coconut mochi snowmen

December 8, 2010 § 10 Comments

Having Japan on my mind this week and not being able to wait for O.T. to bring me some authentic Japanese mochi, I decided to make my own version using coconut milk and shredded coconut, shaped into jolly snowmen. 

If you haven’t tried mochi, it is a chewy confection made of sweet rice flour.  There are many variations of mochi and most are filled with paste like red bean and black sesame.

I’ve done my bit of experimentation with making mochi this year, feeling obliged to do so considering they are priced no less than $2 for 6 tiny pieces at Asian grocery stores here in Toronto.  I was stunned to discover it is such a cheap and simple thing to make.  Most recipes I’ve come upon call for a microwave method.

To make these adorable coconut snowmen, mix together in a microwave safe bowl: 1-1/2 c of mochiko (ground sweet rice flour), 1-1/2 c of coconut milk, and 3/4 c of sugar.  Then cover most of the bowl with plastic wrap, leaving a small opening.  The plastic wrap allows the mochi to be steamed while in the microwave for 6-7 minutes, on high.  You will know it is done when the surface looks smooth and glossy.  If it is matte, it means that it is overdone and will be tough.  Let it cool briefly until it is manageable to the touch.  It cannot be too cool, otherwise it will be difficult to shape.  Remove from the bowl and place on a cutting board covered with shredded coconut.  Slice into cubes.  With some shredded coconut in your palms, quickly shape into balls.  Use a toothpick to stack three and decorate as you wish.

If you want authentic plain mochi, simply use water instead of coconut milk.

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