Sprouts Under the Snow
Recently, we had snowy weather in Oregon! I was also playing around with my first batch of shiro an, a sweet bean paste made from white beans. I'll write more about the process of making the bean paste soon. But for now...the sweet.
This type of sweet is served with matcha, powdered green tea, during the Japanese Tea Ceremony. It's customary to provide a poetic name to things...to utensils, the tea bowl and to sweets. So in that spirit and given the weather, I named this sweet "sprouts under the snow". This sweet is nothing more than bean paste and sugar (with a dot of food coloring). It's naturally vegan and gluten/soy/dairy-free, so a great sweet for anyone with food allergies. It's also DELICIOUS! I know that sweetened bean paste sounds a little funny to most of us Americans, but it really is yummy!
Daffodil sprouts under the snow