My Japanese Cooking Adventures and Other Stories

My Newest Creation! Sorta… And I Got Featured!!

Posted in Desserts by erinachan on October 24, 2008

So first of all, so exciting!  this awesome seller on etsy offered to feature Teahouse Confections on her blog so everyone should go check it out since it looks like a cool blog anyway! http://monasmane.blogspot.com/ 

Also at my shop I already sell a basic Kasutera which is a Japanese sponge cake but now I figured it was time to try some other flavors so this time I took a stab and chocolate kasutera with cocoa powder. It turned out sooo good! Like dangerously good, like Im going to have give it away to get it out of the house good! In all actuality kasutera is a huge pain to make just because you literally have to spend a half an hour using a hand mixer just to get the right consistency but its all worth it once its done. it ends up so light and fluffy but its differen than angel food cake, it really is totally unique. Behold my latest success!! =D

I fixed it, I fixed it!!! Woot!

Posted in Desserts, Snacks by erinachan on October 20, 2008

So my failed strawberry biscuit recipe went from the failed experiment category to the success category! yay! It only took 4 tries to get it there. This last time I swore if it didn’t work I would give up on it but this time they had a mild strawberry flavor and after I cooled them, they were awesome! ugh Im so happy it worked, I spent so much money experimenting on this one…

The Agony and The Ecstasy… Failed Experiment # 2 Plus a Success!!!

Posted in Desserts, Snacks by erinachan on October 19, 2008

So yesterday I was attempting a new recipe and I really wanted to make black sesame cookies for my store. The first one I tried was a total disaster! I tried making a super slightly sweet cookies with very little sugar and no binder except for olive oil. Well it sort worked I was hoping once they were baked and cooled, they would bind together but alas I waited till they were completely cooled but they still completely fell apart no matter what I did =( The taste really wasn’t too bad
 though, maybe too much salt perhaps but not bad! So I had to scrap the first idea and went with a more traditional type of cookie! I went for more of a shortbread type cookie but still with minimal sugar and grinded up some of the black sesame seeds to give a little more of the taste as well as keeping whole ones. This 2nd recipe came out awesome! They were rich and buttery and best of all they stayed together even in the half sphere shape! I was afriad I was just going to have to post another failed experiment but at least it was a total disaster. Yay!