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Daifuku

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A popular Japanese sweet, Daifuku is a small round mochi stuffed with sweet red bean paste. This recipe shows how you can make this delicious snack at home with quick steam over the stovetop or in the microwave. 

Ingredients

   ·      ¾ cup shiratamako (glutinous rice flour/sweet rice flour) (¾ cup = 100 g)
   ·      ¾ cup water (¾ cup = 180 ml)
   ·      ¼ cup sugar (¼ cup = 50 g) (See Notes)
   ·      ½ cup potato starch/corn starch (½ cup = 100 g)
   ·      1½ cup red bean paste (anko) (I use “tsubuan”, see Notes for homemade recipe)

Substitute for shiratamako:
   ·      ¾ cup Mochiko (glutinous rice flour/sweet rice flour) (¾ cup = 115 g

Instructions

1.    Gather all the ingredients.
2.    Combine shiratamako and sugar in a medium bowl and whisk all together.
3.    Add water and mix well until combined.
4.    Microwave Method: If you’re using a microwave to cook mochi, cover the bowl with some plastic wrap (do not cover too tight). Put the bowl in the microwave and heat it on high heat (1100w) for 1 minute. Take it out and stir with wet rubber spatula. Cover again and cook for 1 minute. Stir again, cover, and cook for 30 seconds to finish cooking. The color of mochi should change from white to almost translucent.
5.    Steaming Method: If you’re using a steamer, cover the steamer lid with a towel so the condensation won’t drop into the mochi mixture. Put the bowl into a steamer basket and cover to cook for 15 minutes. Half way cooking, stir with wet rubber spatula and cover to finish cooking. The color of mochi should change from white to almost translucent.
6.    Cover the work surface with parchment paper and dust it generously with potato starch. Then transfer the cooked mochi on top.
7.    To prevent from sticking, sprinkle more potato starch on top of the mochi. Once it’s cool down a bit, you can spread the mochi into a thin layer with your hands or with a rolling pin. Make sure to apply potato starch on your hands and the rolling pin. I recommend using a rolling pin because it’s easier to evenly spread out.
8.    Transfer the mochi with parchment paper onto a large baking sheet. Refrigerate for 15 minutes until the mochi is set.
9.    Take out the mochi from the refrigerator and cut out 7-8 circles with the cookie cutter.
10.Dust off the excess potato starch with a pastry brush. If you find some sticky part, cover the area with potato starch first then dust off. Place a plastic wrap on a plate and then mochi wrapper on top, then lay another layer of plastic wrapper down. Repeat for all wrappers. With leftover mochi dough, roll into a ball and then flatten into a thin layer again and cut out into more circle wrappers (I could make about 12 mochi wrappers).
11.Now we’re ready to make daifuku mochi. On the work surface, place one sheet of plastic wrap with a mochi layer on top. Using the cookie scoop, scoop out anko on top of the mochi wrapper.
12.Pinch the four corners of the mochi layer together to wrap the anko. Then pinch the remaining corners together. 
13.Put some potato starch on the sealed area and set aside. Continue making the rest of daifuku mochi. Store in a cool dry place (refrigerator in summer months) and enjoy within two days.

Recipe Notes
Granulated sugar: Do not omit sugar as it helps mochi stay softer.

Equipment you will need:
   ·     A cookie dough scoop (smaller than an ice cream scooper)
   ·     A rolling pin
   ·     3.5 inch (9 cm) cookie cutter or a round bowl



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