May 17, 2013

Okara Yaki/おから焼き

This morning, I made soy milk with 200 g domestic soybeans and 1,000 ml water, but didn't separate the soy milk from soy pulp. Reason? Because I wanted to try this recipe:
今朝は、国産の大豆200 gと水1,000 mlで豆乳を作りましたが、豆乳とおからを分けませんでした。何故かって?このレシピを試したかったので:
 
This recipe calls for:
100 g soy pulp
70 g rice flour (komeko in Japanese)
2 tsp olive oil
25 g grated cheese
Small amount of salt
80 cc milk
 
Combine all ingredients, separate into 10 pieces, make them into balls, and bake in an oven at 180-190oC for 20-25 min.
このレシピの材料は:
おから 100 g
米粉 70 g
オリーブ油 小さじ2
粉チーズ 25
塩 少々
牛乳 80 cc
 
材料をすべて混ぜ、10個に分け、丸め、180~190度のオーブンで20~25分焼く。
 
My plan was to replace the soy pulp and the milk with the soy "mash" (soy milk not separated from pulp) and leave out the grated cheese.
私の計画は、おからと牛乳の代わりに、おからと分けてないドロドロの豆乳を使い、粉チーズは省くというものです。
 
Soy mash:
ドロドロの豆乳:
I used this rice flour, made from Koshihikari rice produced here in Minami Uonuma.
南魚沼産のコシヒカリでできた、この米粉を使いました。 
The recipe says that the dough should have a texture like that of nukamiso (= nukadoko = rice bran bed for pickling), which may mean nothing to those who are not familiar with nukamiso. Roughly, a texture similar to that of miso.
レシピでは、生地は糠味噌(=糠床)くらいの固さと書いてありますが、糠味噌のことを知らない人には何のことか分からないと思います。大まかに言って、味噌に似た固さです。 
I separated the dough into 12 pieces, and placed on the tray,
私は生地を12個に分けて、トレイに載せ、  
put the tray in my toaster oven! Five minutes later, I placed a sheet of aluminum foil to prevent them from scorching.
トレイをオーブントースターに入れました!5分後、焦げないようアルミホイルをかぶせました。 
 I baked them for a total of 5 + 8 + 10 = 23 min.
合計5 + 8 + 10 = 23分焼きました。
 
Still very moist.
まだ水分が多かったです。
I microwaved them for 1 min.
電子レンジで1分加熱しました。
Despite the appearance, they tasted very good! I will definitely make another attempt soon!
見た目は悪いですが、とても美味しかったです!また早く試そうと思います!

Edited to add the following photos and descriptions:
下記の写真と説明を追加:

These okara yaki balls were so tasty that I finished them off before noon all by myself. This afternoon, I made another batch, doubling the amount of each ingredient. This time, I added some shredded cheese for lack of grated cheese.
おから焼きはとても美味しかったので、昼前に一人で全部食べてしまいました。午後、もう一回作りました。今回は材料をそれぞれ二倍にして、また粉チーズがないので、ピザ用のチーズを入れました。
I fried half the dough in a frying pan, using a sheet of parchment paper.
生地の半分は、フライパンで、クッキングシートを使って焼きました。
I baked the other half in the toaster oven for 20 min. This time, I didn't use a sheet of aluminum foil. The dough was so moist I thought it wouldn't need aluminum foil to prevent it from scorching.
残りの半分はオーブントースターで20分焼きました。今回はアルミホイルは使いませんでした。生地は水分が多いので、焦げるのを防ぐためにアルミホイルは要らないだろうと思ったので。
 Closeup of one that was baked in the toaster oven:
オーブントースターで焼いた方(ほう)のクローズアップ:
Very crunchy on the outside and still moist on the inside.
外側はとてもパリパリで、内側はまだ水分が多かったです。
Anyway, my son, who came home much earlier than usual because of the midterm exams, tasted them and said they were very good!
とにかく、中間試験のせいでいつもよりずっと早く帰宅した息子は、味見して、とても美味しいと言ってました。 

6 comments:

Fräulein Trude said...

Very intersting and so healthy. I guess you could add small amounts of additonal ingredients: cheese, ham and dried tomato for some mochi mochi pizza rolls. Stir-fried mushrooms, bellpepper, spring onion. I have to buy soy beans.

Hiroyuki said...

Kiki: Yes, very healthy, I suppose, because rice and soybeans are such a great combination (together, they provide all the essential amino acids that the human body needs).

I'm thinking of making something similar to oyaki (yakimochi), which you have recently made, or anbo. But first, I think I have to adjust the rice flour-to-soy "mash" ratio to make less moist dough.

Sissi said...

You make me want to make okara again! (I made it and soy milk several times two years ago I think, thanks to kind Kiki's advice and loved it in a cake! Afterwards I only had problems with the huge amount of soy milk... I only use it in my morning coffee).

Hiroyuki said...

Sissi: As you are fully aware, I am a lazy cook, and I hate to separate soy milk from pulp. I often think, "What's the point of separating them when you can use them together?"

Do make soy milk and okara again, and indulge in the flavors of both at the same time (laugh)!

Sissi said...

Thank you for the advice... Unfortunately as much as I love soy milk in coffee and okara with... anything, I am not a big fan of soy milk alone. Now for example I have a problem: I bought a big package of soy milk last week and discovered I have accidentally bought sweetened soy milk (I am not able to drink sweetened coffee). It was a brand I didn't know and they didn't write "sweetened", so I bought it without checking ingredients... I will try to replace cow milk with this one in some cakes maybe...

Hiroyuki said...

Sissi:
>big fan of soy milk alone.

I'm not a big fan of store-bought soy milk, but I'm a big fan of my home-made soy milk AND pulp (laugh).

Sorry for the sweetened soy milk. I couldn't stand it, either!