Easy dessert without the guilty conscience: Japanese raindrop cake

It's raining, it's pouring! Japan is certainly notorious for producing some crazy trends. This unique, delicate dessert is as easy to make as it is low in calories. But the best part about this dish? It looks like a huge raindrop!

For six pieces you will need: 

  • 2 cups water
  • 1 tsp agar powder
  • 2 tbsp ground brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp sugar beet syrup 

Here's how:

  1. Pour the water and agar powder into a pot and bring to boil. The water should boil for two minutes before you pour it into round, silicone molds.
  2. Refrigerate the molds for 12 hours. 
  3. To serve, carefully remove the "raindrops" from the molds. This is done easily by dipping the bottom of the molds into a bowl of warm water. Garnish with brown sugar and sugar beet syrup. 

Be sure to eat this dessert quickly, because it will lose its form after a certain amount of time. For those who find this dish a bit dull, you can always add a bit of syrup to the water, or replace the water with with fruit juice. If you're feeling particularly artistic, try adding edible flowers or small berries to the molds!

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