These are traditional sweets made with satsumaimo potatoes. Shibori means wringing and chakin means tea cloth in Japanese. Chakin shibori is a method for forming mashed ingredients in a thin cloth.
Yield: 10 small cakes
- 1 lb satsumaimo, peeled and cut into half-inch thick rounds
- 3 Tbsp sugar
- juice from 1/2 lemon
- 2 Tbsp raisins
- Soak satsumaimo in water for about 15 minutes.
- Drain satsumaimo and put in a medium pan.
- Pour water to cover the satsumaimo.
- Boil until satsumaimo is softened.
- Drain and put the satsumaimo in a bowl.
- Mash satsumaimo.
- Add sugar and mix well.
- Add raisins and mix well.
- Add lemon juice and mix well.
- Put a small ball of mashed satsumaimo in a cheesecloth or a sheet of plastic wrap.
- Gather ends and twist the cloth or plastic wrap to leave some patterns on the surface.
- Unwrap it.