Thursday, March 17, 2011

Japanese Anmitsu Dessert

Anmitsu is a traditional Japanese dessert made with kanten (agar agar) jelly, fruits, and anko (sweet azuki bean paste). An indicates sweet azuki bean paste, and mitsu means syrup in Japanese.
Yield: 4 servings
Japanese Anmitsu Dessert

*For kanten jelly:
1 2/3 cup water
1/2 stick kanten
6 Tbsp sugar
1 tsp lemon juice
*For syrup
1/4 cup water
2/3 cup sugar
2 Tbsp lemon juice
*For toppings
1/3 cup anko
fruits slices, such as peaches or oranges

How To Make:
Japanese Anmitsu Dessert
Soak kanten in water for one hour. Squeeze and tear the kanten into small pieces. Put 1 2/3 cup of water in a medium pan and put on low heat. Add kanten pieces and sugar in the pan. Bring to a boil and simmer for 10 minutes, stirring well. Strain the liquid and pour in a flat container and cool to firm. Mix 1/4 cup of water and 2/3 cup sugar in a sauce pan and heat to dissolve the sugar. Add lemmon juice in the syrup and cool. Cut kanten jelly into small cubes. Serve kanten jelly and fruits into individual bowls. Pour syrup over the ingredients and top with anko.

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