Children's Day Wagashi Sweets

Children's Day Wagashi Sweets

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Celebrate Children's Day (5th May) the traditional way with these two sensational wagashi (classic Japanese) sweet treats, both of which are commonly enjoyed on Children's Day; A kashiwamochi sweet rice cake wrapped in an oak leaf, and a koinobori carp shaped dorayaki pancake. Be careful not to hand them all out to the children - these are so nice you will want to try them for yourself.


for kashiwamochi
200g smooth red bean paste
200g joshinko non-glutinous rice flour
280ml water
8 oak leaves

for dorayaki
150g smooth red bean paste
100g pancake mix
1 egg
1 tbsp sugar
2 tbsp honey
1 tbsp mirin
70ml milk

How To Prepare

  1. Start by making the kashiwamochi. Mix the joshinko rice flour and water together in a microwave-safe bowl. Cover the bowl and microwave on full heat for 4 minutes. Mix again and microwave for a further 3 minutes. The resulting dough should be quite solid.

  2. Knead the dough until it is soft, then split into eight flat, circular pieces. Your dough should look like bread dough at this stage.

  3. Divide the red bean paste into eight equal portions. Place one portion onto each piece of dough, then fold the dough over and press around the edges to seal. Allow the dough to cool down, then wrap up in an oak leaf.

  4. Now to make the dorayaki. Whisk the egg, sugar, honey and mirin together. Add half of the milk, whisk that through, then repeat with the rest of the milk. Sieve the pancake mix into the mixture while whisking constantly. You should end up with a smooth pancake batter.

  5. Heat up a frying pan, grease with a little vegetable oil, and add enough batter to make a circle about 20-25cm in diameter. Allow to cook for a 2-3 minutes, or until small bubbles form on the surface. The underside should be a smooth honey brown colour. Flip over and cook for a further 1-2 minutes, then set aside. Repeat until all batter has been used. You should have approx. 2-3 pancakes.

  6. Divide red bean paste equally between the prepared pancakes. Place one portion of paste along the middle of each pancake, then roll the pancake up. Make sure the rolled edge is facing the bottom so that the pancake does not unravel.

  7. Cut each pancake in half across. To decorate, heat up a metal skewer (being very careful as you do so) and lightly scorch koinobori eyes and scales along the pancake. Enjoy.

Tips and Information

- The oak leaves for the kashiwamochi are for decoration and should not be eaten.
- Why not try different fillings for a less traditional sweet? Mochi cakes are delicious with chestnut paste, ganache, and coconut fillings. Dorayaki work well with custard and matcha cream fillings.