When it comes to traditional Japanese desserts, mochi stands out for its soft and chewy texture. These delightful treats are often enjoyed during special occasions, and one popular variation is the mochi mooncake with red bean filling. If you’re looking to recreate this authentic Japanese dessert in your own kitchen, we’ve got you covered with this step-by-step recipe.
For the Mochi Dough:
- 1 cup of glutinous rice flour
- 1/4 cup of sugar
- 2/3 cup of water
- 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil
- Potato starch or cornstarch for dusting
For the Red Bean Filling:
- 1 cup of sweetened red bean paste (store-bought or homemade)
- In a microwavable bowl, combine the glutinous rice flour and sugar. Stir to mix well.
- Gradually add water to the rice flour mixture while stirring. Make sure there are no lumps. Once combined, add the vegetable oil and mix until smooth.
- Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and microwave on high power for 2 minutes. Remove from the microwave and give it a good stir. Re-cover and microwave for another 1-2 minutes until the dough is fully cooked and translucent.
- Let the mochi dough cool down slightly. Dust a clean surface or cutting board with potato starch or cornstarch to prevent sticking. Transfer the mochi dough onto the surface.
- Divide the mochi dough into small equal portions. Take one portion and flatten it with your hands. Place about 1 tablespoon of red bean paste in the center of the flattened mochi dough.
- Gather the edges of