Ingredients with Measurements:
- 1 cup of water
- 1/2 cup of sugar
- 1/4 cup of agar agar powder
- 1/4 cup of matcha powder
- 1 can of red bean paste
- 1/2 cup of mochi balls
- 1/2 cup of fruit cocktail
- 1/4 cup of sweetened condensed milk
- 1/4 cup of toasted sesame seeds
Special equipment needed:
- Square mold
1. In a saucepan, combine water, sugar, and agar agar powder. Whisk until the sugar and agar agar powder are dissolved.
2. Bring the mixture to a boil over medium heat. Reduce the heat and simmer for 2-3 minutes.
3. Remove from heat and whisk in the matcha powder until it is fully dissolved.
4. Pour the mixture into a square mold and let it cool to room temperature.
5. Once the matcha jelly has set, cut it into small cubes.
6. In a strainer, rinse the mochi balls with cold water to remove excess starch.
7. In a bowl, combine the red bean paste, fruit cocktail, and mochi balls.
8. To serve, place a few matcha jelly cubes in a bowl, top with the red bean paste mixture, and drizzle with sweetened condensed milk.
9. Sprinkle with toasted sesame seeds.
Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 10 minutes
Chilling time: 1 hour
Calories per serving: 250
Substitutions for ingredients:
- Agar agar powder can be substituted with gelatin powder.
- Red bean paste can be substituted with sweetened azuki beans.
- Mochi balls can be substituted with cooked sweet rice.
- Instead of fruit cocktail, fresh fruits like strawberries, kiwi, and mango can be used.
- Matcha powder can be substituted with other flavored powders like cocoa powder or strawberry powder.
Tips and tricks:
- To prevent the matcha jelly from sticking to the mold, lightly grease it with oil.
- Use a sharp knife to cut the matcha jelly into small cubes.
- Rinse the mochi balls with cold water to prevent them from sticking together.
Store the matcha jelly and red bean paste mixture separately in airtight containers in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
Serve the Matcha Anmitsu in a clear glass bowl to showcase the layers of colors and textures.
Toasted sesame seeds
Matcha Anmitsu pairs well with Japanese green tea or iced coffee.
Suggested side dishes:
- If the matcha jelly doesn't set, increase the amount of agar agar powder.
- If the red bean paste mixture is too thick, add a little water to thin it out.
Food safety advice:
Make sure to rinse the mochi balls with cold water to remove excess starch before using them.
Anmitsu is a traditional Japanese dessert that originated in the Meiji era (1868-1912). It is typically made with agar agar jelly, sweet azuki beans, and fruits.
Matcha Anmitsu has a sweet and earthy flavor from the matcha jelly, red bean paste, and sweetened condensed milk. The mochi balls add a chewy texture, while the fruit cocktail adds a refreshing sweetness.
Serve Matcha Anmitsu as a dessert after a Japanese meal or as a refreshing snack on a hot summer day.
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