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Okashi: Sweet Treats Made With Love Paperback – September 1, 2009
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This book mostly cover cake section - from basic, favorite to advantage. The book also include lots of tart, tiramisu, muffin, Swiss Rolls..etc. There are lots of sponge cake recipe & the author will tell you how are they difference from other, and which recipe you would use it!! Huge section of Japanese chiffon cake!!! Yum!! I tried the Green tea Chiffon, and it was fantastic! Gone within few hours!! (even though I still need to adjust my oven temperature, which varies for each person).
Btw, it's best to "weight" the ingredients properly - go and invest in a digital scale (cost less than $30). Japanese eggs are much "smaller" than American Jumbo eggs... 5 eggs in Japan would weigh about 180 gram, while 3 American egg would weight over 220 gram already. So figure it out yourself, of what to adjust and what not!
Japanese cook books, although are very beautiful & simple & lots of graphic pictures (more than French bakery books), they are rarely translate to English - so if you ever spot one, GET THEM ASAP! I also recommend "Soy-milk Desserts" - a Japanese cook book. I've made most of the recipes in the book, and they all WORKS!!Read more ›
For those who liked the lightness of Japanese cakes and patisserie, then this book is most useful. However, the ingredients are for smaller pans, so if you have those 9 inch tins or big trays, then this book does not show the quantity to use. So I adapted and used smaller tins. The sugar qty is also lesser than most baking books which is good so the cake is not too sweet. Follow her recipes and steps carefully and you will have a great cake.
Although you might not think that japanese are also amazing at deserts, you're just wrong, and this book will prove it to you! I'd rate it 6 stars if I could!
Just like other reviewers said, this is an amazing and detailed compendium of deserts, from biscuits, to cakes, to sponge cakes, for birthdays etc. It's clear the author has been trained as a professional baker, and some recipes are challenging, nevertheless most of them are quite accessible and easily doable at home. It's great how recipes build upon previous ones (first, the basic pastries, crusts, etc. are done, then reused in more complex recipes later on). It's definitely one of the most exciting deserts book I've seen, and considering each recipe has a photo to it makes you want to try them all. Especially, the japanese touch and flavor (green tea & black sesame, etc.) tops it all!!
I'm currently eating the green tea tiramisu, and it's incredibly smooth - the best tiramisu I've ever had (maybe less sugar would have been good too). I'm certainly not a experienced home cook (I've even never made a regular tiramisu), but certainly an experienced eater and can vouch this book won't disappoint you.
Oh, and if you don't know what to prepare for your next date to impress her/him, look no further - this is it!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I swear to god the author is trying to make you fail. The instructions are unclear and totally not helpful to novice bakers. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Shuang Chen
I love this book! the sweets I've made out of it so far like the French style strawberry cake is to die for !Published 15 months ago by Rachel Shankman
I love this book, very clear instruction, simple yet delicious, hope to see Keiko Ishida's other books.Published 19 months ago by Dee Dee
Horrible!!!! i can not zoom in to any of the recipe. it's so small was a waste of my money. i need a microscope to be able to read those recipesPublished 21 months ago by tb
What a wonderful book. I have been baking since the last 28 years now and I still feel this is a must have baking book.Published 24 months ago by nilufer
Besides this book being thick, I love all the different pastry. This is one of my favorite books. Love they have the different measurement from kg to lbs and more. Read morePublished on August 1, 2014 by Samantha Lopez
The book is full of well taken pictures and the recipes are small which I like. I've tried two recopies so far and they were actually pretty good. Read morePublished on May 23, 2014 by wolf
It s a good book I wanna own it but the e book one I bought not the same as the book...some thing wrong with lay most of the pages....could not read..
I purchased Okashi last year, and since then, it has become a favorite. If you look beyond the plain cover, you will find a variety of truly clean, elegant, and lovely... Read morePublished on July 23, 2013 by Sara Myriad