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Hwajeon

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This was my first attempt at Hwajeon, a pan-fried rice cake in syrup.

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Normally they are decorated with the leaves of a daisy and the flower is made from jujube. I only had dried jujube, so I soaked it in water, but I also made half of the cakes using softer medjool dates.

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I didn’t have daisy leaves, so I used mint and dill leaves. I was afraid they would impart too much flavour – especially the dill – but it turned out okay. The cakes are thicker than they ought to be, and I clearly need a more delicate touch with my floral design, but I still think they’re pretty.

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