Day by day Autumn is setting in here in London. First thing which comes to my mind by thinking about Autumn is colour change in Leaves. It would defines as Autumn Colours so it should be the most significant part of this season. In Japan we have four completely different seasons. Warm & beautiful Spring with lots of Cherry blossom, very hot & humid Summer, very cold Winter with deep snow in some area and then … this Autumn. Our Autumn is very between summer and winter, but it is not just that. During the transition period between two totally different seasons a significant temperature change causes the beautiful Autumn Colour in leaves. The Nature is Science. It is amazing!
Japan is a very mountainous country and the sight of mountains in Autumn colour is so magnificent. It does not get defeated by the sight of marvellous view of Sakura, Cherry blossom in spring. We even have a word ‘Momiji-gari‘. ‘Momiji‘ is a Japanese word for Japanese Maple and ‘Gari/Kari‘ means Hunting. Well, we do not hunt/harvest Maple leaves literally but it means that we go out to the countryside to enjoy the amazing view of mountains which are covered in various colours in yellow to red.
The most famous plant with the leaves in Autumn colour is ‘Momiji‘, Japanese Maple (Acer palmatum). I thought it represents beautiful Autumn the most so I made my version of it as a sweet.
Japanese Maple, Momiji
Yes, we call the plant ‘Momiji‘ not ‘Emoji‘. Please don’t be confused. 😀
I made this Japanese Maple with Japanese sweet ‘Nerikiri‘.
I have to say it was quite difficult to create a realistic shape of the leaves because it normally has many deep cuts. I hope you can recognize my version of this sweet as a Japanese Maple leaf.
The centre of this sweet is Sweet Azuki ‘Koshi-An‘ paste. Although we don’t get any syrup from our Momiji tree. As a reminder of ‘Maple’ tree I wanted to add something similar to Maple Syrup. I thought of several possible things to add and decided to add some Honeycomb into Koshi-An centre.
Honeycomb gets melted in Koshi-An so you cannot see it in this photo, but you can certainly taste a slightly syrupy falvour.
It is free from Glute, Egg and Dairy.
You can enjoy this sweet in Autumn theme at Wasoukan Cafe (Notting Hill, London) until the end of this month. Enjoy Autumn! 🙂