Monday, November 28, 2011

Will Miss #391 - amashoku

Back in my early days in Japan, there were few foods that I liked and trusted not to present me with a filling of sweetened beans. At that time, I was pretty squeamish about any of "that Japanese stuff". One of the easily enjoyable and reliable treats is/was amashoku, a half-cookie/half cake sort of baked good which is lightly sweet and has enough dryness to give it a pleasant cookie texture and enough moisture to give a cakey density. It's sometimes referred to as a "sweet bun", but it is not bread. It is sometimes referred to as a cake, but it's more like a muffin top with a high egg content and a low sugar content.

I have a nostalgic feeling for amashoku, and enjoy its unique properties, and I will miss it.