Do you like trying new foods? I sure do. So last weekend while at The Big Carrot with a friend we stumbled across Mochi. Not knowing what it was, we read the package - 'the rice cake u bake", Ingredients: brown rice and water. Hmm...cake with two ingredients - clearly we had to see what it was all about.
According to Wikipedia, Mochi is a traditional food for the Japanese New Year, made out of glutinous rice pounded into a paste and moulded into shape.
It's simple, you unwrap the package and break it into squares or chunks. You then broil it in the oven for 5 to 10 minutes and ....
Voila! Cute, puffed up squares.
These look really yummy don't they? Well, hold your horses. Mochi is certainly interesting, but it has a really bizarre texture. The outside is crispy while the inside is super chewy and doughy. There is no sugar or seasoning in it so it's quite bland and absolutely needs something to accompany it. My solution was to drizzle with maple syrup and cinnamon, which did the trick, but you can also go savoury.
Did I enjoy the mochi? Yep.
Am I glad I didn't serve it at a dinner party? Yep.Will I buy it again? Probably not.
Do I think it can be transformed into a tasty healthy snack? Oh yes. I'd love to hear about your mochi success stories!
Wishing you mochi success,