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Sweet Potato Cake | イモ羊羹

 September 23rd is a Japanese national holiday known as “Ohigan”. The spring and autumn equinox, the time of year when the day and night are of equal length. It is also a time of transition, from the short days of winter to the long days of summer.

Aside from the seasonal aspect, the Ohigan also represents the transitions of human life, from the sunny summer of life to dark winter of death. Thus Ohigan is a time to remember those who have passed on, particularly our ancestors and loved ones.

暑さ、寒さもお彼岸までと毎年心待ちにしている9月23日。しかしながら、台風の影響でゲッ、涼しくなるどころかまた30℃を越す日々が続きそうですね。しかし、今年は100歳を迎えたお姑さんに大好物の「芋羊羹」を作ってあげることに。ここ数日、サツマイモをみては吟味しながら買ったのが「紅あずま」。サツマイモだよりの直球レシピはサツマイモが不出来だとほぼ失敗に終わりますが今回は甘いサツマイモにあたりクリーミーな芋羊羹に出来上がりました。

時短派:芋羊羹の制作はいたって簡単。時短派は茹でるよりレンジでチンも可能。 (see video)

As long as you have a sweet and delicious sweet potato, it’s not difficult to make at home. (see video)

もっぱら購入派:いや、いや。つくるよりもやっぱ買った方がいいという方は下記ここのリンクから。

For those who are not so eager to make this at home, here are links to where you can get good sweet potato yokan.

The typical food prepared during Ohigan is the botamochi (ohagi) but this year, I decided to prepare this sweet potato cake called ‘imo-yokan (sweet potato gelled boxed cake)’ , also a traditional Japanese confectionery for my mother in law turned 100 years old and one of her favorite sweets.

Gelled Aduki Paste (Yokan) with Chestnuts (栗蒸し羊羹) is another variation which I make during the chestnut season.

Sweet Potato Cake | イモ羊羹

Course: DessertCuisine: JapaneseDifficulty: Medium
Servingsservings
Prep time

30

minutes
Cooking time

3

minutes

Ingredients

Directions

  • Peel the sweet potato skin (thick), dice and soak in water for about 30 minutes.
    サツマイモの皮を厚めに剥き、輪切りにして水に晒しておく。
  • Take about 50cc of water from the ingredient list and add gardena to extract the yellow color.
    分量内の水を少し取り、くちなしの実をいれて色をだす。
  • Boil the sweet potatoes for about 15 minutes until nice and soft. Drain the water completely and let the potatoes dry, a bit.
    サツマイモを鍋に入れてかぶるくらいの水をそそぎ、15分くらい茹でます。串をさして柔らかくなっていたら、ざるにあげて水を切る。
  • Place the white sugar, brown sugar, salt and sweet potatoes in the food processor and mix until it becomes a smooth creamy mixture.
    上白糖、黒糖、塩、サツマイモをフードプロセッサーに入れて、長めに攪拌する。なめらかな生地になるまで攪拌。
  • Remove from the food processor and in a heat-resistant bowl, heat the mixture in a microwave oven at 600W for 3 minutes.
    フードプロセッサーから取り出し、耐熱ボウルにいれて600W|3分間加熱する。
  • In the meantime, combine the powder agar and water (including water of gardenia) into a pan and simmer to dissolve the agar.
    粉寒天と水(クチナシの実の水も含め)を鍋にいれて煮溶かす。
  • Combine the heated sweet potatoes and mix well with a spatula. Flattened the surface with a scraper and refrigerate for about 12 hours.
    加熱したサツマイモと合わせ、ヘラで練る。表面をスケッパーなどで平にして冷蔵庫で冷やし固めたら出来上がりです。

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