Make Umeshu

Making Delicious Desserts Using Umeshu

The popular Japanese plum wine or Umeshu is a refreshing alcoholic beverage that can be had by itself or mixed with different ingredients to make delicious cocktails. Umeshu’s unique sweet taste and refreshing fruity aroma make it a very popular drink among people all over the world.

Did you know that besides making for a delicious drink, umeshu can also be used to make some amazing desserts?

Let us check out some recipes for easy desserts you can make using umeshu.

Umeshu Cheesecake

  • 45 crackers
  • 20g unsalted butter
  • 200g cream cheese at room temperature
  • 60g Fromage blanc
  • 2 eggs
  • 60 ml fresh cream
  • 2 tbsp umeshu
  • 20g corn starch
  • Crush the crackers finely.
  • Melt the unsalted butter and mix it with the crushed crackers.
  • Spread it on the bottom of a springform pan and press it down. Then place the pan in the freezer for the mixture to harden.
  • Take the softened cream cheese in a bowl and whisk it. Then add Fromage blanc, cane sugar, egg, and fresh cream in that sequence, one-by-one, and keep whisking.
  • Once all the ingredients have blended in, add in umeshu and whisk. Then add the corn starch at last and whisk in. Strain it.
  • Pour the mixture over the hardened cracker mix in the cake pan.
  • Bake it at 170 degrees Celsius for 1 hour in a water bath. You can change the temperature and duration according to your oven.
  • Once baked, allow it to cool, then refrigerate.
  • Slice and serve chilled.

Umeshu Kouglof

  • 100g refined white flour
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • 2 eggs
  • 85g sugar
  • 100g unsalted butter at room temperature
  • Umeshu (quantity according to your preference and taste)
  • Umeshu plums in the umeshu, chopped, according to taste
  • Whisk the unsalted butter till smooth, then add sugar and eggs. Whisk to a smooth mixture.
  • Add baking powder and flour to the mixture and mix.
  • Add the umeshu with the chopped plums from the umeshu. Mix thoroughly.
  • Pour the batter into a cake pan.
  • Bake at 170 degrees Celsius for 35 minutes. You can vary the temperature and duration according to your oven.
  • Once baked, allow to cool. Then unmould and brush the umeshu on the Kouglof with a brush.

Umeshu Chocolate Truffle

  • 150g milk chocolate
  • 50 ml 40% fat content fresh cream
  • 1 tbsp umeshu
  • Cocoa powder, as required
  • Break the chocolate into small pieces and melt in a water bath.
  • Pour the cream into a bowl and warm it in the microwave for about 30 seconds.
  • Pour the melted chocolate into the warm cream and mix with a spatula.
  • Add the umeshu to the mixture and mix gently. Be gentle or the cream could churn and form butter granules.
  • Now cool the mixture in a refrigerator. Take it out every five minutes stir gently. Repeat till the mixture can be rolled into balls with your hands.
  • Take some cocoa powder in another bowl. Roll the chocolate mixture into balls and then roll them in the cocoa powder.
  • Serve chilled!

With these recipes, you can make some unique delicious umeshu desserts that everybody can enjoy having.

About Umeshu Lovers

Made with the finest ume plums from Japan, Umeshu is an apéritif with a sweet-sour flavour.  

Known commonly as “Japanese Plum Wine”, Umeshu is among the most well-known alcoholic beverages in Japan and is slowly gaining popularity worldwide.  

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