Japanese Desserts to Try Making at Home

Japanese aesthetics is a set of ancient principles that embrace wabi transient and stark beauty), sabi (the beauty of natural patina and aging), and yūgen (profound grace and subtlety). These ideals make up much of the Japanese cultural and aesthetic customs on what is considered beautiful and tasteful. The concept of aesthetics in Japan is deeply ingrained in the people’s everyday life. It can be said that Japanese aesthetics encompasses a variety of ideals whether it be traditional or contemporary.

These principles are also practiced in Japanese cuisine and especially in desserts. Many of the Japanese sweets are designed to whet your appetite while maintaining a sense of aesthetics. The Japanese are known for creating desserts with such detail and precision. The desserts are made to be savored by the eyes as much as by the mouth. The creations are sometimes too beautiful to eat! Check out some Japanese desserts you can try making at home.

Japanese pancake

Japanese souffle pancakes.

Japanese Souffle Pancakes

Good old flapjacks are taken to new heights, literally, with the Japanese version of your favorite breakfast staple. Fluffy clouds of melt in your mouth pancakes are stacked high. They are airy, pillowy and delicate and almost melt in you mouth. The ingredients of Japanese souffle pancakes are similar to regular pancakes, secret to making them fluffy are in the eggs. The yolk has to be separated from the whites. The whites are then beaten until they form stiff peaks then the rest of the ingredients are folded in gently. Something delicious to have any time of the day.

Japanese cheesecake

Japanese Cheesecake

Japanese cheesecake is completely different compared to the typical New York cheesecake that is so dense and heavy. Japanese cheesecake is light, fluffy and sponge-like in texture. The technique is by separating the egg yolks from the egg whites and whisking the whites to incorporate air into it to give it the fluffy consistency, yet it still possesses the creamy goodness we all crave for in a cheesecake minus the gut heavy feel.

Japanese cheesecake.

Anything Matcha

Matcha is finely ground powder of specially processed and grown green tea. A popular flavor in Japan, matcha is also used in the traditional Japanese tea ceremony that centers on the preparing, serving, and drinking of green tea. Matcha is so versatile it can be used to practically flavor anything and everything. It is especially good in desserts. All you need is your imagination!