Genji Pie: Popular Pastries like French Palmier Cookies
In addition to Unagi Pie, the Japanese pie pastry I introduced the other day, the city in Shizuoka Prefecture, Hamamatsu has one more pastry snack that it can pride itself on.
And the Japanese treat is what I introduce here “Genji Pie (源氏パイ)”.
Sanritsu Genji Pie
Genji Pie is a long-selling pastry snack produced and sold by “Sanritsu Seika (三立製菓)”, a confectionery maker whose head office is in the city of Hamamatsu.
As with Shunkado’s Unagi Pie, it was created, emulating French Palmier cookies, and was introduced in 1965.
While the Shunkado’s pie pastry, Unagi Pie is more of a souvenir or gift, Sanritsu Genji Pie is a much more casual, everyday snack that is available in many supermarkets around the country.
By the way, it is said that the classic Japanese pastry Genji Pie was named after the NHK Taiga drama “Minamoto no Yoshitsune (源義経)” that started to be broadcasted in January 1966.
These Sanritsu’s pastries have heart shapes very close to traditional French Palmier cookies. The surface is glazed with sugar syrup, which is why the Japanese treat has a shine.
The pastry Genji Pie has a nice crunch and a gentle, deliciously sweet taste. Not only does it taste good, but in the dough, over 10 billion lactic acid bacteria are contained, per bag.
Ingredients and Calories
Lastly, let’s see the ingredients and nutrition facts.
Based on the labels, with 202 kcal per one bag (38 grams), the Japanese version of French Palmier cookies, Sanritsu Genji Pie is made from wheat flour, margarine, sugar, whole wheat flour, fermented flavoring liquid, salt, sterilized lactic acid bacteria, flavoring, and carotene pigment.
(Reference Page: Wikipedia 源氏パイ )