Friday, March 26, 2010

Baum Kuchen

March signifies, not only the end of the financial tax year, but also the end of the school year here in Japan with students graduating and salary men transferring offices alike. As such, it's a pretty busy time of year for most.

One of my High School students recently passed his university entrance exams and will be relocating to the greater Tokyo area to further his education. We'll miss him at work as he was often there or thereabouts either studying with us or in the adjacent Juku (cram school).

On his last day he brought in some BAUMKUCHEN, a kind of layered cake, known in many countries throughout Europe. When cut, the cake reveals the characteristic golden rings that give it its German name, Baumkuchen, which literally translates to "tree cake". To get the ring effect, a thin layer of batter is brushed evenly onto a spit and allowed to bake until golden, after which the process is repeated. The most skilled bakers will repeat the process numerous times.(Wikipedia).

In Japan it is one of the most popular types of cakes and this one was particularly delicious!!Thanks Daisuke and good luck with your future studies

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