Kabocha squash is one of my favorite squashes. I cannot resist bringing one home whenever I see it at the grocery stores. It is a sweet squash with a light and fluffy texture. Although the rind is very hard when raw, but is soft and edible after cooking.
It takes only a few minutes to cook cubed kabocha squash. It is delicious simply simmered in dashi, soy sauce, mirin, and sugar. This Simmered Kabocha Squash makes a wonderful side dish and is a great addition to the bento box.
One of my favorite cookbooks, Japanese Cooking by Emi Kazuko has a Kabocha Squash Cake recipe that I have been wanting to try. I made a few changes to the recipe by adding in some raisins and chopped walnuts. I also made it gluten-free so that Ro-Taro could enjoy it as well. The cake was tender, moist, and lightly sweetened. The raisins gave it added sweetness and the walnuts provided the crunch and texture.
You do need a sushi mat or a kitchen towel to help roll the squash mixture into a log. Apart from that, this Steamed Kabocha Cake is relatively easy to make with only a few ingredients needed. You should have no problems finding this squash as it is quite easily available at most grocery stores.
The recipe below was adapted from Japanese Cooking by Emi Kazuko.
This Steamed Kabocha Cake is a little different from your usual desserts or tea time treats but it is most definitely worth a try. It should be served warm accompanied by a cup of green tea and a few slices of fresh fruit like kiwi, pear, or persimmon.
Enjoy…..and have a wonderful day! 😎