Japanese foods…. Nearly everyone would think of rice, or tofu, or sushi/sashimi, or maybe miso soup. But Japan also includes the most delectable pastries — At least as fine and wonderful as French pastries!!
On my last trip to Japan, I was travelling with my sister — I truly believe we found EVERY high-end pastry shop between Tokyo and Fukuoka. Daily, we indulged in the most heavenly, creamy layered cakes and goodies with exquisite embellishments. Sigh!
The Food — Chestnut Creme Cake:
I have several Japanese friends — Who recently discovered a Japanese pastry-maker here in Minnesota! Consequently, several slices of a very special cake arrived in my life — A lovely Chestnut Creme Cake.
I’m not sure that ‘cake’ is the right description. This really consisted of a fine crust with several layers of wonderful creamy, custardy, chestnutty goodness — Topped with strands of (I’m guessing here) chocolate/chestnut ‘noodles’!! Oh I do LOVE creamy!! The flavors were divine — Nutty, exotic, divine. A cherished bite of Japanese pastry in the middle of Minnesota. Sigh again!
The Pottery – Plate from Japan:
I enjoyed my slice of Layered Chestnut Creme Cake on a Special Plate that I acquired in Japan; in the mountain village of Takayama. Made of a light stoneware with surface texture and a deep green oribe-type glaze. I love the ‘torn’ corners; I love the random iron splotches. And I loved every bite of my special Japanese pastry on my Japanese plate!
Wishing everyone a happy pastry in your life!