Mochi Magic: 50 Traditional and Modern Recipes for the Japanese Treat

Mochi Magic: 50 Traditional and Modern Recipes for the Japanese Treat

by Kaori Becker


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This fun and colorful book teaches readers how to make mochi — the Japanese treat made of chewy rice dough, commonly filled with fruit, ice cream, or sweet red bean paste and easily molded into adorable shapes and characters. A traditional part of Japanese New Year, mochi is now popular around the globe, found in bakeries, specialty grocers, and health food stores. Author Kaori Becker offers easy-to-follow techniques and recipes for making hand-pounded, steamed, and modern microwave mochi. The book includes a range of recipes for using mochi in cooking and baking, including classic Ozoni Soup to mochi breads, muffins pancakes, donuts, waffles, cookies, and brownies. It is packed with ideas for unique mochi fillings like rosewater, Nutella, Matcha, black sesame, Japanese plum wine, vanilla custard, coconut haupia pudding, taro paste, Oreo Cream Cheese, plus fruits and ice creams. And, of course, the book is packed with how-tos for making cute mochi creations like flowers, pigs, and chicks that will delight kids and adults alike. Kawaii!!

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781635862942
Publisher: Storey Books
Publication date: 11/24/2020
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 197,642
Product dimensions: 7.40(w) x 6.40(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Kaori Becker is the author of Mochi Magic and a cook specializing in Japanese cuisine. Growing up “hapa” (half-Japanese) in the Bay Area, she was drawn to her mother’s Japanese home cooking, especially sweets and baked goods. Together with her mother, Becker runs Kaori’s Kitchen, a Bay Area cooking school featuring popular mochi classes. Becker also co-owns The Mochi Shop in Columbus, Ohio.

Table of Contents

A Life and Love in Mochi 1

1 Mochi-Making Basics 9

Ingredients 10

The Tools 18

The Process 20

2 Daifuku (Filled) Mochi: The Dough 25

Steamed White Daifuku Mochi 28

How to Fill Mochi 32

Microwaved White Daifuku Mochi 35

Nutella and Strawberries Mochi 37

Matcha Mochi 39

Chocolate Mochi 41

Japanese Plum Wine Mochi 44

Rosewater Mochi 46

Coconut Mochi 48

Mango Mochi with Fresh Mango 50

3 Daifuku (Filled) Mochi: The Fillings 53

Tsubu-An and Koshi-An (Sweet Red Bean Paste) 56

Traditional Shiro-An (Sweet White Bean Paste) 58

Strawberry Mochi, Two Ways 62

Vanilla Custard Filling 64

Haupia Pudding 66

Matcha Cream Cheese Filling 69

Black Sesame Cream Cheese Filling 70

Strawberry-Rose Cream Cheese Filling 73

Taro Paste Filling 74

Chocolate and Peanut Butter Filling 75

Chocolate Truffle Filling 76

Matcha Truffle Filling 78

Earl Grey Truffle Filling 80

Strawberry-Rose Truffle Filling 82

Mochi Ice Cream 85

4 Decorating Mochi 91

Easy Decorating Materials and Tips 92

Authentic Nerikiri Dough 96

Quick and Easy Nerikiri Dough 98

Easy Pink Mochi Flowers 100

Baby Chick Mochi 102

Panda Bear Mochi 103

Baby Bear Mochi 104

Pig Mochi 105

5 A New Year's Tradition: Pounded Mochi 106

Pounded White Mochi 110

Yaki Mochi with Sweet Soy Sauce 114

Bacon-Wrapped Mochi 116

Ozoni Soup (Savory New Year's Mochi Soup) 119

6 Odango: Balls of Fun 123

Plain Dango 125

Tofu Dango 126

Sanshoku Dango 130

Matcha Dango with Matcha Sauce 133

Zenzai Soup with Odango 135

Matcha Anmitsu with Mango Dango 137

7 Baked Mochi 141

Kuri Manju (Baked Buns with Sweet Bean Filling) 143

Mochi Cupcakes 148

Japanese-Style Mochi Cupcakes with Sweet Red Bean Filling 149

Mochi Pancakes 151

Plain Mochi Donuts 152

Chocolate Mochi Donuts 154

Black Sesame Mochi Donuts 161

Apple Cider Mochi Donuts 164

Coconut Chi Chi Dango 166

Chewy Mochi Waffles 168

Crispy Tofu Mochi Waffles 170

Chocolate Mochi Brownies 172

Matcha-White Chocolate Mochi Brownies 174

Thank You, Thank You, Thank You! 175

Metric Conversions 176

Index 177

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