Kaori’s Easy Recipe: Learn to Make Pikachu Pumpkin Purin

16.September.2018 | 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 this recipe you’ll learn how to to easily make a Pikachu Pumpkin Purin using a blender!

 

1: Ingredients


Weck glass
200g pumpkin (Skin removed, mashed soft)
125ml milk
125ml fresh cream (Substitute with milk if you don’t have fresh cream)
30g-40g sugar (Adjust according to the sweetness of the pumpkin)
5g-7g gelatin (Soak in advance)

 

2:
Blend the pumpkin, sugar, milk and fresh cream together. Add the soaked gelatin and blend again.
☆After soaking the gelatin, heat gently in the microwave and melt completely.

3: 
①Draw a face on the glass with melted chocolate.
②Make ears, eyes and cheeks with coloured modelling chocolate. Make the ears by adding melted chocolate to the tips.
③Paste the parts in step ② on the inside of the glass. Affix well making sure not to let air in. Once attached, cool in the refrigerator until the parts have fully solidified.
④Once the parts in step ③ have cooled, pour in your pumpkin purin liquid from earlier.

Place into the refrigerator. Once it has set, add fresh cream and the ears and you’re done!

 

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!

 

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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♡

 

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    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.

    In this “character recipe” you will learn how to make a Winnie-the-Pooh Baked Cheese Cake using a food processor. This menu item is very easy to make and is so delicious!

     

    1:Ingredients

    20cm diameter circular pie pan

     

    ☆Pie shell

    Crackers (RITZ) 80g

    Melted butter (unsalted) 40g

     

    ☆Cheese cake filling

    Cream cheese 250g

    Granulated sugar 100g

    Salt – moderate amount

    Sour cream 180g

    Vanilla beans – one pod

    One egg

    One Egg yolk

    Lemon juice – one tablespoon

    Cake flour – one tablespoon

     

    2:Put the crackers into a food processor and grind them up. Then, put butter into the processor and mix the ingredients together.

     

    3:Cover a potato masher with a food wrap and put the ingredients in step 2 inside the pie pan. Press until the shell is firm.

    ☆It is recommended to use a “drop out bottom” pie pan but you can use a disposable paper pie pan if you don’t have one.

     

    4:

    ①Mix cream cheese

    ②Mix granulated sugar and salt into ① after it gets creamy

    ③Pour in the sour cream and mix it in with the ingredients.

    ④Add the vanilla beans and mix it together with the ingredients.

    ⑤Add the egg and egg yolk and mix them together with the ingredients.

    ⑥Add the lemon juice and cake flour and mix them together with the ingredients.

    Pour in the cream cheese mixture into the pie pan mentioned in step 3.

    Bake in a preheated oven (160℃) for 50 minutes to an hour. Cool the cheese cake and remove the paper at the bottom carefully.

    ☆Make adjustments in the baking time depending on the oven that you are using.

    ☆This time, I didn’t want the cheese cake to look brown so I placed some aluminum foil on the top of the cake after baking for 20 minutes.

     

    5:Cool the cheese cake in the refrigerator and decorate it.

    ☆I used a store-bought cheese cake to make the ears and hands of Winnie-the-Pooh.

    Decorate the cake with your favorite fruit! The cake is delicious even without decorations, of course!

     

    6:Use a circle cutout as shown in the photo below to make the ears and hands. I bought the cutouts at Seria (a 100-yen shop).

     

    Draw the face using a chocolate pen and….voila, your Winnie-the-Pooh Baked Cheese Cake is now complete!

     

    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!

     

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    05.August.2018 | ANIME&GAME / 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.

     

    In this character recipe you’ll learn how to make a Totoro black sesame seed purin.

     

    1: Ingredients

    Black Sesame Purin Mix (purchased from Daiso)

    Milk

    Pura Chocolate (Swiss chocolate also fine)

    Transparent Jar (Weck jar used)

    ☆For Decorating:

    Almonds

    Fresh Cream

    Fruits of your choice

     

    2: Cook the black sesame seed purin according to the box instructions and leave to cool.

     

    3: Cut the chocolate into eyes, a nose and stomach and decorate the features with a chocolate pen. Make a leaf with a green pura chocolate.

    ☆Cool each part in the refrigerator to fully harden.

     

     

    4: One the chocolate in step 3 has solidified, place it on the inner side of the jar as shown in the photo.

    Add whiskers with the chocolate pen.

     

    ☆Once everything is in position, leave it to cool in the refrigerator once more.

     

     

    5: After cooling again, pour in your black sesame seed purin mix from step 2.

    ☆If you do not leave the chocolate to completely harden it will fall off.

    ☆Place in the fridge once more to harden and you’re done!

    Finish off by decorating with fresh cream, add almonds for ears and top with a cherry.

     

    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!

     

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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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    22.July.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.

     

    In this recipe you’ll learn how to make a super easy Korilakkuma Coffee Jelly Parfait with Dororich, a coffee jelly that can be bought in Japan.

     

    1: Ingredients

    Coffee Jelly (*the coffee jelly used in this recipe was bought at Daiso)

    Chocolate Pens

    Milk

    Ice Cream

    2: First we will make Korilakkuma’s facial features with the chocolate pens. Draw your favourite illustration of Korilakkuma onto parchment paper. Be sure to draw the base of the ears sharp so they can stick into the ice cream later on.

     

    Fill in the lines of the ears and mouth with a white chocolate pen. Once they’ve fully solidified, draw on the eyes and details of the mouth in black and use pink to finish the ears. Place into the freezer to fully harden.

     

    ☆If the features aren’t fully solidified they will melt and break when you put them onto the ice cream.

    ☆The coffee jelly used in this recipe was prepared according to the instructions on the box.

    ☆The coffee jelly sold at Daiso can be made by simply dissolving in water.

    3:

    ①Use a hot ice cream scoop to scoop out a ball of ice cream. Using a heated scoop ensures a rounder shape. It only melts the ice cream a tiny bit so it’s fine to add the facial features. It’s harder if you try adding them to hard ice cream as they will break apart easily.

     

    ②Place your solidified coffee jelly into a glass and add extra ice cream for add layers.

    4: Finally, top with your Korilakkuma you made in step 3.

    If you a little bit of milk and mix you’ll get a delicious combination of ice cream and coffee jelly♡

     

    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!

     

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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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    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.

     

    In this recipe you’ll learn how to make a cute Pompompurin Parfait

    It’s something you can make at home and is topped with a Pompompurin made out of sweet potato.

    1. Ingredients

    Store bought roll cake

    Fruits of your choice (fresh or canned)

    Fresh cream

    Sweet potato powder

    Milk

    Butter

    2. First things first, sorting out the sweet potato.

    ①Dissolve the sweet potato powder into the milk, add the butter ans mix

    ②Form Pompompurin’s face.

    ③The size will depend on the size of the parfait glass you are using.

    ④Mix in part cocoa to make the hat, and roll hands into little balls.

    ⑤Add a little bit of water to some egg yolk then brush onto the surface. Making sure not to brown your mix, cook at 140-150℃ for around 10 minutes.

    ⑥Leave to fully cool down then drawn on the face with a chocolate pen or melted cocoa.

    3. Cut fruits of your choice into bite-size chunks. Add a touch of kawaii by cutting banana or kiwi into flower shapes.

    4. Arrange the fruits neatly around the side of the glass and add alternating layers of any leftover fruit, roll cake and fresh cream.

    5. Cap everything off with a slice of roll cake so that the sweet potato Pompompurin sits nicely on top.

    Place him on top and you’re all done♡

    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

     

  • Kaori’s Easy Recipe – Learn how to make “Hello Kitty mille-feuille”

    17.June.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.

    This time you’ll learn to make “Hello Kitty mille-feuille” using bar chocolate.

     

    1: Ingredients

    1 frozen pie sheet

    some fresh cream

    strawberries

    chocolate bar

     

    2:

    ①Take out a frozen pie sheet from the freezer and after thawing for about 3 minutes, cut into 3 parts.

    ②Bake ①in the over at 180℃ for 15~20 minutes.

    ③After ② has cooled, divide the baked pie sheet into 2 using a knife.

    ④Place fresh cream and strawberries on ③. (as much as you like)

     

    3:Shape the chocolate bar

    Flatten out the white chocolate and using the Hello Kitty cookie cutter cut out a Hello Kitty face. Cut out the ears, nose and eyes after you have colored the white chocolate.

     

    4:After it is finished, cool it for a while in the fridge. (By cooling it the chocolate will become hard and this makes it easier to decorate.)

     

    5:Place the Hello Kitty on top of the mille-feuille. Viola! Your “Hello Kitty mille-feuille” is now complete.

    It’s easy to use chocolate-bar chocolate to form various shapes so it is very suitable to make “character-sweets.” A simple mille-feuille can be transformed into a cute and fancy sweets item just by decorating it with a Hello Kitty.

     

    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.

     

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    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

     

  • Kaori’s Easy Recipe ― Learn How to Make a ‘Korilakkuma Apple Cake’

    02.June.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.

     

    This time you’ll learn a simple recipe to make a gorgeous Korilakkuma apple cake that even novice cooks can follow!

     

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    1: Ingredients

    15cm cake tin (you can also use a loaf tin or smaller tin to cook individual ones)

    100g weak flour

    5g baking powder

    60g unsalted butter

    80g sugar

    2 eggs (small or medium)

    1 apple

    10 walnuts

    Cinnamon sugar (to taste)

     

     

    Preparation

    ・Thinly slice the apples and squeeze over lemon juice. Cut 2-3 to the slices into a Korilakkuma shape.

    ・Roughly chop up the walnuts.

    ・If you don’t have cinnamon sugar, mix together one tsp of cinnamon with 1/4 cup of sugar.

    ・Combine the weak flour and baking powder and sieve.

    Melt the butter over a bain-marie.

     

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    2: Separate the egg yolks and whites. Thoroughly whisk the egg whites. Combine with the egg yolks, add the flour and mix.

     

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    3: Stir the mix in step 2 well. Add the melted butter in the places where it looks like there’s some flour left and mix.

    Add the mix to your cake tin and add your sliced apples that you prepared (but not the Rilakkuma shaped pieces).

     

     

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    4: Place the walnuts all over the mix.

     

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    5: Sprinkle over cinnamon sugar.

    Cook in a preheated oven at 170℃ for 20-25 minutes, then add the Korilakkuma apple slices and cook for a further 5-10 minutes.

     

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    6: If you cut a good shape of Korilakkuma out with your apple then leave it as it is. If the shape didn’t turn out well, cut out a white chocolate Korilakkuma and place it over the apple.

     

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    7: Draw the facial features with a chocolate pen.

    Once the apple cake is done, decorate all of your Rilakkuma, and you’re done.

     

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    The moist cake goes together perfectly with the apple, walnuts and cinnamon sugar! It’s delicious eaten fresh, but its level of moistness increases if you eat it the next day.

     

    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 on my Instagram page→@kaopan27

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    Bûche Chocolat Vanille – ¥5,500 (Tax Included) @ Tokyo Station Hotel (*10 servings per day)

    The Bûche Chocolat Vanille is an exquisite yule log made with melt-in-the-mouth chocolate mousse and vanilla cream inside which hides sweet and sour, kirsch-soaked cherries and sauteed pears. The top of the log is temptingly lined with even more cherries to give it both that rich look and even richer taste.

     

    Tokyo Station Marunouchi Building Cake Designs

    GRANSTA will also sell cakes inspired by Tokyo Station. As well as the ones shown here, there are ones based on the bullet trains and more.

     

    Station Building Fruit Cake – ¥4,320 (Tax Included) @ Colombin (*only 100 available)

    Exclusive to GRANSTA comes this special Christmas fruit cake based on the station building. It would make great gift to bring to the Christmas party.

    Cupola de Tokyo – ¥3,780 (Tax Included) @ Caffarel (*only 50 available / *design still a WIP so may differ from the photo)

    This colourful Christmas cake draws inspiration from the gorgeous interior designs of the north and south domes of the Tokyo Station Marunouchi Building.

     

    Suica Penguin Cakes

    The adorable Suica Penguin is the mascot of Suica contactless smart cards used at train stations.

    Suica Penguin Cake – ¥5,400 (Tax Included) @ Dalloyau (*only 100 available)

    The main Suica Penguin cake is a combination of chocolate mousse and a cream made from tonka beans. This cute cake is sure to bring joy to any child this Christmas♡

    Suica Penguin Chocolate Raspberry – ¥490 (Tax Included) @ Fairycake Fair (*30 servings per day)

    Fairycake Fair has whipped up a chocolate cream-topped cupcake filled with raspberry jam. This one is for those who want something a bit smaller than a ginormous cake!

    There are lots more cakes to look forward to, including ones in very limited quantities. If you’re in Japan this Christmas season, be sure to pay a visit to GRANSTA and GRANSTA MARUNOUCHI in Tokyo Station.

     

    ©Chiharu Sakazaki / JR East / DENTSU Suica by JR East Suica

  • White Miso Cheese & Fig Shaved Ice Serving This September at Hachiya in Tokyo

    30.August.2019 | FOOD

    Since July, the tea stand cafe Hachiya has been releasing one brand-new shaved ice flavour every month. The final flavour arriving on September 2 is the autumn-vibe white miso cheese and fig shaved ice which will be sold exclusively at the Sendagaya branch until September 30.

    White Miso Cheese & Fig Shaved Ice – ¥1,000 (Tax Included)

    The shaved ice is an original homemade blend of full-bodied white miso cheese syrup and fig syrup. The milk white and light pink contrast make this one beautiful and delicious-looking dessert.

     

    Hidden inside the shaved ice is sweet white bean paste dressed with cashew nuts. It’s also topped with extra cashew nuts as well as dried strawberries. The dessert has a soft chewy texture and is packed with flavour which fills your mouth as it melts on your tongue.

     

    September marks the end of the summer and the call of autumn. Japan is known for its celebration of the seasons, so why not join in with this delicious autumnal delight? And if you’re no good with cheesy desserts, you can order the shaved ice with just fig syrup too.

     

    This is a limited-time item which will discontinue once all of the syrup runs out. Don’t miss out!

  • Halloween Treats, Wagashi, Drinkable Potato Desserts & More at GINZA SIX This Autumn

    30.August.2019 | FOOD

    This autumn, Ginza’s biggest shopping complex GINZA SIX is serving up a sumptuous selection of seasonal sweets and desserts. Their main components this year are apples and potatoes. Expect to enjoy potato in an entirely new way, and get ready for the spooky season with a line-up of Halloween treats that everyone can enjoy.

     

    Let’s take a look at just some of the gourmet delights arriving for the autumn season, some of which are already on sale.

     

    Potato Desserts

    Drinkable Potatoes (Purple Sweet Potato/Ripe Potato/Potato Leaf) – ¥600 Each @ Minamikaze Noukasha Dessert House (Available: October 1 – October 31)

    We’re at a point in time now where not only can we eat potatoes―we can drink them too! These potato dessert drinks come in three flavours: fruity Purple Sweet Potato, rich Ripe Potato, and Potato Leaf. The potatoes used to make all of the drinks were farmed from Minamikaze Noukasha’s 160 potato farms.

    Set of 5 Native Potato Pies (Oiran Potato/Genji Potato/White Potato/Hayato Potato/Tanegashima Purple Sweet Potato) – ¥2,500 @ Minamikaze Noukasha Dessert House (Available: October 1 until all sold)

    Methods to make potato cultivation even easier were introduced almost 400 years ago in Japan. Cultivating original varieties of potatoes is difficult―it’s mostly not done today. These pies are proudly made with those rare native potato varieties.

    Potato Parfait – ¥2,000 @ JOTARO SAITO (Quantity: Only 10 served per day)

    This gorgeous parfait is made with a purple sweet potato and sweet potato cream and is layered with agar-agar, rice flour dumplings, and ice cream. Inspired by the form of an affogato, it’s topped with potato ice cream drizzled in a warm rice sauce.

     

    Halloween Goodies For Grown-Ups

    Halloween Party Pumpkin Purin – ¥4,800 @ Marlowe (Available: October 1 – October 31) *Must order within 3 days

    This party-sized Halloween-exclusive rich pumpkin custard pudding contains cinnamon and nutmeg. It’s even topped up with a jack-o-lantern face.

    Glowing Lollipop Candy – ¥833-¥1,111 @ Candy Art Museum by PAPABUBBLE (Available: September 21 – October 31)

    These lollipops come on sticks with LED lights that make the candy glow a ghoulish light, making them a great Halloween treat.

    Halloween Afternoon Tea Set – ¥4,200 @ THE GRAND GINZA (Available September 1 – October 31)

    Feast on an exquisite Halloween afternoon tea set made up of an exquisite selection of drinks and desserts.

     

    Apple Desserts

    Apple Gummy – ¥2,777 / Apple Gummy Candy – ¥1,666 @ Candy Art Museum by PAPABUBBLE (Available: August 27 – November 4)

    The apple gummy is about the size of a Jonathan apple. If you’re wondering what flavour it is, you’ll have to wait until you bite into it to find out! The apple gummy candy set takes on flavours of different apple varieties.

    Pom Caramel – ¥800 Each @ PHILIPPE CONTICINI (Available: August 27 – November 4)

    These cute and round vanilla flavoured apple mousses are filled with an apple compote, which has a hint of star anise, and cream caramel. They’re packed full of apple-y goodness and maintain PHILIPPE CONTICINI’s refined flavours.

     

    This Year’s Must-Try Autumn Treats

    Bessei Maruto Parfait “Shubo” – ¥2,300 @ Nakamura Tokichi Honten (Available: October 1 – November 30)

    Exclusive to the Ginza branch of Nakamura Tokichi is this specially made parfait, layered with autumn-time ingredients including Japanese chestnut matcha cream, fig, chestnut sherbet, and bean paste. You can really taste the rich matcha notes in this beautiful dessert.

    Kyoto Koicha Terrine Inori no Kajitsu – ¥2,000 @ Tsujiru (Available from September 1)

    A great little gift is this terrine chocolat, made with chestnut, black soybeans, fig, and cranberries.

     

     

    Did you enjoy this list? All of these items are autumn-exclusives and some are very limited in stock. Be sure to enjoy all the flavours of autumn this year in Japan.

     

    *All listed prices include tax

  • 4 Must-Try Kawaii Bubble Teas & Desserts in Kyoto

    25.August.2019 | FEATURES / FOOD

    Japan is a haven for bubble tea and tapioca-based beverages. Here on MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON we have covered many shops selling these tasty drinks in Harajuku―the town which started the tapioca boom in Japan―but today we will be heading to the ancient city of Kyoto.

     

    We are joined by Kyoto café life tiara who posts photos of the best drinks and desserts they have tried around the Kansai region of Japan. They have provided us with photos of two must-try bubble teas and two must-try desserts in Kyoto.

     

    ROCCA & FRIENDS PAPIER KYOTO in Shijo

    ROCCA & FRIENDS PAPIER KYOTO is just a 5-minute walk from Shijo Station. The cafe is made from a traditional townhouse along an old-fashioned Kyoto-esque street.

     

    It takes a little while for your drink to arrive placing your order, but that’s because each beverage is carefully handmade from fresh. I ordered the mango smoothie soda and the strawberry smooth soda. Both are fruity and super refreshing and full of chewy tapioca pearls.

     

    ROCCA & FRIENDS PAPIER KYOTO

    Address: 735-2 Shinkamanzacho, Shimogyo Ward, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture

    Opening Hours: 10:00-18:00

    Closed: Mondays

    Official Instagram Page: https://www.instagram.com/rocca.papier/

     

    &Hana in Shijo

    &Hana is located at the back of Kyoto Daimaru. The cheese rose tapioca milk tea I bought is a cute pink colour. It’s a mix of rose which is good for skin and relaxation, sweet brown sugar tapioca, and sour cheese.

    Draped at the back of the cafe are bunches of dried flowers which provide an Instagrammable background for your drinks.

     

    ▼&hana

    Address: 619 Nishiuoyacho, Shimogyo Ward, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture

    Opening Hours: Weekdays 11:00-22:00 / Weekends & Holidays 10:00-22:0

    No Fixed Holidays

    Official Instagram Page: https://www.instagram.com/and_hana_/

     

     

    KISSHOKARYO KYOTO in Gion

    This honey and tea parfait is special because they only serve 20 of them a day. Tapioca pearls go well not just in drinks but in desserts like this one too♡

     

    The fluffy shaved ice is a perfect match with the homemade Earl Grey tea syrup. The rest of the parfait is made up of milk tea flavoured jelly, tapioca pearls, tea ganache, and other delightful surprises.

    I enjoyed mine with lots of syrup and roasted soybean flour!

     

    ▼KISSHOKARYO KYOTO Gion Honten

    Address: 306 Ishibashicho, Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto

    Opening Hours: 10:00-19:00 (Last Orders 18:30)

    No Fixed Holidays

    Official Website: https://kisshokaryo.jp/

     

    MASHOLA in Kawaramachi

    MASHOLA is a South Korean-style cafe which of course sells tapioca pearl drinks, but also this delicious capo egg brulee tart as well. As soon as you put the order in their fire up the tarts fresh along with hot tapioca pearls for a heavenly melt-in-the-mouth experience.

    They also sell bottled strawberry milk packed full of fresh strawberries, and for an extra ¥80 you can top if off with tapioca.

     

    ▼MASHOLA

    Address: 406 Sakuranocho, Nakagyo Ward, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture

    Opening Hours: 11:00-20:00

    No Fixed Holidays

    Official Website:  https://mashola.business.site/

     

    Did you enjoy this list? Kyoto café life tiara has lots of other tempting recommendations of drinks and desserts on their Instagram page too, so if you’re looking for something to try while in the Kansai region of Japan be sure to give them a follow.

     

    Text & Photos: @happy_pinkrose_tiara

    Translation: Joshua Kitosi-Isanga

  • Kaori’s Easy Recipe: Learn to Make Mickey Mouse Ice Box Cookies

    25.August.2019 | 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.

    For this edition of Kaori’s Easy Recipe, I used a recipe from the Disney dessert cookbook Oishii Disney Sweets Recipes to make cute Mickey Mouse-shaped ice box cookies. Ice box cookies are made by forming the dough into a cylindrical shape, leaving it to set in the fridge, and cutting into slices. This means you can make cookies even if you don’t have a specific cookie cutter, for example one in the shape of Mickey. You can create lots of different kinds of cookies using this method. They’re light, crunchy and best of all, delicious.

     

    1. Ingredients (Makes: Approx. 30)

    100g unsalted butter

    80g powdered sugar

    180g sieved weak flour

    20g egg yolk (1 medium size egg)

    A pinch of salt

    10g pure cocoa

     

    2. Bring the unsalted butter to room temperature until it’s soft. Break into small pieces until it turns creamy then add the powdered sugar and salt. Mix well until everything is blended together.

    3. Add the egg yolk into the mixture and mix well with a whisk.

    4. Slowly add the sieved flour. Add about a quarter at a time and mix well before adding the rest to avoid clumps. After all the flour is mixed in, divide in half and mix one of the halves with cocoa powder.

    5. Shape both halves into a rectangular shape at 12cm x 6cm. Wrap in cling film and refrigerate for 30 minutes.

    6. Divide each half like in the picture below.

    7. Put ⅞ of the plain dough to one side, and roll the rest of the plain dough and all of the cocoa dough into 15cm rods.

    8. Roll the ⅞ of plain dough you put to one side into a 17cm x 15cm square. Referencing the pictures above and below, place plain “C” dough in the middle between the cocoa “B” dough. Ensure there are no gaps when pushing them together.

    9. Place the cocoa “A” dough on top of the “C” dough. Take both sides of your rolled out square dough and bring together ensuring there are no gaps. Wrap in cling film and leave in the fridge for 20 minutes.

    10. Take out of the fridge and cut about 5mm off the ends. Make sure to handle with care – if handled too roughly the dough will collapse.

    11. Slice into single cookies and bake at 160℃ for 20-25 minutes.

    Your cookies are done!

    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!

    There are many other cute Disney recipes available in the book that Kaori used too, so if you’re in Japan then why not pick up a copy?

     

    ©️Disney

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    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→@kaopan27

  • Colourful New Agar & Mango Jelly Drink Released at Kyo Yakasa Pudding in Kyoto

    24.August.2019 | FOOD

    Kyo Yakasa Pudding opened its doors to the world back in April, and since then they have whipped up many different kinds of Japanese custard pudding, known as purin. Earlier this month they released their all new “Yasaka Cider,” a jelly-like drink which became a hit on Japanese Instagram (search with #京八坂プリン).

    The shop’s most popular product since launching is the Kyo Yasaka Pudding―named just like the shop. It has a honey and lemon flavoured jelly which is full of agar and mango jelly balls, giving it a cute appearance and very refreshing flavour and completely new kind of texture.

    Now, the shop has released its new Yasaka Cider. The word “Cider” in Japanese doesn’t actually refer to the alcoholic drink, but instead is usually a carbonated mixture of lemon and/or lime.

     

    Available this summer only, the Yasaka Cider is the perfect accompaniment for cooling yourself down while strolling the streets of Kyoto, filled with Kyo Yasaka Pudding jelly, agar balls, mango jelly balls, and an in-house made lemon slice and honey mix. The beverage is made fresh to order and comes in a cute bag which you can carry around easily with you.

    There are lots of great photo opportunities for Instagram in the store too! If you’re in or travelling to Kyoto this summer then be sure to stop.

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