Homemade amazake is sweet fermented rice that is typically turned into a warm drink flavoured with fresh ginger. It can also be eaten as a dessert, or used as a natural sweetener for cereals and smoothies. Unlike sake, it is not alcoholic.
The sweetness naturally arises from the breakdown of the complex carbohydrates in rice to simple sugars through koji fermentation. Like all fermented foods, amazake is considered to be very nutritious. It also delicious! On its own homemade amazake has a sweet and toasty flavour. However, I love it even more when it’s spiced with ginger or cinnamon.
Vegan Milk Substitute
Homemade amazake is a great substitute for milk in both hot and cold drinks, and it’s delicious poured over a bowl of cereal for breakfast.
Amazake is also excellent as a milk substitute for baking. The sweetness means that you can reduce the amount of sugar used in the recipe. Due to the fact that it is fermented, amazake has a much richer flavour then typical dairy substitutes and will add depth to vegan baked goods.
Amazake is sweet fermented rice that has been cultured with koji. It is typically turned into a delicious and warming drink flavoured with fresh ginger. It is also a great vegan milk substitute for drinks and baking.
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Cook Time: 15 minutes
- Total Time: 25 minutes
- Yield: 4 cups 1x
- Category: Beverages
- Method: Fermented
- Cuisine: Japanese
- 1/2 cup dried rice (white or brown)
- 1/2 cup koji rice
- 1/2 cup water (chlorine free, enough to cover)
- Rinse the dried rice thoroughly before cooking to wash away the starch.
- Bring the dried rice to a boil in a large pot of water.
- Cook until soft, then drain off the excess water.
- Cool rice to around 130 F (60 C).
- Mix in koji rice.
- Pack the rice into a glass jar for fermentation.
- Cover with water (about 1/2 cup, as needed), then secure the lid to keep the moisture in while fermenting. It doesn’t release CO2 like other ferments so you don’t need to worry about building up pressure.
- Incubate at 130 F (60 C) for up to 16 hours. See notes for advice.
- Puree into a smooth paste and store in the refrigerator until ready to use.
- An easy way to maintain the right temperature is to use a rice cooker or a slow cooker set on warm. I have a Brød & Taylor Bread Proofer & Yogurt Maker (affiliate link,) which I use for most of my ferments.
- To turn the amazake paste into a drink, mix 1 part amazake with 1 part water. Then you can serve it hot or cold. Just adjust the amount of water according to your own taste. Warm amazake is traditionally served with a pinch of fresh grated ginger.
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