Mochi (say: Moe Chee) is a traditional Japanese food made from sweet brown rice. I have had this weird relationship with mochi for years. I always thought I should like it, I'd buy it, prepare it as directed on the package, and then I'd go YUCK! I recently came across a recipe for mochi, prepared in an entirely different way, and I decided to give it another chance. I confess I was not optimistic. To my great surprise, I really liked it! It puffed up, and was chewy on the inside, and crispy on the outside, just like they always promised! The secret was to put the cut up pieces in dry cast iron skillet, and cook it over a medium/low heat for about 5 minutes per side - and never, ever try to bake it like the package says.
The plate of mochi pictured above is the raisin & cinnamon variety, served with maple syrup, fresh blueberries, and sliced almonds. Yum! It's like a healthy, chewy, easy version of homemade pancakes.