onto making the bread!

     

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    1: Ingredients

    240g strong flour

    5g dried yeast

    15g sugar

    3g salt

    5g cocoa powder

    60g unsalted butter

    1 egg

    75-80ml lukewarm water

     

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    2: Put the strong flour, dried yeast, salt and sugar into a bowl.

    ☆If the salt (塩) and yeast (イースト) are put side by side it will be difficult for the mix to rise to keep them separate.

    Mix the lukewarm water and egg together.

    Aim at the yeast and pour into the mix, then stir with a wooden spatula until it’s no longer floury.

     

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    3: Take out the flour once it’s at a point where it’s no longer floury, add the unsalted butter and knead with your hands.

     

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    4: Once your dough in Step 3 is mixed together, split the mix in half, and roll one of those halves as it is into a ball. With the other half, mix it bit by bit with the cocoa powder that has been dissolved in the lukewarm water and shape into a ball. Leave them to rise for 40 minutes.

     

    Once they have risen, divide both the plain mix and cocoa mix into 4 pieces (my pieces weighed 53g).

    ☆The amount of grams will change depending on the way you have kneaded it and the temperature, so it’s better to divide them into 4 after having measured their weight.

     

    Make ears from your 4 divided pieces (2g each).

    Once you’ve finished diving each part, line them up like in the photograph to set aside for 10 minutes.

     

    After 10 minutes, put them into the pack you made in the beginning.

    ☆Don’t put on the ears yet.

    Once they’re in, leave them to rise again for another 30 minutes before on the ears.

     

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    5: Once you’ve completed everything in Step 4, place them into a preheated oven at 180℃ then lower the temperature to 150℃ and cook for about 7-minutes.

    After that, so they don’t take on a brown colour, take off the aluminium foil and cook for a further 10-minutes.

     

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    6: Leave to cool down completely, draw on the faces with a chocolate pen, and you’re all done♡

     

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    In this recipe I made the bread with 2 different kinds of batter, but you can make it with just plain if you like and it’ll be plenty kawaii.

    If you wrap them with a ribbon they make a perfect present!

     

    Kaori invites you into her world of character-themed food dishes in her recipe series!

    Please check out her Instagram where she has uploaded many pictures of her character dishes!

     

    ■Profile
    Kaori Kubota (@kaopan27)
    I live in Hokkaido and I love to make character-shaped meals, desserts and breads.
    I enjoy making character foods because I want to see my family smiling,
    My character foods and character bento boxes are introduced in my Instagram page→@kaopan27

  • Kaori’s Easy Recipe – Learn How to Make “Duffy Cherry Blossom Jelly”

    14.April.2018 | FEATURES / FOOD

    With just a small bit of ingenuity, turn everyday food into something cute using Kaori’s recipe series! With a few simple ideas, an ordinary recipe magically transforms into a cute dish.

    For this recipe, you’ll learn how to make cute Duffy cookies with cherry blossom jelly, perfect for springtime!

     

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    1: Ingredients
    ☆Annin Tofu
    Daiso Annin Milk Purin   1 box
    Milk 400ml

     

    ☆Cherry Blossom Jelly
    Salted cherry blossoms 10 buds
    Water 200ml
    Sugar 1 tbsp
    Food colouring Just a little

    Gelatin 4-5g
    Water 15ml
    ☆Prepare the gelatin by dissolving in the water.

    ☆Cookie Dough
    Please refer to my previous article where I made Hello Kitty sandwich cookies.
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    (For this recipe we’re making Duffy, so I mixed a little bit of brown food colouring into the dough)
    ★You can use anything as a substitute for the cookie shape.

     

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    2: After lightly rinsing the salted cherry blossom buds, soak them in water for 30 minutes to one hour to extract the salt.

     

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    3: Make the annin milk purin according to the instructions on the box.

     

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    4: Once the mix from step 3 has cooled down, transfer it into a vessel and store in the fridge to solidify.

     

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    5: Add a little bit of pink food colouring to the 200ml of water.
    ☆If you add the food colouring into the water while it’s in the pot you won’t know how deep the pink colour is due to the colour of the pot, so be sure to add it beforehand in a clear bowl or jug so you can gauge the colour.

     

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    6: Transfer the water in step 5 into a pot and add the sugar and salted cherry blossom buds from step 2. Once the sugar has melted well, add the gelatin that you dissolved in water. Mix well.

     

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    7: After checking that your mix from step 4 has solidified, pour your cooled down mix from step 6 on top and place in the fridge once more to solidify.

     

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    8: After cutting and shaping your cookie dough, use a knife to cut into the armpits as shown by the arrow.
    ☆When inserted into the glass it will deepen.

     

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    Once the cookie is cooked drawn the face on with a chocolate pen.
    (Of course, you can leave it as it is too♡)

     

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    Once that’s done, top your jelly with the cookie!

     

    Kaori also invites you into her world of character-themed food dishes in her recipe series! Please check out her Instagram where she has uploaded many pictures of her character dishes!

     

     

    ■Profile
    Kaori Kubota (@kaopan27)
    I live in Hokkaido and I love to make character-shaped meals, desserts and breads.
    I enjoy making character foods because I want to see my family smiling,
    My character foods and character bento boxes are introduced in my Instagram page→@kaopan27
  • Kaori’s easy recipe – How to Make Korilakkuma Scones

    25.March.2018 | FEATURES / FOOD

    With just a small bit of ingenuity, turn everyday food into something cute using Kaori’s recipe series! With a few simple ideas, an ordinary recipe magically transforms into a cute dish.

     

    With spring break on the horizon, let’s make some scones from hot cake mix! In this article, you’ll learn how to make “Korilakkuma Scones.”

     

    A lot of people have also asked to show the face-drawing process, so I’d like to include that this time too!

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    1: Ingredients

    200g hot cake mix

    2tbsp vegetable oil

    2tbsp milk

    2tbsp fresh cream

    ☆You can use milk as a substitute if you don’t have fresh cream.

    ☆If you add all of the milk and fresh cream and it seems difficult to mix, add a little more milk and fresh cream little by little.

     

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    2: Throw all of the ingredients into a mixing bowl and mix.

     

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    3: After mixing, it’s time to shape the face. At this point, after molding them into round balls, flatten the bottom part of the face.

     

    ☆”They look beautiful, they’re all equal and uniform!” People have complimented me for that. When I’m making the shape, I plan it out and endeavour to create one shape across the board. After getting the quantity right with the ingredients, I think it’s good to divide them all into individual pieces.

     

    Scones are bumpy on the surface, so they’re easy to mold♡

     

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    4: Next, attach the ears. For the ears, I used mix that I had separated for the face in step 3. Each ear uses 2g of mix, so take that and make them round.

     

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    5: Put them into a 180℃ pre-heated oven and lower the temperature to 130-140℃. Baked for 20-25 minutes.

     

    Once they have colour on them, dash on some almond oil partway through the cooking.

     

    They are fully baked in the photo above.

     

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    6: Now it’s time to decorate the face. First, use a pink chocolate pen to squeeze onto the ears, and white for the mouth.

     

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    7: Then draw on the eyes. Try to maintain a balance between the left and right eye – make them line up.

     

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    8: Once the mouth you drew in step 6 has set, use a black chocolate pen to draw on a nose and the mouth details.

     

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    All done♡

    I also tried decorating it with a cherry blossom flower that I made with nerikiri dough to give it a springtime feel♡

     

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    There’s plenty more character-themed dishes on the way from Kaori! In the mean time, please check out her Instagram page where she has uploaded many pictures of her character dishes.

     

    ■Profile

    Kaori Kubota(@kaopan27)

    I live in Hokkaido and enjoy making dinner, sweet treats and character food using bread♡

    I want to see my family smile, so I enjoy transforming food into characters and making cute meals♡

    You can see more of my character food and bentos on my Instagram page → @kaopan27

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  • 3 New Limited-Edition Botanical Drinks to Arrive This Summer at BOTANIST Tokyo

    27.May.2020 | FOOD

    BOTANIST Tokyo, the flagship shop of BOTANIST in Omotesando, has announced a new collection of limited-edition drinks will be served on the second floor BOTANIST Cafe from July 12, 2020. BOTANIST Tokyo is currently closed but it scheduled to reopen on June 1.

     

    There are three new refreshing drinks to choose from, all of which can be ordered for takeout. From apple mint to grapefruit, each beverage us the perfect accompaniment for cooling you down in Japan this summer.

     

    REFRESH MENU


    Refresh Soda: ¥600 (Tax Included)

    A combination of grapefruit jelly and fizzy soda water make this one of those drinks that you go “Ahh!” afterwards on a hot summer’s day. There’s also a hint of sweet green apple.

    Botanical Melon Soda: ¥800 (Tax Included)

    This is a smoothie which blends together two types of melon soda and adds melon jelly and a dollop of ice cream. It’s like a dessert in a cup!

    Banana & Avocado Refresh Smoothie: ¥720 (Tax Included)

    Enjoy the sweetness of banana and sugar beet together with the smoothness texture of the avocado in this smoothie which has apple and mint mixed into it for that refreshing summertime kick.

     

    The cafe’s regular menu has also been revised to add three new desserts.

     

    REGULAR MENU


    Vegan Waffles w/Drink: ¥800 (Tax Included)

    These vegan waffles are healthier for the body if you’re looking for some guilt-free indulgence. It’s topped with soy whipped cream, maple syrup, and fruits of your choice.

    Lemon Cheesecake w/Drink: ¥1,000 (Tax Included)

    A crunchy cookie base, a creamy cheese top, and a lemon to top it all off. The combination of the salty flavour with the sour hit is a match made in heaven.

    Homemade Rich Pudding: ¥500 (Tax Included)

    An in-house made purin, which is a type of Japanese custard pudding. It’s a delightful mix of rich egg and subtly sweet soy whipped cream.

     

    Customers who spend over ¥4,000 (tax included) on items in the Refresh Series will also be entered in for a chance to win a “Refresh Soda.” The soda is available while supplies last.

  • Tropical Flavoured Pikachu Puré Gummies Dropping This Summer

    27.May.2020 | ANIME&GAME / FOOD

    Japanese confectionery company Kanro has revealed its new limited-edition, tropical flavoured Pikachu gummies which it developed in collaboration with Pokémon for its Puré gummy range. They will be released in Japan on June 2, 2020.

    The sweet and chewy tropical gummies are made with pineapple juice which is the main flavour, mango juice, and banana juice. They also added a soda flavour for that Pikachu thunderbolt kick (and to balance the flavours!)

     

    They come in limited-edition Pikachu shapes

    A packet of these gummies includes the classic heart-shaped Puré gummy sweets as well as Pikachu-shaped ones. There are also four packet designs all featuring original and exclusive Pikachu illustrations.

    Additionally, for a limited time, the regular lemon, grape, and muscat grape Puré gummy packaging feature Pikachu’s paw prints on the front and back. There are even hidden Pikachu-shaped gummies inside these regular packets.

     

    Pikachu online promotion

    The product is being promoted over on the official Puré Twitter page. Pikachu is set to take over the page this June with promotional videos.

  • Famous Japanese Matcha Company Collaborates With Japan’s Convenience Stores

    26.May.2020 | FOOD

    With shops and businesses temporarily closed as a result of lockdown measures in Japan, Japanese convenience store chain FamilyMart decided that since people can’t as easily get their hands on authentic matcha right now, they would collaborate with the famous matcha company Kanbayashi Shunsho Honten to stock some authentic matcha treats on its shelves. They were released at FamilyMart branches across Japan on May 19, 2020.

     

    Umami Matcha Parfait

    The parfait begins with a soft sponge bottom and is then layered with milk mousse and matcha mousse before being topped with matcha jelly, red bean paste, and other tasty accompaniments.

     

    Umami Matcha Cheesecake Baumkuchen

    The matcha baumkuchen is made using authentic Uji matcha and is baked to look like a cheesecake. You get the full rich matcha kick with this one.

     

    Hidetoshi Kanbayashi (Kanbayashi Shunsho Honten) | Comment

    “We use a blend of first-grade Uji matcha and top it with jelly and matcha mousse. We have made it in such a way that you can enjoy the full flavour and aroma of the matcha itself. Please enjoy.”

  • Kaori’s Easy Recipe: Learn to Make Pompompurin Cheese Tarts

    17.May.2020 | FEATURES / FOOD

    With just a small bit of ingenuity, turn everyday food into something cute using Kaori’s Easy Recipe! With a few simple ideas, an ordinary recipe magically transforms into a cute dish.

     

    In today’s recipe, I’ll be showing you how I made a batch of Pompompurin cheese tarts made using store-bought tart cups.

     

    Ingredients (Makes 9-10)

    9-10 store bought tart cups
    200g cream cheese (brought to room temperature)
    20-30g sugar
    1 egg yolk
    50ml fresh cream
    8g potato starch (katakuriko)
    Vanilla beans to taste (can be substituted for vanilla extract)
    1 tbsp lemon juice

     

    Step 1


    Pour the following ingredients into a bowl in this order: cream cheese→sugar→egg yolk→vanilla beans→fresh cream→potato starch. Mix well. Make sure when you put the potato starch in last that you sprinkle it thinly.

     

    Step 2
    Bake the tart cups in an oven at 180℃ for 15-20 minutes. If you don’t have store-bought cups, you can use small cocotte dishes.

     

    Step 3

    Leave to cool. Now you can start drawing the face.

    For the hat I used sliced chocolate, for the ears sliced cheese, and for the facial features a chocolate pen.

    Once you’ve drawn the face, it’s time to tuck in!

     

    Kaori invites you into her world of character-themed food dishes in her recipe series. Be sure to check out her Instagram where she has uploaded many pictures of her character dishes!

     

    Kaori Kubota (@kaopan27

    I live in Hokkaido and I love to make character themed foods, desserts and pastries♡
    I want to see my family smile, so I enjoy putting in a bit of effort to make character foods and changing food into something cute♡
    You can see more of my character foods and character bento boxes on my Instagram page → @kaopan72

  • Tokyo’s New Cat Shaped Cheesecake Shop ‘Neko Neko Cheesecake’ Opening in May 2020

    15.May.2020 | FOOD

    ALL HEARTS COMPANY, a Japanese company that develops bakeries and patisseries across Japan, is launching an all-new cheesecake shop called Neko Neko Cheesecake which will open in Jiyugaoka, Tokyo on May 20, 2020. Serving cat-shaped cheesecakes, the shop will also take online orders.

     

    Neko Neko Cheesecake is a sister brand of Neko Neko Kuu Pan from the same company which serves cat-shaped bread. Online deliveries will make for the perfect opportunity to bring that cafe experience to your own home.

    Neko Neko Cheesecake – ¥1,800 (Before Tax) / Size: 11cm, 475g

    The cake is made from the luxurious French brie cheese Brie de Meaux which is mixed with a homemade apricot jam to create rich, deep flavour. This means the cheesecake not only looks cute, but is the real deal too.

     

    Their secret to bringing about amazing flavour and not just adorable looks can be broken down into four simple steps.

    ①They use the king of cheeses, Brie de Meaux.
    ②Although baked, the cheesecake is so soft it has a similar texture to a no-bake cheesecake.
    ③The sweet and sour homemade apricot jam elevates the overall flavour.
    ④The combination of mature cheese and the apricot jam changes the flavour to create a completely new kind of cheesecake.

    The cheesecakes are boxed in box that has a simple yet chic design with two cats sat side by side.

     

    The store will open on May 20, and online orders will launch on ALL HEARTS MALL on the same day.

  • Mister Donut Japan Launches Another New Matcha Doughnut Series

    13.May.2020 | FOOD

    Mister Donut Japan is set to release yet another new limited line of matcha doughnuts in collaboration with Gion Tsujiri and Toshi Yoroizuka at all branches in Japan from May 15, 2020.

     

    Last month, Mister Donut collaborated with Gion Tsujiri and Toshi Yoroizuka to release the “Matcha Itadaki Series.” This time around, they’re joining their sticky baking hands to bring the “Matcha Odoroki Series.” The triple team’s matcha creations are the fitting way to celebrate Mister Donut’s 50th anniversary as Gion Tsujiri brings the best Uji matcha from Kyoto and Uji-born pastry chef Toshihiko Yoroizuka brings his creative ideas.

     

    There are four treats in the line-up: the “Crisp Double Uji Matcha” and “Crisp Uji Match Chocolate” feature cookie and bagel dough bases, creating a crunchy and chewy mix, while the “Pon de Pie Uji Matcha” and “Pon de Pie Chocolate” feature Mister Donut’s classic chewy Pon de Rings combined with a crunchy pie texture.

    Crisp Double Uji Matcha – ¥230 (Before Tax)

    A chewy and crunchy base laced with Uji matcha and topped with Uji matcha whipped cream and chocolate.

    Crisp Uji Match Chocolate – ¥230 (Before Tax)

    A chewy and crunchy base laced with Uji matcha and topped with Uji matcha chocolate and chocolate chips.

    Pon de Pie Uji Matcha – ¥200 (Before Tax)

    Enjoy both a chewy base and crunchy pie mix at the same time, topped with Uji matcha whipped cream.

    Pon de Pie Chocolate – ¥200 (Before Tax)

    Enjoy both a chewy base and crunchy pie mix at the same time, decorated with chocolate whipped cream.

     

    The Matcha Odoroki Series sees the chefs’ ideas shine through to create desserts that not only taste amazing but look gorgeous too, as well as taking into the account texture.

  • Teeny Tiny Disney Cupcakes to be Baked Up by Ginza Cozy Corner in Japan

    10.May.2020 | FOOD

    Ginza Cozy Corner is introducing nine new Disney “sports festival” themed cupcakes to cake shops through Japan on May 11, 2020.

     

    Cute mini cupcakes with a sports theme

    Nine cupcakes make up the collection which feature motifs from popular Mickey Mouse & Friends characters including Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Daisy, and Goofy. One look at the picture below is enough to have you thinking what a waste these nearly seem to eat because of how adorable they are.

    Disney Sports Festival Cupcakes (Box of 9) – ¥2,500 / Available: May 11, 2020 – June 21, 2020

    The designs take inspiration from different sports like tennis, rugby, skateboarding, and more. All nine come in a box so it’s going to be difficult picking which one to start with!

    Disney sports design box

     

    Box Line-Up

    Top Row From Left
    Daisy Duck Rhythmic Gymnastics: Cheese Cream Roll Cake
    Mickey & Friends Basketball: Chocolate & Vanilla Cream Roll Cake
    Pluto Running: Chocolate Cream Cake

     

    Middle Row From Left
    Mickey & Friends Rugby: Sweet Adzuki Bean Paste Cream Matcha Cake
    Mickey & Friends Cheerleader: Strawberry Cream Tart
    Goofy Soccer: Orange & Chocolate Cream Tart

     

    Bottom Row From Left
    Minnie Mouse Tennis: Lemon Cream & Strawberry Cream Tart
    Donald Duck Swimming: White Peach & Lychee Cream Shortcake
    Mickey Mouse Skateboard: White Chocolate Cream & Raspberry Puree Tart

  • Kaori’s Easy Recipe: Learn to Make a Gudetama Parfait

    09.May.2020 | FEATURES / FOOD

    With just a small bit of ingenuity, turn everyday food into something cute using Kaori’s easy recipe! With a few simple ideas, an ordinary recipe magically transforms into a cute dish.

     

    Today, I’ll be showing you how to make a Gudetama parfait made with a yogurt mousse and topped with orange and peach jelly.

     

    Ingredients
    Yogurt Mousse Ingredients:
    100g sugar free yogurt
    50ml fresh cream
    20g sugar
    3g gelatin
    *With the gelatin, mix well with 1 tbsp water

     

    Mikan & Yellow Peach Jelly Ingredients:
    100ml mikan juice (or any orange juice)
    150g tinned peaches (with syrup)
    5g gelatin
    *With the gelatin, mix well with 1 tbsp water

     

    1


    ①Mix the sugar into the yogurt well. Add in 7/10 of the fresh cream and mix well again.

    ②Microwave the gelatin for 10-20 seconds at 500w. Add into the mixture from ① and mix well.

     

    2

    Once the mixture has set in about ⅓ of a glass, add sliced chocolate on the inside for the eyes and mouth. I cut mine into shape using a toothpick.


    Make sure the chocolate is properly fixed to the glass at this point.

     

    3


    Put your yellow peach and mikan orange into a blender (but not the gelatin part). The syrup of the peaches is already sweet so there’s no need to add sugar.

     

    ②Microwave the gelatin for 10-20 seconds at 500w. Add into the blended mixture and mix well.

     

    Pour on top of the mix inside the glass. If there are any peach pieces left, cut them up and use them as toppings.

    Top with fresh cream and chopped fruit, and you’re done! I stuck Gudetama’s face on well and good so it looks like his chocolate face is on the outside. Be sure to try doing the same.

     

    Kaori invites you into her world of character-themed food dishes in her recipe series. Be sure to check out her Instagram where she has uploaded many pictures of her character dishes!

     

    Kaori Kubota (@kaopan27

    I live in Hokkaido and I love to make character themed foods, desserts and pastries♡
    I want to see my family smile, so I enjoy putting in a bit of effort to make character foods and changing food into something cute♡
    You can see more of my character foods and character bento boxes on my Instagram page → @kaopan72

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