Wagashi: What is the confection “Ankiri”?

Like the squid cracker that I introduced the other day called Ika Mirin Age, there are several good old Japanese snacks whose origin most people don’t know.

In addition to Ika Mirin Age, the representative example includes what I talk about today “Ankiri (あんきり), a variant of Manju cake.

Ankiri (あんきり)

Ankiri Japanese Sweet

As with Ika Mirin Age, a number of Japanese confectionery companies are producing and selling this classic wagashi confection, but I have never heard who first made it.

Shape

Wagashi Ankiri

Kamado Stove

Ankiri is a kind of Manju shaped like “Kamado (竃)” or Japanese old-fashioned wood-burning stoves.

Typical Manju

While the Anko in typical Manju buns is entirely covered in their fluffy wheat flour dough, the sweet red bean paste of Ankiri is partly laid bare.

Ingredients 

Wagashi Ankiri Ingredients

The dough of Manju is typically made from wheat flour, brown sugar, and baking soda or powder. But the exterior of the Ankiri mainly consists of wheat flour, hen’s egg, shortening, and leavening agent.

Ankiri Manju

Because of the difference in ingredients, the outer covering of this Ankiri is more of bread than Manju and isn’t fluffy at all.

Where to Buy

Ankiri is an inexpensive casual wagashi available in supermarkets around the county.

Tomo

Hi, I'm Tomo, a Japanese blogger living in Niigata Prefecture, Japan. For the purpose of enriching your life, I would like to introduce things about Japan on this blog, especially unique Japanese products, cooking recipes, cultures, and facts and trivia.

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