Japanese Creamy Saké Drink
Amazake Concentrate is rich, creamy and unbelievably sweet; yet it contains no sugar or artificial sweeteners, just the natural goodness of premium brown rice. Boiled rice is mixed with malted rice and left to ferment overnight, leaving a sweet, slightly alcoholic flavor. Made in the traditional way by the same family that makes Mikawa mirin, it has been enjoyed for centuries in Japan as a sugar substitute in desserts and baked foods. The alcohol content is so slight that even children may drink amazake. It is the ideal warming winter drink or chill for a refreshing summer treat. The first time I tried Amazake was during the "Yukimatsuri," snow festival in Sapporo, Hokkaido. This delicious, warm beverage is traditionally found at festivals or during the winter holidays. Aveline used to recommend adding a dash of powdered ginger (see condiments) for an authentic taste. Our Amazake is the ultimate sweetener and beverage for nursing mothers, babies and others requiring strength and vitality as it is very nourishing. The 8.8 oz. pouch of Amazake Concentrate makes approx. 2 Cups.
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Cooking With Amazake
For a hardy winter breakfast, just heat the amazake gently and serve with a hint of ginger or dilute with water and serve hot for a wholesome, warming drink. As a sweetener, amazake is a natural in puddings, pie fillings, and custards. It adds a rich, moist quality to breads, scones, pancakes, waffles, cakes and cookies. Use amazake to add body and mild sweetness to salad dressings (see Amazake Salad Dressing by clicking the Tab above) or to make delicious, dairy-free "milk shakes."
Almond Amazake Shake
Makes about 2 1/2 cups
1 cup Mitoku Amazake
1 1/2 cups almond milk or rice drink
3 tablespoons toasted almond butter
small pinch Masu 100% Sea Water Salt
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/8 teaspoon almond extract
Purée all ingredients thoroughly in a blender. or a smooth texture, pour through a fine-mesh strainer to remove rice hulls. (Press solids dry, and save them in a covered container in the refrigerator for making cookies, quick breads and pasteries). Serve well chilled.
2 cups Almond Amazake Shake or Strawberry Amazake Shake (see recipes- use tabs above)
2-3 tablespoons Mitoku Rice Malt (to taste)
1 1/2 tablespoons Mitoku Kanten Flakes
1 1/2 tablespoons Mitoku Kuzu
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
In a medium-size saucepan combine the amazake and rice syrup. Sprinkle the kanten flakes on top, heat to a simmer over medium heat without stirring, then simmer for 2 minutes, stirring gently until kanten is dissolved. Thoroughly dissolve the kuzu in 2 tablespoons cold water and add it to the pan wile stirring briskly. Simmer 2 minutes more, stirring constantly until the mixture thickens. Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla. Pour into custard cups or small bowls and chill until firm before serving (about 2 hours). Garnish with fresh berries, toasted coconut, toasted slivered almonds, etc.
Makes about 5 parfaits
This elegant parfait is especially attractive served in traditional parfait glasses, wine glasses, or other stemware.
Prepare Amazake Custard made with both the Almond Shake and the Strawberry Shake (see recipes in this section, or use the Vanilla Pudding recipe in the Kuzu Recipes section of our web site in place of the Almond Custard).
Before it sets, pour a little of the Strawberry Custard into parfait glasses, tilt and let chill until firm. Add a layer of fresh sliced strawberries. Pour a little Almond Custard or Vanilla Pudding on top, tilt glasses, and chill until firm. Add more sliced strawberries and another layer of Strawberry Custard. Once the last layer is set, top with a little more Almond Custard or Vanilla Pudding and a garnish of sliced strawberry and mint leaves. Serve chilled.
Strawberry Amazake Shake
Makes about 3 cups
1 cup Mitoku Amazake
2 cups fresh strawberries
1 - 1 1/2 cups almond milk or rice milk
1/4 teaspoon vanilla
2 tablespoons Mitoku Rice Malt, or to taste
Purée all ingredients thoroughly in a blender. If you want a creamy texture, pour through a fine-mesh strainer to remove rice hulls and strawberry seeds. Serve well chilled. Garnish with sliced strawberries, blueberries or fresh mint leaves.
Amazake Salad Dressing
Makes 1 cup
This creamy, slightly sweet yet tart dressing is terrific on vegetable, grain and pasta salads.
1 cup (240ml) Mitoku Amazake
2 tablespoons light Virgin Sesame oil
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 cup (240ml) Mitoku Brown Rice Vinegar
1 tablespoon Mitoku Brown Rice Miso
1 clove garlic, sliced
Blend all ingredients in a blender until smooth. Pour dressing into a jar, and if time permits, chill slightly before serving. Shake well before using.