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