Udon no Kuni no Kiniro Kemari was a heartwarming anime that aired in Fall 2016 and with it, it brought a slew of adorable characters to the front stage. Souta ends up visiting home after living in Tokyo and working as a web designer. Where does he live? Kagawa prefecture. It’s really far! But suddenly he meets Poco, an adorable little boy with a secret. After learning the secret, Souta decides to move home to the Kingdom of Udon to be with Poco. Thus his adventures begin…
Obviously udon would be something that we would want to talk about in this series, but we already have and multiple times at that. Though, the one thing is, we learned about even more delicious foods that exist in not only Japanese culture, but in anime as well. Sure they will always look ten thousand times better in anime, but that does not mean that they are not worth taking a shot at. So, for this week, we will be covering something deliciously sweet, something essentially summer, and something that is refreshing and perfect to beat off the summer heat: Fruit Jelly Parfaits.
Fruit Jelly Parfaits from Udon no Kuni no Kiniro Kemari
Yogurt is also often used to make fantastic desserts that you would this would be loaded with sugar, but are not. Now with all of the ingredients that we are going to list, you naturally, do not have to use all of them, but the more diverse your selection, the richer of an experience you will get. Of course, though, we aim to please, so we will leave you with lots of alternatives as well in case you do not like one of the fruits suggested or have a preference for some over others. Without further ado, let’s dive into this sweet, delectable, refreshing summer treat!
What You Will Need:
As we are sure you are aware, not everyone has persimmons growing on a tree in their backyard. So if you want to sub out something, it is perfectly fine. The concept behind a fruit parfait in Japan is to use fruits of different colors to make them stand out more in contrast with each other. So while this time is kiwi, persimmons, and canned fruit, we are going with pineapple, feel free to make your own combinations. It could be as simple as strawberry and banana, or a good green apple, mandarin oranges, and strawberries. Really, the combination is up to you. Just be sure to choose fruit that you like. If you are a vegetarian/vegan, simply sub out the gelatin for Kanten or agar-agar which is made from a seed but works just like gelatin.
How to Cook It:
1First, dissolve enough gelatin in about 50 ml of hot water until it has been dissolved completely. There is a good chance that there will be more gelatin in the package than you need, so don’t overdo it!
2Next, take your fruit juice, we used mango juice for this recipe, and pour it along with the melted gelatin and mix it well and thoroughly with a whisk or fork. If you do not mix this properly, it will not set correctly. So be very thorough here.
3Pour them into glasses, cups, or slightly tall mugs. Anything will work really.
4Put the glasses into the refrigerator and chill. They should be in there for at least one hour. If you are not sure if it has been long enough, gently push the top with a finger after the hour has passed. If it is firm, then you are good to go.
5Once the gelatin has set, begin to slice your fruits. Peel the kiwi and then cut it into circular pieces. If you are fancy, you can even cut them into the shape of a flower by cutting out sides of the kiwi which you can then put into your parfaits.
6For the persimmon, cut them into crescent moon shapes or whatever shape you would like as long as they fit in the glass.
7Now, place a generous dollop of yogurt on top of the hardened gelatin. From there, pour on the canned fruit, a helping of your favorite fruit Jam, and then the fruit that you just cut up on top. You can sprinkle it with a dash of sugar if you really like your desserts sweet, but this should be more than enough to please your palate!
(Note: Be careful when cutting the fruit. Always cut away from yourself; never towards )