What is the most significant thing /character for Halloween? When you go shopping to a grocery shop or even your usual supermarket, you see many pumpkins piled up in a box. They are for carving into lanterns. I always think it is such a waste if they are just used as lanterns and not to be eaten. Once I was given a big orange pumpkin and I tried cook it instead of carving a scary face on the surface, but I failed, miserably. It was very watery, spongy and tasteless and how ever you cooked, it was unedible!
So my answer for the question I made at the beginning is Jack-O’-Lantern for me! It must be. You see pumpkins everywhere during this season. I made Jack-O’-Lantern Japanese sweet two years ago with Japanese sweet ‘Nerikiri’. It is a material which is very suitable to create a shape and pattern on the surface. This year I made it again, however, the material I used was ‘Mochi’. I wasn’t sure if I could make the detailed look of Jack-O’-Lantern with such a gooey and bumpy material but I tried it anyway.
So, This is the Jack-O’-Lantern I made with Mochi. The outer orange layer is soft sweet Mochi and the green part is the same Mochi but with ‘Matcha’ Green Tea powder.
The filling is a Pumpkin-An which is made with pumpkin purée and sweet white bean paste so it has the natural sweetness and flavour of pumpkin.
Although I worried the face pattern might not appear clearly, it came out quite well.
Trick or Treat 🎃 for your Halloween!