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Monday, February 21, 2011

Meatless Monday - Breakfast Mochi

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.


Rose said...

That looks so delicious...blueberries and maple syrup. Yum.

I tried mochi several years ago and wasn't very impressed either. Thanks for the tip; I'm going to give it another try.

Jamie said...

The blueberries won me over.

Gilding Lilies said...

Let me know what you think Rose, I'll be curious to hear.
I agree Jamie, put enough fresh blueberries with just about anything and I'll be happy.

Islaborg said...

That looks fantastic and sounds like it would taste similar to mochi waffles, maybe? 'Plain' mochi is really overpriced here unfortunately, but I would love to give this a try someday.

Gilding Lilies said...

I've never had mochi waffles, but I would love to try them!