This article is about the Japanese cake , which have flavors and recipes authentic to Japanese culture. I would like to invite you to relax in your seat, and imagine a snack meal with the sweets I am going to talk about.
The sponge cake of Japanese taste or Kasutera Cake is a sweet meal that all of us should enjoy at least once in a lifetime. This traditional food item is usually prepared during the festive seasons of Japan, especially during the Christmas season. A piece of sponge cake , along with a hot cup of genuine tea , would be the ideal treat to spend an evening in the Japanese countryside during the Christmas Season when chilly storms break out along with pleasure showers of snowflakes. These cakes, after being baked, are covered on the top with a layer of whipped cream. Fruits are placed over this layer for the sake of both taste and decoration.
Why do not we take it the Japanese way?
The Japanese teatime or mealtime falls at 3 in the afternoon. It is usually referred as “oyatsu “. It is the time when you grab a piece of kasutera (castella) cake. The quality of a kasutera is decided by its moisture, the weight and the dispersion of the ingredients. In other terms, it has to be quite moist, have less weight and have a fine spongy texture. The ingredients should be evenly included allowing evenly occurred air spaces. Thus, it is crucial to have a subtle and careful technique in preparing and baking a Japanese cake. We have already discussed the top layer of the cake. The interior must have color that is a pleasing shade of yellow. A perfect cake should not contain excessive remnants of fatty ingredients, neither vegetable oil, nor butter. If you might wonder the range of flavors, the most popular and frequently used flavoring is honey. Nowadays there are several optional tastes like chocolate and green tea. Now, when you are ready to enjoy a Japanese “oyatsu”, it would be perfect if you can sip a traditional Japanese tea whilst chewing a piece of cake, bit by bit.
The preparation is a cultural ritual in Japan, just like preparing tea. It is not easy and includes a method of mixing eggs, sugar and hot water in a mixing trough, until the mixture becomes a dense paste. However, the modern bakeries seek the assistant of electric equipment, and the results are similar. The only disadvantage I both methods is that, you would not have much time to enjoy the that Japanese cake, because your neighbor`s greedy hand would grab all the pieces if you are late.