Mochi is a delicious, chewy Japanese dessert. It traditionally contains filling such as red bean paste, but in this Instructables, I will teach you how to make plain mochi, which is yummy as is! Also, although mochi is normally steamed and then molded into balls while it's hot, I found a nice recipe for baking mochi, which I find to be easier--and less painful! The mochi tastes just as good.
Step 1: Gathering Your Ingredients
To make mochi, you will need the following ingredients:
1 box Mochiko glutinous rice flour
1 + 3/4 cup white sugar
1 tsp baking powder
2 cups water
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 14oz can of coconut milk
You can find the Mochiko flour and potato starch at a Chinese or Japanese grocery store. If you can't find the Mochiko brand, you can just buy a bag of glutinous rice flour.
You will also need the following basic tools:
9x13 baking pan
Measuring spoons (to measure in tsps)
2 mixing bowls
You will need to use a pan that is exactly 9x13 (or very close to it) because changing the size of the pan changes the thickness of the mixture, thus changing the baking time. I've tried using differently sized pans in the past, and it hasn't worked well.
This recipe makes a lot of mochi (around 35 servings).