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What else you can do in 10 Minutes…


Make mocha mochi!

I remember when Mama would make us mochi on special occasions.  I reflect back fondly on those times.  It happened rarely and when it did, us kids knew we were in for a special treat.  It took such time and dedication, that it was something definitely meant to savor.  However sometimes, it would leave burns on her fingers and hands…understandably so.  She would laboriously pound the HOT, steamed Mochi until it was smooth and elastic…a labor of love, she insisted.

As a grown up, I began making mochi for her, no special occasion required.  This updated version takes 10 minutes sans the icky burns.  How can you say no?

Mochi rice cakes
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  • 1 cup of sweet rice flour
  • 4 tb sugar
  • ½ ts fine salt
  • 1 cup of cold, brewed coffee
  • 8 ts drops of nutella or chocolate
  • Dusting of wheat/corn starch (for sprinkling)

  1. Dollop tablespoons of nutella on wax/parchment and slip into the freezer to set.
  2. Combine all of your dry ingredients together and sift.
  3. Slowly drizzle in your cold coffee.
  4. Stir to combine.
  5. Pop this into the microwave (loosely cover with plastic wrap with a small opening)
  6. Microwave/steam time varies for different Microwaves, mine takes approximately 3-4 minutes.
  7. When it comes out, take a spoon and work the mixture by smoothing, stirring, stretching. You want to give your dough a work out. Generally, the longer you “beat” it, the chewier your finished mochi will be.
  8. Dust your work surface with wheat Starch and dump out your mochi. Remember to dust your hands, every bit of surface area of your mochi and the cutting instrument you’ll be using.
  9. Roughly roll it out into a log and slice your pieces.
  10. Flatten each piece with your palms and take your nutella and enclose it in its own mochi package. It helps to lay it flat and gather the edges and squeeze to seal. Lay on its seam and enjoy.

That’s all she wrote, folks!

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