Apart from Grape Mochi the sweet I have created for my September Japanese sweet. I used a perennial flower called Japanese Anemone as the inspiration for this time. Japanese Anemone get lots of flowers around this time of a year which has either pink or white petals with a greenish yellow round centre. When the flower’s gone this round part stays and it looks like small a pom-pom on a stick sticking out from the plant.
I chose Japanese Anemone as the design for this month’s sweet not just because it is a very seasonal flower in gardens right at the moment but also it has the word ‘Japanese’ in its name. What else is more suitable for this occasion than that.
I made this Japanese Anemone with traditional Japanese sweet ‘Nerikiri’.
Nerikiri is made of White Bean, Sugar and a little bit of Rice Flour. It has such a simple three ingredients but it gets a marzipan like texture and can be made into any complicated shapes.
The centre of the sweet is soft and smooth ‘Koshi-an’ sweet Aduki (Azuki) bean paste.
It is free from Gluten, Egg, Dairy & Oil.
This sweet is served at Wasoukan Café (Notting Hill, London) until the end of this month.