How to Make a Japanese Parfait
(Once again, thank you to Yuna for the commission! And this ends the week of Mitsuhide, ahaha.)
[YUZUKI]: “Wow… what a pretty yokan.”
Yuzuki-san stared fixedly at the tea sweets I brought.
[MITSUHIDE]: “Please, go ahead and eat some.”
[YUZUKI]: “Thank you so much.”
She put the yokan, which was cut into small pieces, into her mouth and smiled happily.
[YUZUKI]: “It’s sweet and delicious…! Also… it’s a little nostalgic. There was yokan in the world I was in too.”
[MITSUHIDE]: “Is that so. What other sweets are there?”
[YUZUKI]: “For example, there’s a sweet called pudding that’s very popular.”
I could not even imagine what sort of sweets that was from its name alone.
[YUZUKI]: “Pudding is like a sweet chawanmushi made by steaming a liquid mixture of milk and eggs and sugar.”
[MITSUHIDE]: (It’s made with very expensive ingredients… I wonder what kind of taste it has.)
[YUZUKI]: “If you’d like, why don’t we make a sweet from my world with the ingredients that can be prepared here?”
[MITSUHIDE]: “Yes, if there is something I can make, I’d be pleased to make it together.”
Hearing her talk, I wanted to see what kind of sweets there were in another world–
The next day, when I went to the kitchens, she was already prepared and waiting.
[MITSUHIDE]: “I apologize for the wait. What are we making today?”
[YUZUKI]: “A Japanese parfait.”
[MITSUHIDE]: “Japanese… par-fae?”
When I tilted my head at the unfamiliar word, she held out a small paper with a slightly shy expression.
[YUZUKI]: “I wrote up the preparations for a Japanese parfait yesterday.”
[YUZUKI]: “To explain it simply, a parfait is a tall container packed with the sweets and fruits you like.”
[MITSUHIDE]: (There appears to be many really interesting foods in her world.)
I was very excited to see what the finished sweet called a Japanese parfait would be like.
[YUZUKI]: “Well then, why don’t we start.”
After we both confirmed the preparation method I worked on cutting up the fruits and shaping them.
[MITSUHIDE]: (As expected, it takes time to do something not habitual…)
Beside me, as I put up a lone struggle, Yuzuki-san was making small dango with rice flour and lining them up skillfully on a plate.
My heart softened when I saw her pleased look.
[MITSUHIDE]: (Her appearance of working with the utmost effort is really adorable… I have to do my best as well so as not to be a burden on her.)
The ingredients were packed in order from the bottom of the container and, gradually, the shape of the sweet called a parfait began to be completed.
Inside, there was a sponge cake flavored with matcha, then it was filled extravagantly with red bean paste… and then the surrounding was garnished by small, white dango and fruits.
[MITSUHIDE]: “The color of the entire parfait is vivid and beautiful… furthermore, it is an extravagant sweet, isn’t it.”
[YUZUKI]: “Yes, after you eat it your stomach becomes full.”
Saying that, she smiled and her eyes glittered with happiness.
[YUZUKI]: “Mitsuhide-san, why don’t you put on these raspberries that were picked up in the mountains as the very last thing?”
[MITSUHIDE]: (… Hm?)
There was a faint white powder on Yuzuki-san’s cheek when I looked closely at her face.
[MITSUHIDE]: “Please don’t move. There’s sugar on your cheek… I’ll remove it.”
[YUZUKI]: “… Ah.”
I brought my face closer and, when I gently stroked her cheek to wipe it off, Yuzuki-san’s face became red.
I kissed her softly.
She looked at me with a face that was surprised at the sudden event.
[YUZUKI]: “T-That… was a surprise.”
[MITSUHIDE]: “Ahaha… you were so adorable that it just happened.”
Her cheeks reddened even more and, when she quickly pulled away from me, she presented the small plate that was placed on the table in a slight hurry.
[YUZUKI]: “U-Um… Mitsuhide-san, please do it.”
Raspberries were on the plate.
I picked up a raspberry and handed over one to Yuzuki-san.
[MITSUHIDE]: “Since this is the last decoration, why don’t we place it on together?”
She gave a small nod with an embarrassed look.
[MITSUHIDE]: “Then, at the same time…”
Accompanied by bright red raspberries, the Japanese parfait was completed even more brilliantly.
[MITSUHIDE]: “It’s complete with this, isn’t it.”
I suddenly looked at Yuzuki-san and she was also looking at me again.
[YUZUKI]: “It was really fun making this with you, Mitsuhide-san.”
[MITSUHIDE]: “Yes, for me as well. I was able to spend a lovely time with you… Thank you very much.”
I pulled Yuzuki-san’s body towards myself and held her tenderly–