This New Year’s I decided to make Mochi. I did not make it to add to broth, but as a delicious candy. This is the second time I made it. The first time, I steamed them on the stove with homemade cranberry sauce inside. Those instructions will come later. This time, I tried the microwave method and were not filled with any extra yumminess.
Orange Mochi – Microwave method
1 1/2 Cup of Mochiko (It is a glutinous sweet rice flour. I use Koda Farms – Blue Star Brand)
3/4 Cup Sugar (just regular sugar – not powdered)
2 to 3 drops of vegetable oil
1 1/2 cup liquid (I put “liquid”, but you could use water. I used the juice from 4 mandarin oranges then the rest was water. I should have used more juice, it did not have a strong enough orange flavor that I was looking for)
Food coloring (optional, I used orange to make it more orange than the juice provided)
3/4 cup Corn starch
1/4 cup powdered sugar
In a medium sized mixing bowl, combine dry ingredients (1 1/2 cup rice flour, 3/4 cup sugar). Add 1 1/2 cup of the liquid of your choice, drops of oil, and your food coloring. Mix well until it comes to the consistency of pancake batter.
Cover with plastic wrap and put in microwave – mine took 8 minutes on high. Depending on your microwave you could have it in there anywhere from 6 to 10 minutes. After it is finished cooking, take out of microwave and let it cool. When it is cool enough to handle, dump it out on a plastic cutting board. As it cooled, I gently worked it into a large circle with the thickness that I wanted. I would leave it sit until it became easy to handle. Since the dusting contains powdered sugar, you will want it to really be cool enough as to not melt the powdered sugar. While I waited for it to cool, I combined the 2 ingredients for the dusting powder. After it has cooled, it is shaped to the the depth that I wanted, I pulled out the pizza cutter. Sometimes I had to dip the pizza cutter into the dusting powder in order for it not to stick while cutting the Mochi into squares. After I had cut the Mochi into squares I put them in the bowl of dusting powder, shook off the excess, and placed them in their container. Thanks to Little Red for the help, it went by real quick.
It was really simple to make it and took next to no time at all. The longest part was waiting for it to cool down enough to handle. They turned out really yummy, however I would have like a bit more of an orange flavor.
What is your favorite flavor of Mochi?