This is a classic strawberry mochi. You can prepare your own paste by putting red beans in water for 8 hours, or you can buy a paste in any Asian store. Everything else is simple: you will need water, starch , a bit of sugar and rice flour. And, of course, 6 juicy, red strawberries. We recommend buying smaller berries.
Preparing mochi requires a bit of patience. The process is very mediative if you do everything mindfully. When you make the dough, you should be very careful because it sticks to your hands. You can prepare this with children by asking a child to wrap the dough around the strawberry. The process is very fun when you have children, it’s like you’re playing with play dough. Even though children can’t shape the mochi right, they will think their pieces are the best.
You can give a try to a delicious Asian dessert with this simple recipe and then experiment with other fillings, such as bananas and chocolate drops. I think that nothing can beat juicy strawberries hiding in a paste of red beans and covered with savory and chewy mochi. Enjoy this snack!
Homemade Ichigo Daifuku (strawberry red bean mochi)
Ichigo Daifuku is Japanese word for a popular summer version of Mochi - strawberry red bean cakes that are very soft and chewy and stuffed with juicy and fresh strawberries. It's very popular in Asia but you can prepare it in almost any country. If you love strawberries and moderately sweet fillings inside a chewy dough, this recipe is definitely for you.
- 6 strawberries
- 150 g red bean paste
- 100 g rice flour
- 20 g sugar
- 10 ml water
- 60 g starch for dusting
Start but rinsing and drying the strawberries. Divide the red bean paste in 6 portions of the same size. Wash your hands before working with the paste because it can stick to them.
Take a strawberry and wrap it with paste, the tip of the berry should be uncovered. Wash and dry your hand every time you take a new strawberry.
Take a bowl and put rice flour and sugar, then add water and mix everything together. The consistency should be thick. Wrap the bowl with plastic wrap.
Put the bowl in a microwave for a minute. Mix everything together again, the texture should be floury and white. Put the bowl in a microwave again, then mix again. Now it should look more like mochi but still a bit too dry and floury.
Put in the microwave for 30 seconds. The mixture should lose the white color and turn translucent. Dust the tray with the starch and put mochi. Take a spatula and fold the mochi in half. Divide it into 6 pieces.
Dust your hands with starch and make every mochi flat. Put strawberries wrapped in the paste in the center, the tip of the berry should be facing down. Carefully cover the strawberry with mochi dough. Hold the mochi on top with your thumb. When the strawberry is covered, twist the top part. Form a round shape. Repeat this step to make all 6 mochi.
You can serve them immediately or put in a fridge. They can stay there for up to 2 days.