This recipe uses a microwave tube pan specially designed for mochi with a removable bottom. You don't need one, you can just use a square pyrex with an overturned coffee cup in the middle. I do love the microwave tube pan, because the removable bottom makes it easy to remove the mochi. Plus it's less than $6 online!
I was kind of apprehensive to use jello in mochi. As I've made it clear on this blog, I'm not too fond of jello. My mother is the ravenous jello freak that keeps requesting jello for holidays, whereas I find it kind of weird. However, jello does not impart any sort of texture change to the mochi, just the color and flavor.
|Microwave Tube Pan|
Use any jello flavor that strikes your fancy, I think a lime mochi or fruit punch mochi would be fun and exciting! I used mango and strawberry flavors for these ones. For extra flavor, replace the water with fruit juice, like orange jello + orange juice!
|This is even at Ralph's|
1 cup of Mochiko (glutinous rice flour*)
1 cup of granulated sugar
1 3 ounce package of jello
1 cup of hot water
katakuriko for dusting (potato starch)
*A gluten free flour, it is named glutinous rice flour because of its stickiness
Mix the jello powder and the sugar together in a large bowl, then add the hot water. Whisk until dissolved, then slowly whisk the mochiko into the mixture until it has been completely incorporated and there are no dry clumps.
|It looks lighter before steaming|
Now you have two choices: Round hand-formed mochi, or cut mochi. For hand-formed mochi, wait for the mochi to cool enough that it's hot and malleable but cool enough to handle. Dust katakuriko on your palms, and grab some mochi. Roll it into a ball with your hands, and dip it in more katakuriko and keep rolling until it is not sticky anymore but ball shaped. Repeat with the rest of the mochi, working fast so that it doesn't cool and become hard to roll.
|The cooled mochi is darker|
I don't have any cookie cutters, but I think small flowers would be a beautiful touch.
Ichigo Daifuku Mochi
Beni Imo Daifuku Mochi