Sunday, January 16, 2011

Rabbit Mochi

It has been a long time since I attempted the Japanese sweet gooey Mochi. Like Daifuku, Mochi is solely made from the mixture of glutinous rice flour with water, which is then steamed and shaped with sweet fillings inserted and presented as snack or for tea time. The Japanese, like most Asians do not eat sweet dessert after dinner and mostly, only slices of fresh fruits are served.

With the Chinese New Year coming up, I thought of this Rabbit shaped Mochi. Partly because the design is simple and white without need of much hand moulding and further decorating. Most of Japanese Wagashi contains the mashed red bean filling but for this I opted crushed peanuts as I was lazy to cook and prepare the red bean paste that can take about 2 hours from start to finish!

As with all mochi, working fast with the steamed glutinous rice flour is the key. Just like sushi rice, you need to work with it while it is still warm or else it gets harder to mould. The filling must be made first and prepared and all other extra flour and tools are ready on hand.

Recipe for Filling :
100g toasted peanuts, skin removed
50g sugar
2 tbsp peanut butter

To make: Grind the peanuts and sugar together, not too fine. Spoon in the peanut butter and stir around. Form 6 balls with your hand, measuring appx. 25g each.

Recipe for Mochi skin :
150g Shiratamako flour (Japanese Glutinous Sweet RiceFlour)
1 tbsp sugar
110ml water
1 tbsp Crisco spread
extra shiratamako flour (lightly fried)
red non pareils for eyes decoration

To Make: Stir the flour together with the sugar. Slowly add water to make a dough. Prepare steamer and wet a kitchen towel and lay on a large steaming plate. Take the dough, divide into 6 to 8 equal sized pieces, appx. 30g each. Lay them on the wet towel and steam for 7 mins.
Take out and put in a bowl, cut in the Crisco and mix quickly with a spatula.
Sprinkle the extra flour on your hands and divide the cooked dough into 6 to 8 pieces and take one, roll it out a little and stretch a bit. Place 1 ball of the filling in the middle of the dough and wrap it up. Using your hands, roll it gently and shape it like a rabbit's body. Continue with the rest.
With a kitchen shears, snip to shape the ears and using a tweezer, insert the red non pareils. Serve and eat within 1 day.

Makes 6

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

it's so cute ! Your blog is really interresting ! Damage in France it is hard to find ingredients to make mochi ... why there is not there more comments? it's really a good site, I'm happy I found it!