One of the first things I ate in Kyoto was a matcha parfait (right after some awesome sabazushi). Being my first day in Japan and having communicated successfully with the locals without offending anyone or their ancestors, eating the giant green tea sundae at the end of the day was almost like a celebration. This is my little homage to that moment.
Alas, my camera ate my 'dango production pics'. Luckily it's a really simple process.
Ready? Let's go.
Ingredients for Matcha Kuzumochi
50g kudzu flour
2 tbsp caster sugar
1 tbsp matcha powder
Ingredients for Dango
100g glutinous rice flour or shiratamako
2 tbsp caster sugar
Food colouring (optional)
1) In a small saucepan, stir the dry ingredients together until well combined, and then stir in the water bit by bit.
2) Switch the heat on to medium and stir constantly until the mixture becomes super thick and transluscent. Carry on cooking and stirring for another minute.
3) Scrape into a foil-lined, lightky-oiled pan and lay some clingfilm over the top (use this and your hands to smooth the top down). Leave it to cool completely before popping in the fridge for an hour. Now you can cut it into little bitesized squares ready to be eaten.
|It looks like snot now but it does turn opaque again as it cools.|
1) Stir the dry ingredients together, then stir in the water, changing to your hands when it gets stiff so you can knead it into a dough.
2) If you want to colour your dough, grab a handful of however much you want to colour and hand-knead some food colouring in (a few drops of paste food colouring will do, and won't change the consistency of the dough as much as liquid food colouring). Roll the dough into little balls.
3) Bring a medium sized saucepan of water to the boil, and turn down to a simmer. Pop the dough balls in: as soon as they start to float (about five minutes), let them simmer for another two minutes, then 'rescue' them with a slotted spoon and dunk straight into a bowl of icy water to cool down (they'll sink back down, this is fine).
4) When completely cool, drain and use.
Layer up a few dango and kuzumochi squares with ice cream, anko (sweet red beans), whipped cream and bits of cake of biscuits – anything you like. As you can see, I've gone for the very Japanese Pocky (mostly because there is always Pocky in my kitchen cupboard and I felt like it was appropriate).
Have fun and enjoy!