Kasutera or Japanese sponge cake

Kasutera, now included in the realm of Japanese sweets, is actually not of Japanese origin. It came to Japan with Portugal sailors and missionaries in the 16th century. The novelty was the use of eggs as an ingredient and the baking in the oven. Traditional Japanese sweets are namely more often steamed and eggs are…

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Walk Japan: Kunisaki Trek

True, you don’t have to travel half across the world to have a good hike. Europe also has mountains. And long-distance walking trails. And pilgrimage routes, for that matter. But when R. suggested we did a hike in Japan, I didn’t hesitate. I was stressed and overworked and the idea of taking a couple of…

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Vegan chewy cookies

I found this recipe on another blog and I fell in love with the cookies from the first bite. But I wouldn’t be me, if I didn’t change something in this recipe. I reduced the amount of sugar, eliminating the white sugar entirely. I added, however, sugar cane molasses, because I had a jar of…

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Buckwheat cake with plums

I was going through my pantry recently – early spring cleaning – and I discovered I still had one jar of plums my mum made me. I’ve been eating them whole winter with my morning oatmeal. However, I decided to use the last jar for a cake that I’ve been meaning to make for some…

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Brownie

This recipe had red wine it in – and you don’t have to tell me twice to open a bottle of wine. It also had dried cherries. But in the end I didn’t use neither wine nor cherries. The wine ended in the wine glas and the cherries stayed at the supermarket, when I read…

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Christmas gingerbread cake

What would Christmas be without gingerbread cake? This is a luxurious version with home-made plum marmalade, marzipan and chocolate ganache. Unlike many other versions, this cake does not have to mature for weeks, so you can make it at the last minute. One rainy afternoon is enough. Cake200 g butter150 g honey15 g gingerbread spice15…

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