|Ingredient||10 Balls||10 Balls|
|azuki koshian||5 oz.||150g|
|strawberries||10 medium||10 medium|
|kinako||to coat||to coat|
|kuromitsu||to top||to top|
Strawberries feature prominently in many Japanese confections, and with good reason—they pair marvelously with anko sweet bean paste as in this simple dessert. In ichigo ankodama (“strawberry sweet bean balls”), the bright flavor of the strawberries offsets the heavy sweetness of the anko. Drizzling them with kuromitsu syrup when you eat them adds complexity and delicious flavor contrast. You can cover the berries completely, or leave the strawberry peeking out adds a dramatic dot of color.