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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  • Kaori’s Easy Recipe: Totoro Black Sesame Seed Purin

    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.

     

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    1: Ingredients

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    Milk

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    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

  • Kaori’s Easy Recipe: Learn to Make Korilakkuma Coffee Jelly Parfait

    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♡

     

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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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  • Mini Pixar Cakes by Ginza Cozy Corner Includes Toy Story, The Incredibles, Finding Nemo, and More

    21.April.2021 | FOOD / MOVIE

    Japan’s confectionery shop Ginza Cozy Corner are releasing a new collection of petite Pixar cakes at all branches on April 23.

    The cakes comes in time for celebrating Children’s Day in Japan, as well as making a perfect snack for Golden Week and for kids and parents to enjoy together. Pixar fans have nine to enjoy in the collection such as the Little Green Men from Toy Story, Nemo and Dory from Finding Nemo and Finding Dory, Sully from Monster’s Inc., the Pixar Ball, and more.

     

    Pixar Collection (9 Included) | ¥2,700 (Tax Included)

    Flavours include the strawberry mousse Lightning McQueen, the Jack Jack raspberry jelly and mango cream, the Buzz Lightyear blueberry jam and cheese mousse, and more.

    Pixar Cake Assortment (6 Included) | ¥540 (Tax Included)

    The packaging also features cute artwork of everyone’s favourite Pixar characters. Choose between the whole nine cake box collection or this assortment of six white chocolate and strawberry cookies.

    Pixar Sweets Box (10 Included) | ¥918 (Tax Included)

    There’s also a 10-piece box of six cookies and four madeleines.

  • KitKat Japan Releases New Mini Maple Chocolate Bars For Earth Day

    21.April.2021 | FOOD

    In accordance with Earth Day, which is set for April 22, Nestlé released its limited-time KitKat Mini Maple on Monday to raise awareness of environmental issues and the future of the planet.

    KitKat Mini Maple (3 Included)

    KitKat Mini Maple (12 Included)

    9 packaging designs with different messages related to the environment

    ‘KitKat Always For Earth Day’ online talk event to take place on April 30

    In September 2019, Nestlé began packaging five of its major large-sized KitKat bags in paper bags rather than plastic, and since autumn 2020, most of their large sized bags are now made from paper. This has helped reduce 450 tonnes of plastic per year.

     

    Now, Nestlé is releasing a new collection of packages for Earth Day featuring original designs by up-an-coming young artist SUGI. Each features messages from members of MIMO, a group managed by Japanese model Mila Aina, stating messages about helping to protect the environment and the future of planet earth.

  • Alice in Wonderland Themed Afternoon Tea Buffet ‘Lost in Europe’ Heads to Nagoya

    16.April.2021 | FOOD / SPOT

    This spring, Hilton Nagoya is set to serve up a special afternoon tea set and buffet plan at its first floor all-dining restaurant IN PLACE 3-3. The theme of the afternoon tea line-up, which will be served either as a set-only plan or the set plus a buffet, is ‘Lost in Europe.’ Fans of Lewis Carroll’s beloved novel Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland can look forward to jumping in the rabbit hole as they indulge in a colourful and delicious line-up that sends them straight to wonderland.

     

    The plans will run for three months during which three different menu line-ups will be served, each with a European feel to them as Alice finds her curiosity tending away from Japanese cuisine to the delectable assortments of overseas.

     

    Spain will serve as the first menu. Travelling to Spain, Alice finds the country one overflowing with creativity in the arts, so says the story of this fun afternoon tea. Dishes will be plated with desserts fusing together Spain’s food culture with that of Wonderland, traditional Spanish desserts, sweet treats inspired by Spanish art, and more. Many of the irresistible items will also be made with almonds – Spain being the second largest producer of almonds in the world.

     

    Inside the restaurant, diners will feel like they have travelled to a Spanish rendition of Wonderland with a mix of styles from both locations, such as Spanish sunflowers, mosaic tiles, stained glass windows, and more.

     

    A little look at the menu (some of it)

     

    1. Afternoon Tea Set Menu: ¥4,600 (Tax Included)

    Cubism Cheshire Cat Arroz Con Leche

    A coconut-flavoured Spanish rice pudding made with coconut lavender jelly. Its design, from the stripes to the grinning teeth, are references to the Cheshire Cat.

     

    Blue Caterpillar Siesta Cake

    A cake covered in striking blue chocolate, made with pistachio mousse, and filled with a mixed berry jelly.

     

    Butterfly Windmills Mousse

    An artistic delight made with smooth chestnut mousse and colourful butterfly wings attached.

     

    Plate Menu

    Pistachio Crema Catalana in Berry Sauce

    A traditional dessert of Catalonia, this crema catalana features a rich pistachio-flavoured custard cream and is served with a berry sauce.

     

    Savoury Items

    Salted churros that are crunchy on the outside and fluffy in the inside, and a checked bocadillo filled with Spanish omelette.

     

    Lost in Europe Afternoon Tea Set Summary

    10 desserts, two savoury items, and a choice of a soft drink, coffee, or tea.

     

     

     

    2. Afternoon Tea Set & Dessert Buffet: Adults ¥5,000 / Children ¥2,500

    Mischievous Crazy Clock Cake 

    A warped, melted clock made with passion fruit cream and orange and mango mousse.

     

    Mosaic Tile Sangria Jelly (Non-Alcoholic)

    A refreshing beverage made with non-alcoholic white wine and grape, strawberry, and grapefruit jelly, all made to look like mosaic tiles.

     

    Savoury Items

    Pick from nine different savoury items like paella, sopa de ajo garlic soup, patatas bravas, tapas, and more.

     

    There are also a range of other desserts like a coffee jelly ice cream, a melon cake, and more, as well as fruity iced candies.

     

    Afternoon Takeout Box

    Customers can also get their afternoon tea set to go with a mix of desserts and savouries.

  • Neko Neko Cheesecake Releases New Cat-Shaped Mikan Orange Flavoured Cake

    15.April.2021 | FOOD

    Neko Neko Cheesecake is set to open pre-sales for its new Nyan Cheese Mikan cheesecake at Pastel branches of Neko Neko Cheesecake on April 22 before rolling it out at all Neko Neko Cheesecake branches.

     

    Neko Neko Cheesecake is a sister brand of Neko Neko Kuu Pan from the same company which serves cat-shaped bread.

    Nyan Cheese Mikan | Single Slice: ¥237 (Tax Included)

    Nyan Cheese Mikan | Box of 4: ¥1,080 (Tax Included)

    The cheesecake is made with Brie de Meaux, aka the king of cheeses, and cooked at a high temperature to add a gorgeous browned surface. They contain rich juice from mandarin oranges to give them a refreshing kick perfect for the spring season. A perfect snack or post-dinner dessert.

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