Sunday, June 04, 2006

Mochi: Soft and Sweet Just Like You

My friend Alan showed me how to make this mochi while I was visiting in Arizona. This is a quick baked version he found while living in Hawaii. The original mochi is a Japanese recipe which apparently is labour intensive. I had bought mochi before from our local Asian grocery in Sarasota, it was good, but not as good as Alan’s. He told me the coconut milk must be the high fat version if you are going to bother to make this, low fat milk does not impart the rich flavour. Watch out, the subtle sweet taste and smooth sticky texture are addictive. I found myself gravitating over to the mochi bowl for mid morning and afternoon snacks. He said in Hawaii you would find a pyramid of mochi, each piece wrapped carefully in wax paper for Christmas or special occasions. We cut the mochi into rectangles, but Alan and I discussed the possibility of making shapes with cookie cutters. Whenever you eat this mochi, you are guaranteed a special occasion.

Before cutting the mochi out of the pan trim the dry edges off. These can be put aside and eaten, but they don't look as special as the rest of the pieces.

  • 1 pound mochi flour
  • 2 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 can coconut milk (12 oz)
  • 1 3/4 cups water
  • 1 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3 drops red food colouring
  • potato starch

    Mix the dry ingredients thoroughly.
    Combine the coconut milk, water and vanilla extract in another bowl. Slowly add to dry ingredients and mix till smooth. Add food colouring and stir.

    Pour into a well greased 9x13 inch baking pan. Cover tightly with aluminium foil and bake in a preheated oven 350 degrees exactly one hour. Remove from the oven and remove foil. Let it cool then cut into strips and peel up from the pan then cut the strips into smaller pieces. Before cutting roll the strips in the potato starch to keep the mochi from sticking together.

    This does not need refrigeration and can be stored in an airtight container. It won't last very long. Believe me.

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    Alan said...

    Our mochi is all gone now. Here's some other info on pounding mochi, fyi...

    lauren said...

    miranda and i were talking today at the olive mines and we think it would be fun if you guys had the two of us over for dinner one night before i skip hu?? what do ya say?

    K & S said...

    Wow, you made mochi?! That is great. You can make your own sweet bean paste and put it into these mochi. Here's a link:
    Any kind of beans will do, the sugar will sweeten them up!

    polly + dieter said...

    thank you for the link information. dieter and i just came back from san francisco where we ate many many chinese moon cakes filled with sweet bean paste. i am totally addicted. i will try making some bean paste for sure. from now on its sweet bean paste in everything.