- 30 g wasanbon sugar
- 2 ml water
- 20 g mijin-ko (kanbai-ko) flour made from sweet rice
- Food coloring
- katakuri-ko (potato starch)
Mix water and food coloring. Mix sugar into water and food coloring. Add mijin-ko and mix until the dough holds finger marks.
Dust your molds with katakuri-ko. Fill molds tightly, and tap out onto a plate.
These are dry sugar candies – and go well with the tea ceremony. Shapes of these candies are seasonally linked and generally very specific. Since I only have a few molds, those are what I plan to make.
If you do not have rakugan higashi molds, you can buy candy or chocolate molds at many craft supply stores. They’ll hold you over until you can make a friend in Japan to send you some molds.