Merry music floats across the playground and children scamper to catch the ice cream man. Sunshine kisses the faces of students as graduation caps fly into the air. Cheery red raspberries ripe with sweet juice pop up in supermarkets. Summertime!!! What signs let you know summer is in session?
In Japan, June brings in humidity and torrents of rain. July and August are just plain hot! Refuge is taken in air-conditioned movie theaters, malls and pastry shops. In the Parisian influenced patisseries, raspberries dance in tarts and cream filled cakes. Matcha green tea sweets are also prevalent and popular.
I’m a huge fan of desserts but doctors insist I watch my sweets intake….So, I combined two patisserie favorites from my hometown of Tokyo and created Gluten-Free Raspberry Surprise Matcha Mini Cakes. The good news is that raspberries are low in calories and high on fiber and heart healthy!