Updated: November 07, 2018
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Sakura Mochi, A Beautiful Seasonal Sweet!

In Japan, people are generally quite sensitive about the changing of the seasons and this is reflected in their food culture. In the spring, you'll find some special desserts that highlight the arrival of the season. Why not try some sakura mochi. These rice cake traditional desserts are made with real cherry blossoms.

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Sakura Mochi

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In Japan, people are generally quite sensitive about the changing of the seasons and this is reflected in their food culture. In the spring, you'll find some special desserts that highlight the arrival of the season. Why not try some sakura mochi (pictured above). These rice cake traditional desserts are made with real cherry blossoms. There are many other spring desserts that come out in March. Enjoy them while they last.
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Sakuramochi is a seasonal kind of wagashi made from mochi. The name "sakuramochi" is from "sakura", which means cherry blossoms in Japanese and the word "mochi", which is a glutinous rice cake. When you take a bite, you will feel a slight cherry blossom taste. It is slightly sour and salty because of the leaf, and the centre is made of sweet red bean paste. The mix of textures and tastes makes for a really interesting sweet. You might be taken aback the first bite as it is so completely unique, but you will surely grow to love it quite quickly!

One kind of traditional Japanese sweet which you can taste the season.

Recipe

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This recipe is relatively easier, as you can find red bean paste and pickled sakura leaves in most Japanese grocery stores.

<Ingredients>
-3/4 cup of sweet glutinous rice
-3/4 cup of water
-red food colouring
-1 tbsp of sugar
-3 tbsp of red bean paste
-6 pickled sakura leaves

<Directions>
1. Rinse the rice and let it soak overnight
2. Soak the sakura leaves for 10-15 minutes to remove the salt and then dry them with a paper towel.
3. Roll the red bean paste into 6 small balls.
4. Drain the rice and put into a bowl. Then add water and 1 drop of red food colouring.
5. Cover with plastic and microwave for 6 minutes.
6. Uncover and mix, then cover the bowl with a towel.
7. Add sugar and mix well.
8. Pound the rice until has a sticky texture, then divide it into six portions.
9. Place the rice over plastic wrap and form a rectangle.
10. Place the red bean paste ball in the centre and roll with the help of plastic wrap to cover the red bean paste.
11. Finally, wrap the rice with a sakura leaf.

Enjoy! Preferably the same day or within 3 days if placed in the fridge.

Finally...

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You can enjoy sakura mochi from March for a limited time, so enjoy them before they're gone!
Lili Wanderlust
I love travelling and discovering new cuisines. Japan has a panoply of local dishes to try. I also love yoga, coffee, reading, and cycling.

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