an mochi
I LOVE mochi. I make mochi waffles, mochi cupcakes, mochi chicken. But sweet mochi, that’s where it’s at. The new ‘modern’ way is to fill it with ice cream or even PEANUT BUTTER (did angels just sing?) but this here is old skool. And now you can make it yourself at home!

However…I advise you to just go to the mochi store and pay 80 cents, cause this recipe is a pain in the azz, seriously. But here it is if you want to try it. It’s absolutely delicious.

Ingredients:
3-1/2 cups water
1 cup sugar
ΒΌ tsp food coloring (I prefer pink)
1 box mochiko
1 can/bag an (prepared sweet red beans)
potato starch

To start – prep a cutting board by sprinkling liberally with potato starch. Set aside.

An* mochi - *sweet red azuki bean

Boil the water and the sugar until the sugar is dissolved. Add the food coloring and stir. I prefer to always make my mochi PINK, but my MIL prefers green, and since she is demo’ing this recipe, well…

An* mochi - *sweet red azuki bean

Now the fun. Add the box of mochiko and stir like crazy!! I’m dead serious – if you don’t work fast you are so screwed. It gets really really hard to stir.
An* mochi - *sweet red azuki bean

Once combined, dump onto your prepped cutting board.

An* mochi - *sweet red azuki bean

Pull off a round piece. Flatten out, and add a dollop of an beans to the center. (Here is where you’d substitute peanut butter if you like). Pull up the corners around the an, closing up the pouch. Pinch closed. Are you tired yet? You will be.

An* mochi - *sweet red azuki bean
An* mochi - *sweet red azuki bean

Warning: This makes a TON of mochi. You better be going to a party or something, cause it’s plenty. Also, because there are so many, (just look at the picture) you will be filling these things for hours. You know what I mean? TIME CONSUMING. Just saying. But they are so soft and delicious, there is nothing better than freshly homemade mochi. MMMM…
An* mochi - *sweet red azuki bean