I bake cherry blossoms cookies every year in March which is my annual baking event. I bake big bunches and give them to my friends.
I've been baking this cookies more than 7 years. The cookies bring spring to my kitchen.
I use salt cured cherry blossom blooms. You can find it in baking specialty shop or some grocery store. I bought this package at Tsukiji fish market, and it costs 600 yen. There are smaller bottle in grocery store price around 600 -1000 yen.
These are salty, soak plenty of water for 10 min and rinse with cold water.
This is not only use for baking, but also use for cooking. The blooms bring nice flavor and aroma to your table
This is Japanese seasonal sweets, we call it Sakura-mochi, literally means cherry blossom rice cake
The sweets consists of red bean paste, cooked sticky rice ( glutinous rice) wrapped with cherry blossom leaf. The leaf is edible, but you don't need to eat up the leaf.
The taste combination of sweetness from red bean paste, saltiness and flavors of cherry blossoms are quite gorgeous!
If you have chance to see this sweets on market, it is worth to try.